Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 162. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Tārīkh-i Raqīmī by Mīr Sayyid Sharīf Raqīm (Mullā Sharaf al-Dīn)

On folio 1ab and 236ab are impressions of an elongated octagonal seal of Qaratagh son of 'Abd al-Rahman Mirza[?]. After the colophon on f236b there are two chronograms referring to deaths occurring in A.H. 1202 and 1203 written by Qaratagh, the owner of the seal and presumably the brother of Darqush Hafiz, for whom the MS was written. On ff1ab, 2a, 220ab, 221b, 222a, 225b, 226b, 227ab,back flyleaff recto and verso etc. are additional notes and chronograms, many referring to events of the early thirteenth century A.H. (late eighteenth and early nineteenth A.D). The latest date noted in 1232 (f221b). A number of these are signed by Qaratagh, no doubt the owner of the seal noted above. Inside front cover: The Tawareekhe [?] a Chronicle from the birth of Timour. Purchased at Bochara Alex Burnes Purchased 20 July 1832. Inside back cover, a list of agricultural produce etc. written in accounting style. Dated A.H. 1223. A collection of chronograms giving dates of birth and death, with other information, of kings and other important figures of central Asia from A.H. 736-1055. Scribe: Sayyid Muhammad b. Mulla 'Ashur Muhammad Samarqandi (So Semenov - see Storey) The colophon (f236b) state that the MS was written for Darqush [?] Hafiz son of 'Abd al-Rahman Hafiz. Illuminated initial opening. Ruled Margins. Headings etc. in red.

Incipit: Bar damayir-i arbab-i danish
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 376-8. Storey notes no other in Britain.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 227
Dimensions (leaf): 8.25 × 5.25 in.


17 lines on a page


Binding, green and brown leather with blind-tooled and stamped decoration. Presumably Bukhara.


Origin: The village of Chamiyan [?] Sunday 11 Ramadan. [No more]

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir Alexander Burnes.


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