Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 141. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Tarīkh-i ʿālam ārā-yi ʿAbbāsī by Iskandar Munshī, 1560 or 1561-1633 or 1634

Vol. II. History from the accession of Shah 'Abbas to A.H. 1037.

Tops of pages repaired. Some damage by damp. First folio, recto. a) Signature of Edward Galley, in ink, beside impression of his small rectangular seal with his name in Persian, with date (illegible). b) Pencilled note: D. Price by Purchase 20th Septr 1802 c) Note in Arabic recording transfer of the book to Abu Talib son of Muhammad? son of Shaikh Abu 'l-Qasim in the first third of the second month of 11*?7 (partly trimmed). Eight and six folios from end, rectos, impressions of small rectangular seal of Sadr l-Din, dated 1111?. Six folios from the end, recto, impression of small elongated octagonal seal, insciption perhaps in verse. Final folio, verso: a) List of books belonging to Abu Talib dated Muharram 1169. b) List of books belonging to Abu Muhammad (?). Panels of illumination above beginning of text, and at beginning of part 2. Ruled margins. Red headings and punctuation.

Incipit: 'unwan-i sahifah-i saltanat u 'alamara'i
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 140.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 287
Dimensions (leaf): 5.5 × 9. in.


28 lines on a page




Darl brown leather Indian binding, with stamped and painted decoration. Lighter brown leather doublures.


Origin: Thursday Muhararm A.H. 1059. [sic]

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest from Major David Price. Received 5 March 1836.


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