Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 155. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Risālah-i tadābīr-i shāh va vazīr by Kūhmarahʹī, Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn, active 19th century

An account of Aqa Muhammad Khan and his vazir Hajji Ibrahim Khan Shirazi. Front flyleaf, recto: Presented by Sir John Malcolm May 19. 1827 The date 1801 appearing as a watermark suggests that the MS was written at the time of Malcolm's first mission to Persia. A short account of Agha Muhammad Khan, King of Persia, and of his vizier Hajji Ibrahim Khan Shirazi. In two parts, one devoted principally to each of them. Red headings and punctuation. On European, presumably English, paper with watermarks including 1801 and RAILWAY. According to the introduction, composed at the request of Colonel Johm Malcolm. It appears from f3a that the author intended to produce a more substantial work on the history of the Zands and Qajars.

Incipit: Chashm-i hikmat-manishan-i tabaqah-i 'aliyyah-i Inglisiyyah
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, p. 333. Storey lists no other MS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 137
Dimensions (leaf): 7.25 × 5.75 in.


9 and 11 lines on a page




Brown leather binding, in European style, the spine subsequently renewed and with tooled title etc.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir John Malcolm.


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