RAS Persian 212. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
1 copy of Hamishah Bahar (f3a). Falah-namah (colophon)
Written by one of Muhammad Fadil's ancestors, who was superintendent of the Shalimar Gardens in Lahore in the reign of Shah Jahan. So in colophon. Pasted on to the front flyleaf is a four-page letter dated 1 July 1846, with the signature C.M. (Sir Claude Martin) Wade. It states, inter alia, that, during one of the writer's missions to Ranjit Singh, on the latter's order the manuscript, as well as a 'large painted plan' of the Shalimar Gardens at Lahore, was provided for him by the minister 'Aziz al-Din. These he presents to the Society, hoping that the manuscript will be translated. A treatise on horticulture, divided into 13 chapters and a conclusion. Scribe is described as resident of Ludhiana. Headings and punctuation in red.
14 lines to the page
Nasta'liq. Malik Zafar Shahabadi
Green leather English binding with tooling. Marbled doublures. Not properly sewn: the pages are coming loose.
Provenance and Acquisition
Presented by Sir Claude Martin Wade, 1 July 1846.