Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 212. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

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.

Incipit: Jahan jahan supas u sitayish
Language(s): Persian.

References

Storey, ii, p. 378. No other MS listed.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 64 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10

Layout

14 lines to the page

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq. Malik Zafar Shahabadi

Binding

Green leather English binding with tooling. Marbled doublures. Not properly sewn: the pages are coming loose.

History

Origin: 5 Rabi' II A.H. 1251 (30 June 1835).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir Claude Martin Wade, 1 July 1846.

Availability

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