Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 185. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Kitāb-i intiẓām-i ḥayāt by Dodsley, Robert, 1704-1764

A paraphrastic translation of Robert Dodsley's Economy of human life. Bound in at the front of the manuscript are four folios written by Major Pogson, telling us something of his circumstances and the origin of his translations. When he was Assistant Adjutant General the work was completed with the help of his preceptor, Maulavi Sayyid Karim Husain. It is submitted to the R.A.S. in the hope that it may replace the 'puerile tales and fables' usually provided for students of 'seminaries of Oriental learning.' On European paper watermarked: J. Rump 1825. A paraphrase translation of Robert Dodesley's Oeconomy of Human Life, in Hindustani, Persian and Arabic. Headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Ay salikan-i khittah-i khak
Language(s): Persian (and Hindustani and Arabic. The Persian comes between the others)


None found.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 172 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12


15 lines on a page


Nasta'liq and Naskh.


Brown leather English binding with tooled decoration on spine.


Origin: Dated A.D. 1828 and A.H. 1244.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Major Pogson, the translator.


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