Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 87. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Nishān-i Ḥaydarī by Mir Hussain Ali Khan Kirmani, fl. 1781-1802

Blue European paper, with watermark including G M. Folio one recto: Extended Persian title in red ink. Old flyleaf after end on text: H.S. Reid (struck through). Duncan Forbes -6th-Dect+1834- In the dedication to his translation Miles tells us that it was based on a MS in the possession of Queen Victoria. In the preface (p. xxiii) he states that he had also made use of MSS lent by Professor [Duncan] Forbes and [Nathaniel] Bland. (Reade's statement that the MS came to the Library from Colonel Miles is no more than a guess.) A history of the reigns of Haidar and Tipu Sultans. Headings and sparse punctuation in red.

Incipit: Shirazah-i daftar-i mutafarriq-i akhbar-i 'alam
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, p. 774.
Ethe, Nos 522, 524 (with variant incipit), No 523 (with same incipit).
Translation, in two volumes, by Col. William Miles (Oriental Translation Fund, London 1842-4).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 396
Dimensions (leaf): 8.25 × 5.75 in.


11 lines on a page




Blue binding, bound from the Carnegie U.K. Trust grant, 1930.


Provenance and Acquisition

Duncan Forbes. See notes.


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