Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 179. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of ʻAjāʼib al-Ṭabaqāt by Muḥammad Ṭāhir ibn Abū al-Qāsim

Folio one, verso: Account of the cities and countries of Khorasan - Mawara oul nahr etc. Purchased at Bochara Bochara 20 July 1832 Alex Burnes Marginal notes in English Last folio, verso: This Book was presented to the R.A. Society of London by the Traveller Burnes. The Wonders of the Universe. Headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Ghayat-i sa'adat-i abadi
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, ii, pp. 138-9. (None in Rieu or Ethe).
'Ms English translation, Sir A. Purves.' So Codrington/Reade, but this is based on a pencilled note on the Library copy of Codrington and the name is to be read Sir A. Burnes. The translation is presumably in the Library.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 178
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5 × 5.5 in.


17 lines on a page




Green and red leather binding, evidently Bukharan, with simple blind-tooling and brown stamped cartouches, the four smaller ones inscribed with the name of the binder: 'amal-i Mulla Qalandar Juybari. The doublures have an arrangement of marginal and central cartouches stamped on paper, the central ones from the same stamps as on the outer side of the covers.


Origin: 9 Dhu 'l-Qa'da A.H. 1234 (30 August 1819).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir Alexander Burnes.


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