Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 243. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Shāhnāmah by Firdawsī

Folio 1a: Stamp for presentation to the Society, the name left blank. Flyleaf after text, verso: a) Note of ownership by Ram Narayan Singh, with curses on claimants to possession. b) Two lines of verse in Arabic script. Headings in red. Three illuminated headings at the opening of divisions of the text. 16 miniatures in a provincial Indian style, probably eighteenth century. Some spaces for headings, illumination and miniatures left bland. Does not have a prose preface.

Incipit: bi-nam-i khudawand-i jan u khirad
Language(s): Persian.


vAs for Codrington/Reade No 238.
Entered in the Donations Register for 15 March 1834. No 14 in list of Persian MSS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 474 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12.5 × 9.5. in.


27 lines to the page in four columns




English mottled brown leather binding, with red spine, tooling and marbled paper doublures.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Doyle.


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