Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 195. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of 'Ilajat-i Dara Shikuhi. Vol. I by Muḣammad 'Abd Allāh, Nūr al-Dīn, al-Shīrāzi̲, active 1625-1640

Lacking the initial folio. F2a: a) impression of small seal of bandah-i dargah(-i?) Muhammad Shah, undated. b) Impression of rectangular seal of the slave Hakim N L PR walad? AYD, dated 1147 (1734-5), 1157 (1744-5) and 1162 (1748-9). F252a. a) Impression of oval seal. Inscription similar to b) above. Dated 1147. b) Notice of purchase of the three volumes for 20 (perhaps 25) rupees on 2 Safar 1142 ((27 September 1729 - sic), with the knowledge of Muhammad Subhan (?). Above this, note in English: *corresponding with the 15th of August A D 1729 the three volumes described to be purchased for 25 rupees N.B. in the year 1802 the same volumes cost 350 rupees c) Note of purchase dated 25 Rajab 1145 (11 January 1733), next to impression of small rectangular seal, inscription and date not read. Pencil notes in margins of first few pages, evidently written by David Price. Loose within the volume are two items connected with Price: a) A printed notice from a London milliner, Ann Dyke, dated 1829 and addressed to Mrs Price, Brecon, with various notes, evidently by Price. b) Cover of a letter from Mrs Griffiths to Mrs Price with similar notes. Front flyleaf, in Persian: elaborate recipe for turnip stew. Wrongly described as Mu'alijat-i Dara Shikuhi in the catalogues and notes on the MSS; 'Ilajat-i Dara Shikuhi on f3b. A large and wide-ranging medical encyclopedia. Dedicated to the Mughal prince Dara Shikuh, who is described as heir apparent to Shah Jahan (f2b). Headings and punctuation in red. In the margins of folios 236-240 are illustrations of carafes containing urine specimens of different colours. Occasional diagrams and tables: ff62b, 87a, 88a.

Incipit: ... bi nigin u chashm-i bi jan u zamin-i bi asman
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, ii, pp. 255-8.
Price's bequest is noted in the Journal for 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary notice p. lx).
Extracts were published in translation by Price: J.R.A.S., 1831, pp. 32-56.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 252 folios, minus missing first folio
Dimensions (leaf): 13.5 × 8.5 in.


16 lines to the page




Brown leather binding in European style but evidently Indian, margins with paper overlay and painted border. Front cover detached.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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