Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 241. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Shāhnāmah by Firdawsī

F1a. Impressions of Persian seal of Charles Warre Malet, dated 1196 (1781-2) (rectangular, two), seal of ... Hakim dated 1147 (1734-5) (oval, two), seal of ... Hakim (Son of the preceding? dated 1196? (1781-2?) (rectangular, two). Back flyleaf, verso: Presented to the Oriental Translation Come by Sir A Malet Bart. Ruled grids. Headings in red and gold. Some names in the text in gold. Panels of good illumination above opening of sections. On the first opening of the poem the text is outlined in gold. With preface beginning as de Blois (in Storey, v), Preface i, and ending with a listing of the Iranian kings and a glossary.

Incipit: Incipit, of preface: Sipas u Afarin Khuda'i-ra
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 238.
For the illustrations and decoration see Simon Digby, 'A Shah-nama illustrated in a popular Mughal style', in The Royal Asiatic Society, its History and Treasures, pp. 111-15.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 741 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 14.25 × 10.5 in.


19 lines to the page in four columns




Half-leather and marbled paper English binding.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir Alexander Warre Malet.


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