Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 174. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Inscriptions from Agra, the Taj Mahall, the Moti Masjid, the Diwan-i Khass and the Great Gun

Some marginal notes signed C.J.D., i.e. Colonel Doyle, but he can hardly be the writer of the main English text. Folio one, recto, stamp: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by [sic] With translations into English and further comments on the buildings etc in English, including a description of the stones used in pietra dura work, with a bound in sheet with painted squares illustrating the colours of the twenty stones. Ruled margins. Each page is divided horizontally into four parts by gold lines. The Arabic and Persian texts leave much space open, including whole pages. It would seem that room was deliberately left for a translation. Headings and punctuation in red. Similar works?

Incipit: Incipit (heading): Tughra bar darwazah-i kalan-i Mumtaz Mahall
Language(s): Persian, Arabic, English.


Entered in the Donations Register for 15 March 1834. No 1 in list of Persian MSS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 52
Dimensions (leaf): 9.75 × 6.5 in.


Number of lines to the page varies


Naskh and nasta'liq.


Variegated light brown half leather and marbled paper binding, with title etc tooled on spine. English, twentieth century.


Origin: Agra (with the date, v.s.) After the inscriptions on the Taj Mahall the following date is given in English: 1st Novr Year of the Hejreh 1219. The same years are given at the end of the passage on the Diwan-i Khass.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Lieutenant Colonel Doyle.


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