Calcutta Ahmadi Press 1263 Hijri (1846 CE)
8vo, 23 x 15 cm; pp.216. Printed Urdu text. Contemporary Indian mottled calf, spine gilt with morocco lettering-piece; lacking front and rear free endpapers, lower board with a short cut to the edge; a few contemporary manuscript notes, one glossing demon in Greek and Urdu.
Library of Congress only.
Later edition (first, 1804), of this Urdu translation from the Persian of 'Izzat Allah Bangali, composed by Nihal Chand in 1803 under the supervision of John Gilchrist. The Persian story is a fairy tale, originally from an Indian source, and recounts the romance of the prince Taj-ul-Mulk and the fairy Bakavali. It is more commonly known as the Gul-i-Bakawal. It seems likely that this was produced for a local rather than European readership, despite the annotations to this copy.