Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Hindustani 2 (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Shigarf nāmah-ʼi vilāyah by I’tesamuddin, Mirza Sheikh, ca. 1730-ca. 1800

Front flyleaf, recto: a) Presented to the Royal Asiatic Society by James Burgess Esq MD JUne 1878 b) Signature in pencil: J Burgess c) Sgnature in ink: G Govan(?_) F149b: Impression of oval seal of Suchet Ray dated 1215, followed by an apologetic comment on his handwriting. Account of the author's journey to England in 1767 and his experiences there. Copied on the suggestion of Dr Govan(?). Headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Sitayish wa niyayish malik al-mulki-ra sazad
Language(s): Persian (Not Hindustani)


Storey, i, pp. 1142-4.
Rieu, i, p. 383.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 149
Dimensions (leaf): 9.75 × 6.25 in.


17 and 16 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. Suchet Ray


Light brown leather binding.


Origin: In the third watch of the day of the new moon Bhadon 1867 Samvat, 19 August A.D. 1811 and Jumada II A.H. 1226.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: Dr James Burgess.


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