Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 343. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of A Bayad or Common-place Book

The book is apparently assembled from parts of different dates. On f289b there is a colophon dated Burhanpur regnal year 40 (of Awrangzib?); A chronogram giving 1195 (1780-81) for the death of Haidar 'Ali (of Mysore) occurs on f304a. In places there is English annotation in red, presumably the work of Sir Charles Malet. In elongated form, with varying format and decoration. Contains poems, letters and other ornate prose, a building account, accounts of the revenue of the Mughal Empire, Iran and Gujarat. Illustrations and decoration: Various. Some pages have ruled gilt margins. Red ink is used on some. In some sections the paper is sprinkled with gold.

Incipit: Jam'-i mamalik mahrusah
Language(s): Persian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 340 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12.5


No of lines varies; many pages written diagonally


Nasta'liq (mostly).


Limp leather Indian binding with stamped decoration, now bound within blue cloth from the Carnegie U.K. Trust 1930.


Origin: Various. See notes.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: Sir Alexander Warre Malet.


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