Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 114 (1). (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Akbar-namah by Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Mubārak, 1551-1602

Folio eight (so numbered, but beginning of text proper), recto: a) Note of purchase in Ilichpur, 1 Safar 1149. b) English note giving name of author and subject of the work, signed 'David Price' 1794. Ff8b-9a. The top and outer borders are filled diagonally by the scribe of the main text with prefatory material, probably by Abu 'l-Fadl. (Needs to be compared with the printed text) Pencil notes in English in the margins, presumbaly written by Price. Table of contents on two folios before text. First flyleaf, recto. Assorted notes, presumably written by David Price, including a list of the signs of the Zodiac with their Islamic names and one of the European and and Persian months. A history of the Emperor Akbar. Daftars 1 and 2. Headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Allahu Akbar chi daryaftist zharf u shinakhti shigarf
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 542-551.
Rieu, i, pp. 247-8.
Ethe, No 235.
Price translated much of the early part of the work in his Chronological Retrospect, or Memoirs of the Principal Events of Mahommedan History ... (London 1821), iii, pp. 658-950, and An Account of the Siege and Reduction of Chaitur, by the Emperor Akbar, In Miscellaneous Translations from Oriental Languages, ii, (London 1834), No II. For Price's bequest see the Journal for 1834, pp. 154, vi, lxxvi-ii, and 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary note p. lx).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 232
Dimensions (leaf): 16.75 × 9.5 in.


32 lines on a page




Red leather Indian binding with stamped and blind-stamped and painted decoration, the gilding partly lost. English replacement spine with tooled title etc.


Origin: Thursday 17 Rajab A.H. 1146, regnal year 12 of Muhammad Shah.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest from Major David Price, received 5 March 1836.


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