Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 173. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Copies of Persian letters, accounts, etc

aThe main text (ff8a-76b) consists of copies of petitions sent to the sons of Aurangzeb by important officials, for instance, Mahabat Khan, Mirza Rajah Jingh, Ja'far Khan, in the years 1166-1168. This part is carefully written in large nasta'liq of 17th century appearance. F1a. Page of anecdotes, in shikastah script. F2ab. A selection of anecdotes ('aja'ibat) of Allahwirdi Khan, a Mughal grandee, contemporary with Mahabat Khan. Naskh. Ff3a-6b. A collection of facetious definitions, perhaps Mulla Dupiyazah. Bold black and red naskh. Ff 78-120. Blank. Ff121-7. A set of revenue accountsfor the Mughal Empire. Probably seventeenth century. In siyaq. Pasted in after f140, a sheet of facetious definitions. Shikastah.

Incipit: Incipit, of main text (f8a): Naql-i 'ardah-dasht-i Mahabat Khan-i marhum
Language(s): Persian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Old foliation 1-140 but many blank
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5 × 8.25 in.


Naskh (mostly).


Brown and red leather Indian binding with brown stamped cartouches and grey floral decoration. Spine replaced and tooled with title etc.


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