Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 210 (1). (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Rag-darpan (Mirror of musical modes) by Faqīrullāh, active 17th century

This is the first of a number of short treatises on Indian music copied into the manuscript by the same scribe. In the Society's catalogues it has been treated as a single work. The first folio is missing, as is noted on the verso of the added leaf preceding the text, but was evidently present when folio numbers were provided. Two inserted pages after the text have translations of the colophon and the concluding paragraph, initialled by Staunton. Inside back cover, paper slip, pasted over a slightly larger one: Presented by George Thomas Staunton Feb 7. 1824, the name printed, the remainder first written in pencil and then in ink. Headings and punctuation in red. An expanded version of a Sanskrit work composed for Rajah Man Singh of Gwalior and entitled Man-kutuhal. For scribe's name see ff. 38b, 107b.

Incipit: ... ki dar an mausim kudam rag-ha wa raginiha khwanand
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, ii, pp. 415-16. This MS not listed here. It is older than any of the dated ones in Storey.
Ethe, No 2017.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 2-38, the first folio being lost
Dimensions (leaf): 8.75


15 lines to the page


Shikastah Amiz. Dinanath, son of Basdeo(?)


Two inserted pages before the text have a number of musical terms written in Arabic script with English translations, the latter in the hand of Staunton, whose signature occurs on the recto of the first one. Also what is stated to be the title of the book, as was written on the previous binding. Brown leather Indian binding with gilt stamped cartouches and other tooling. The spine replaced in England.


Origin: 8 Rajab A.H. 1137 (23 March 1725, f38a).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir George Thomas Staunton Bart.


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