Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 115. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


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

The first six folios of text are on different paper and in a hand that is probably later. The rest are on similar paper, but the scribe of Daftar 1 is less accomplished than that of Daftar II. Folio one, recto: Signature of David Price. Bound in between second and third flyleaves is a sheet of paper with, on the recto, what appears to be a passage of draft translation, probably in Price's hand, and, on the verso financial calculations in sterling. Marginal notes and glosses in Persian, and notes in pen and pencil in English, presumably written by Price. Below final colophon, impression of small round seal: Bandah-i Al-i Muhammad Taqi. Final folio, verso, three seal impressions: a) Same as above. b) Small, elongated: Bandah-i Al-i Muhammad Hashim. c) Small, round. Not read. Third and fourth folios, rectos, assorted notes, presumably written by Price. Vol. I. Parts 1 and 2. Containing the history to A.H. 979. Part of the same work as Codrington/Reade No 114 (1). Some rubricated headings. Crude astrological diagrams in the section on Akbar's horoscope.

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


As for Codrington/Reade No 114 (1)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 294
Dimensions (leaf): 12 × 8.5 in.


23 lines on a page




Red and black Indian leather binding with blind-tooling, stamped cartouches, the gilding largely lost, and painted decoration. The central cartouches have an inscription, probably in verse (not read). The corner cartouches and marginal bands are made with the tools used on Codrington/Reade No 114. The spine has been repaired and has the title etc tooled in English.


Origin: 15 Rabi' I A.H. 1014, in final colophon.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest from Major David Price received 5 March 1836


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