The Book Known as “The Sulṭānī History”


Tārīkh-i Sulṭānī (The Sulṭānī history) is a historical study of the Afghan people and the rulers of Afghanistan from the beginnings of Islam to the mid-19th century. The work was published as a lithographic print in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) in 1881. This copy has been rebound, with “Ṣaḥāfī Sulṭān Muḥammad, Kabul" gold-stamped on the back cover. The title page and pages 3−4 are damaged and repaired with no loss of text. The last page (page 291) has been repaired and missing text added in ink in a later hand. Lithographic printing was invented in Europe in the late-18th century and spread widely on the Indian subcontinent from the early 19th century onward, its popularity stemming from the relative ease with which it could be used to reproduce different scripts not based on the Latin alphabet.

Date Created

Publication Information

Maṭbaʻ-i Jahanʹnamā, Bombay


Title in Original Language

کتاب مسمى بتاريخ سلطانى /‏ ‏من تأليف خان عاليشان سلطان محمد خان ابن موسى خان درانى

Type of Item

Physical Description

291 pages : lithographic printing ; 25 centimeters

Last updated: September 30, 2016