Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 144. (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 61-1633 or 4

Vol. II. Latter portion of the first part, A.H. 1015-6 to 1025; and the second part, completing the work / Written at he command of Mirza Buland-himmat

First front flyleaf, recto: Presented by Sir John Malcolm May 19, 1827. The colophon at the end of Maqsad 1 gives the date 9 Muharram 1071, the final colophon 5 Muharram A.H.1091. Yet the hand is evidently the same throughout and the transition from Maqsad I to Maqsad II is in the middle of a gathering.

Incipit: Nauruz-i in sal-i humayun-fal dar ruz-i chahrshanbah
Language(s): Persian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 429
Dimensions (leaf): 13 × 8.5. in.


Some damage from worms and white ants.


17 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. Khalifa Aman Allah


Red leather Oriental binding with stamped decoration and marbled doublures. Evidently by the same binder as Codrington/Reade No 143. The stamp used for the borders is identical.


Origin: Wednesday 5 Muharram A.H.1091. [But see notes]

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir John Malcolm.


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