The Tarikh-e firishta, also known as the Gulshan-I Ibrahim, presents a historical account of India, beginning before the Muslim conquest and describing the kingdoms and provinces as well more legendary events and facts connected to its geography. It is divided in twelve sections, the first ten of which give the historical account of the various kingdoms. The eleventh deals with the Muslims of Malabar and the twelfth presents the history of various Muslim saints in India. The conclusion focuses on climate and geography. Another copy of the work, dated 1152 AH/1739-40 AD is now in the Cambridge Library (inv. no.Add.2623).
Mir Karam’ali Khan Talpur (d.1828) was one of the four brothers who ruled Hyderabad, known as chahar yar ‘Four Friends’. He was a poet with the pen-name ‘Karam’ and described as well-educated and a man of literary tastes, drawing poets and learned men to his court. He compiled a book of select verses from different sources and named it Majmu’ah-ye-delgosha. He was fond of rich and beautiful swords and imported skilled sword-makers, scribes and painters. A sword bearing his name was sold in these rooms, 12 October 2000, lot 198.
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