Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 217. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Farhang-i Jahāngīrī by Injū Shīrāzī, Ḥusayn ibn Ḥasan, d. ca. 1626

Folio one, recto: a) top centre, signature: Jno Romer b) top left, the same or another signature (?) c) partly trimmed note of purchase at Shahjahanabad dated 16 Ramadan 1169, either from or, perhaps, on behalf of Nawwab Muhammad Khan. This page has been carefully repaired and partially rebacked. Other notes and two seal impressions are dimly visible under the backing. Folio one, verso: a) Jno Romer Jany 1804 b) three impressions of an elongated octagonal seal inscribed in an Indian script with the name of John Romer and the date 1804. The text is preceded by a leaf with on the recto a brief list of contents and, on the verso, a slightly fuller one. On the verso is a stamp, the name filled in by hand: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by John Romer Esq. Many pages repaired, especially at the beginning. The manuscript is of good quality. The opening of the the beginning of the dictionary proper is heavily illuminate. Ruled margins. Headings and punctuation in red. A Persian dictionary with appendix.

Incipit: آنكه بر لوح زبانها حرف اول نام اوست
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, iii, pp. 26-9.
Rieu. ii, pp. 496-7.
Ethe, No 2481.
For the provenance see Donations Register for November 18 1848.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 420
Dimensions (leaf): 12


25 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. Amanallah


Brown leather Indian binding with blind-stamped decoration. Spine a twentieth-century English replacement, with tooled title etc.


Origin: Written at a place by a sea or river (darya). Both are named, but though clearly written they have not been deciphered. 1 Dhu 'l-Qa'da A.H. 1093, regnal year 26 of 'Alamgir (Aurangzeb).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by John Romer.


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