Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 318. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Marzubānʹnāmah by Marzubān ibn Rustam, active 11th century

Folio after text, recto, stamp, the name and date written in ink: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by J Romer Esq 1 April 1837. Two folios preceding the text contain a note on the work in English, and a similar one in Persian, with some passages copied from the work itself. The Persian part was written at the command of Mr John Romer, Sardar of the port of Surat, and chief judge of the Sadr-i 'Adalat by Ali Akbar, known as Mirza Jan b. the late Mirza Mahdi Isfahani, son of the late Faris? Khan, who was Sarrishtahdar of the Sadr-i 'Adalat so long as the Persian office was active and afterwards a pensioner of the Company Bahadur. This is dated Monday 24 January 1825, 4 Jumada al-Thani 1240. A book of moralising fables, in many ofwhich animals play a part. Translated into ornamental prose by Sa'd al-Din Warawini from the.tenth-century original, written in the dialect of Tabaristan. Red headings and punctuation.

Incipit: Hamd u thana'i kih rawa'ih-i dhikr-i an
Language(s): Persian.


Rieu, Suppt. pp. 239-40.
For the provenance see Donations Register for April 1 1837

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 153
Dimensions (leaf): 11.25 × 6.25. in.


17 lines to the page




Brown leather binding with blind-stamped decoration.


Origin: The town of Racharm in Rajamundri. Middle of Sha'ban A.H. 1086 (November 1675).

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: John Romer.


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