Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 293 (1). (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Mas̲navī by Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī

Title: Mas̲navī
Title: مثنوی

The text is preceded by a detailed list of contents uniform with the main text (7ff). Folio with beginning of verse, recto: impression of seal of Iqtidar Husain, date undeciphered. Second blank folio preceding text, verso: note recording ownership of Iqtidar Khan, signed 'Inayat. Sixth blank folio, recto: This book was purchased at Serungaputtun in July 1799 by David Price. Verso: instructions on taking omens from the Mathnawi. Seventh blank folio, recto: verses by Mir Ja'far Nishapuri. FIa, recto: Note recording that the MS was purchased a Murshidabad, known as Makhsusabad, in Bengal for 161? rupees and that it was collated and most of the marginal notes written in Ramadan 1136 (May-June 1724). A fairly lavishly decorated manuscript. Gold and coloured ruled margins and dividing panels. Headings in red. The first ten pages are illuminated, with text framed with gold The name of the scribe and year are given in the colophons of the first five books. The day only in the final colophon.

Incipit: Hadha kitab al-mathnawi wa hu usul usul usul al-din
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 291.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 297 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10.25 × 7.25 in.


25 lines to the page in four columns


Naskh. Isma'il Siyalkoti


Blue cloth binding, Carnegie U.K. Trust grant, 1930.


Origin: Aurangabad. Ramadan A.H. 1090 (October-November 1679). Recheck the colophons.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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