Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 248. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Makhzan al-Asrar by Niẓāmī Ganjavī, 1140 or 41-1202 or 3

F1a: a) Dr? Tho? Wilkinson? Oct. 4th 1787. b) The Legacy of Hugh Rose? to David Price (in pencil in Price's hand). F1b: Signature of David Price. F55b: Nezamee's Treasury of Secrets the Legacy of Hugh Rose? to David Price (in ink in Price's hand). Ruled margins, headings in blue. On f1a there is an illuminated roundel, much rubbed, with an illegible central inscription. This has been cut out of another page and pasted on to the backing which supports the original text on f1b. Above the text on f1b is a panel of illumination. The MS appears to date from the fourteenth or fifteenth century.

Incipit: Bismi 'llahi 'l-rahmani 'l-rahim
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 246.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 55
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 5.5 in.


20 lines to the page, in double column




Brown leather bindings filigree cartouches on blue, in very poor condition, and painted decoration which is evidently much later.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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