Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 157. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tarikh-i Mukhtasari dar Waqa'i'-i Fath-i Qistantiniyyah by Muhammad Mahdi al-Shirvani al-Ansari.

Translated from the Turkish by Muhammad Mahdi al-Shirvani al-Ansari. The date given in the colophon is stated to be that of the completion of the translation. Possibly this is the author's own copy, though it is likely that there were earlier drafts. Folio one, verso: Signature of David Price. A concise Account of the Conquest of Constantinople by Muhammad II and the early history of the City.

Incipit: Bi-tarikh-i ghurrah- shahr-i Shawwal sanah-i 1209 Hijri
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, p. 422. No other copy listed in Storey.
For the possible Turkish original see Franz Babinger, Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke, p. 30n.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 31
Dimensions (leaf): 9.75 × 5.75 in.


Some insect damage, probably from white ants.


14 lines on a page




Red leather binding, presumably Indian, with coloured tooled and stamped decoration, and some painted gilding.


Origin: Surat apparently. It is stated in the introduction (f1b) that the translator found the Turkish original there. 12 Muharram A.H. 1210. See notes.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest from Major David Price, received 5 March 1836.


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