Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 249A. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Iskandar-namah by 2 authors

The entry is written in ink in the Library copy of Codrington. A folio (unnumbered) before f1a has on the verso a panel of illumination above the beginning of the Timur-namah of Hatifi. The recto is covered with verses. The manuscript has suffered from damp and wear. It was conserved in 1964 by Roger Powell; the details of his extensive repair work are noted in typed page inserted at the end of the MS. Repaired in 1964 details of repair pasted in MS last page.

Incipit: Incipit, part 1 (a replacement): Khudaya jahanpadshahi turast Incipit, part 2: Khirad har kuja ganji arad padid
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 246.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 149
Dimensions (leaf): 10.25 × 6.5 in.


18 lines in four columns to the page


Nasta'liq (fine, small).


White pigskin binding, of 1964. The original Oriental binding, with flap, is kept in the same box. It is of brown leather, with blind-stamped decoration. A pair of flyleaves loose within it carries a note mentioning Nizami's name and calculating, wrongly, the A.D. date for 932, when the MS was written.


Origin: Safavid Iran. Safar A.H. 932.


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