RAS Persian 171. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
Folio one, recto: impression of rectangular seal: Tipu Sultan 3221. Written minutely in the corners: mau /lu / d Muhammad. (A description and a drawing of this seal, the personal one of Tipu, is given on f3a.) [Correct description on another MS]. F3b: Tipu's paraph (dastkhatt) for opening letters written boldly in sepia, in a kind of ta'liq: Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. His paraph for closing letters, a rebus, similarly in sepia ink (undeciphered). The initial basmallah of this MS is written in this hand, presumably that of Tipu, and his closing paraph stands at the end of each section. Evidently he had checked the work closely. (Cf. earlier with the same seal and sepia paraphs.) Check Tipu Sultan's Mauladi era). aA description of the seals, flags, standards, inscriptions, etc., used by and under Tipu Sultan.
Brown leather binding with blind-tooled and stamped decoration. At top and bottom of the front cover, small cartouche-shaped stamp inscribed: Sarkar-i khudadadi.
Provenance and Acquisition
Bequeathed by Major David Price.