Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 227. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

1 copy of Latif al-Nasa'ih

Inside front cover: a) Armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. b) Printed slip with a line giving the title etc., perhaps from a sale catalogue. Some use of red ink. Latif al-Nasa'ih is the title given at the end the long preface. In the form Insha-yi Latif al-Nasa'ih it appears after the colphon and on the cover. The author, whose name appears to be Hari Ray Khatri was for thirty years in the service of the Mughal grandee Muhammad Khan Ghadanfar Jang. Most of the long introduction describes his career up to his death in 1157. The body of the work is in three chapters containing stories of an ethical nature, the first on appropriate behaviour for servants of the state, the second on the conduct of kings and their officials, the third on the greatness of dervishes and the pious.

Incipit: Zihi qudrat-i khudawandi ki
Language(s): Persian.

References

None traced. Evidently rare, possibly unique.
General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Perian and Arabic manuscripts is mentioned, without details in the donations register under November 6 1841. The bequest is mentioned in J.R.A.S., vii, 1843, Annual Report, p. x, and the manuscripts are briefly listed in the Proceedings, pp. xxx-xxxi.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 72
Dimensions (leaf): 4.

Layout

15 lines on a page

Hand(s)

Shikastah.

Binding

Cloth and board binding.

History

Origin: End of Rajab [regnal] year 30, of either Muhammad Shah or Shah 'Alam II.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).

Availability

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