Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 204. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

1 copy of Tazkirah-i Asar-i Sang-i Mazar. (So on f1a) by Anon.

Author: Anon.

The text breaks off abruptly at the bottom of the page with a catchword in the second of the intended six maqalahs. The title-page layout on f1a shows that it was intended that the work should be printed (basmah) in Astrakhan. On f1b an alternative title is given: Tadhkirah-i Hajar al-Athar. Not a tract on cholera as such but a eulogistic and pietistic memoir of Yuhanna (John) entitled Nil (Neal or a variant, presumably), evidently the son of a British missionary, who died of cholera in St Petersburg on 1 July 1831, aged three years and eleven months after a short but saintly life. No references found. Possibly unique. On f1a, which is laid out as a model for the title page of a printed book it is stated that it was composed and written in Astrachan with the assistance of Hajji Mirza Muhammad Kazim Mazandarani the vizier, who is therefore not the author.

Incipit: Ayyuha 'l-nas. Hal qurb panzdah sal ast
Language(s): Persian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 8 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10 × 8.5 in.

Layout

16 lines to the page

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq.

Binding

European cloth and marbled paper binding.

History

Origin: Astrakhan probably.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Availability

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