Browne 1428. A verse account of the pseudo-Mahdi Sayyid Muhammad b. 'Abdu'llah b. 'Uthman b. Khidr. Urdu.

Paper. 225 x 150mm. 166 fos. Collation: 3 flyleaves, 18-208, 216, 3 flyleaves.

Nasta'liq, rubricated. 2 columns of 13 lines to a page.

Blind tooled red goatskin binding.

A verse account in Urdu of the pseudo-Mahdi Sayyid Muhammad b. 'Abdu'llah b. 'Uthman b. Khidr, who traces his genealogy to the Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq. He seems to have been born in 847/1443-4, and to have declared himself in 905/1499-1500 in Jawnpur.

Copied by Muhammad Ya'qub for Khwaja Baha'u'd-Din.

The early part of the MS contains interlinear and marginal pencil and pen translations of words and phrases into English.

A MS note on the final flyleaf reads 'F. Ingram. This is the account of Seyd Mahommed of Jaunpoor the founder of the sect of Mehdevee Putans; it is a work which it is not easy to procure.'

A letter is pasted onto the penultimate flyleaf from the Rev. Delaval Shafto Ingram (Great Oakley Rectory, Harwich), dated 3 March 1891, and reads 'My dear Sir, The volumes about which you inquire originally belonged to an uncle of mine, Francis Ingram, Captain in the 46th Regiment, who died in 1832 in the Madras Presidency at the age of 24. He has then been some 8 years in India, & had been interested in the study of the languages & set much store by his books, only part of which came to me. The note written in the book about Seyd Mahomed is in his handwriting. I do not remember the slip in the other. I cannot decypher either book, & only wish that after having laid so many years unread they meet if possible with readers.'