Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 311. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Ḥamlah-ʼi Ḥaydarī by Bāz̲il, Muhammad Rafīʻ ibn Muḥammad al-Mashhadī, d. 1712

Morley Handwritten Cat. 179 is from the Price bequest, as is clear from Morley's list of donor's, and is Codrington/Reade No 312. The addition to the page, attributing the gift to Bagnold and making Price's copy a second one is plainly erroneous. F1a: a) Humla Hydiri 1 vol M? E? Bagnold Col. B'bay Army (A similar note on final filio, verso) b) Stamp, the name in ink: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by Major Genl. Bagnold A verse account of the life of Muhammad and the first Caliphs, with the continuation of Muhammad Sadiq Azad. Margins and dividers ruled and gilt. Headings in red with gold infilling. Panels of illumination above beginning of text, beginning of continuation and at one intermediate point. Fourteen fairly simple miniatures in Kashmir style.

Incipit: Bi-nam-i khudawand-i bisyar-bakhsh
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 199-201.
Rieu, ii, pp. 704-5.
Ethe, No 900.
Entered in Donations Register for March 7 1857.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 406 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10.75


20 lines to the page in four columns




Lacquered binding with floral decoration, the covers now attached to a new leather spine, from restoration in 1929, from the Carnegie Trust U.K. grant. Now has green cardboard slip-case.


Origin: Probably Kashmir. 28 Ramadan. No year.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: Major-general Bagnold. (No 312 is the one bequeathed by David Price.)


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