Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 359 (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Chachnāmah by Kūfī, ʻAlī ibn Ḥāmid active 13th century

The initial entry is written in the Library copy of Codrington on a page inserted before p. 545. (As in Rieu, i, pp. 290-1; iii, pp. 948-1.) F1a: a) Pasted slip with, in Persian: Chach-namah-i Kaptan Jaksun Sahib; in English: Captain Jackson No 1. b) In pencil, probably by Elliot: Captain Jackson's copy. c) In pencil: Chachnama - all the Chapters which are marked with an O are to be translated - The style to be simple, antiquated & plain as the original. HME (Many passages throughout are marked with O or other marks in pencil.) F1b: impression of rectangular seal of Kamal Khan JLBANY, dated 1255. Final folio, recto, by end of text: two impressions of the seal of Kamal Khan. Original front flyleaf: pasted slip: Mem: The Index to Jacksons copy of Chachnama is to be found ... No 172 Catalogue. Preceding the original front flyleaf a typed description of the MS on blue paper is attached to a bound-in strip of paper. History of Sind and of the Muhammed conquest thereof. Translated from the Arabic of an unnamed ancestor of Qadi Isma'il Thaqafi. Headings and punctuation in red. Yellow ruled margins.

Incipit: Hamd u sipas an khuday-ra kih dhikr-i kiram-i u
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 650-1.
Rieu, i, pp. 290-1; iii, pp. 948-1.
Ethe, No 435.
Elliot and Dowson, The History of India as Told by its Own Historians, i, pp. 131-211. Containing sections translated from this MS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Pages 225 in old pagination
Dimensions (leaf): 11 × 7.5 in.


15 lines on a page




Dark brown half-leather binding with tooling. Carnegie Trust U.K. grant 1929.


Origin: A.H.1260.

Provenance and Acquisition

Sir Henry Myers Elliot. (So in the initial entry but the bulk of the material Elliot collected for his history was sold to the British Library by his son in 1878.)


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