Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 205. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Risālah-ʼi maʼkūl va mashrūb by Yūsufī, Yūsuf ibn Muḥammad, 16th cent.

The original author of both is Yusuf b. Muhammad Khurasani, poetical name Yusufi. The text begins on the recto, unusually for a book in Persian, and f1a has a dedication to Tipu Sultan. This is not by the original scribe, whose work begins with the last four lines of f1b. The upper part of Ib has a large dark patch, probably originally silver, with the suppositious date. In red in the middle of this is what is probably a date in Tipu's era, in the year 1224. The opening line of the Qasida Hifz al-Sihha agrees with that given by Rieu (ii, p. 827) for the original work, dedicated to Babur. At the end the original dedication has been effaced and covered with silver to take an altered dedication to Tipu. Folio preceding text, recto: Risalah-i ma'kul u mashrub az Tibb-i Yusufi. Yusufi is written over as 'Sultani' with a broader pen in brown ink. It seems that the Risalah-i Ma'kul u Mashrub is taken from one of the larger works of Yusufi. This needs further checking. The items noted by Ethe are all apparently of the version doctored for Tipu Sultan's benefit. This manuscript may have been the source of the revised version. A treatise on dietetics, in verse. Followed by a qasida on the preservation of health (Qasida Hifz al-Sihha). A few headings in red.

Incipit: Zaban-ra chu dar awwal-i in kalam
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, ii, p. 332. Storey lists no other manuscript here but cf. ii, pp. 235-41 for the original author. Cf. Rieu, ii, pp. 475, 827.
Ethe, No 2366 (also 2367-9).
Price's bequest is noted in the Journal for 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary notice p. lx).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 9 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 6.25 × 4.25 in.


12 lines to the page




Red leather Indian binding, with stamped coloured cartouches and blind tooling. Reused, for it is designed for a much thicker book.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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