Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 89 (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of ʻUmdat al-tawārīkh by Suri, Sohan Lal, Lala, -1852

(See f199a) Attached inside front cover, a note signed C.M. Wade, describing the MS and how it had been given to him by Ranjit Singh F1a. Impression of small oval seal 'Sohan La'l 1870 [Vikramsamvat]', authenticated as the author's in a note signed C,M. Wade Folios 625, 625bis-631 are blank. F643b (End of text), marks the end of the second daftar. F644b, upside down, two short notes signed by Wade describing the book and mentioning that he had been given it by Ranjit Singh. Occasional marginal additions and/corrections, e.g. on 237b, 238a. Presumably an early draft for the work which was later published with the same title in five daftars. Tarikh-i Maharajah Ranjit Singh. (Morley's title) A history of the Sikhs from .D. 1469 to 1831. Scribe is possibly the author himself, whose seal the MS bears. Most pages have ruled margins, some outlined in black, others not. Many pages towards the end lack margins. Headings and punctuation in red.
Incipit: Incipit, in verse: Bu-nam-i anki namish-ra dawam ast
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 671-2.
Not in Rieu or Ethe.
Sohan La'l 'Umdat al-tawarikh (Lahore 1885-9).
Storey gives ref. to G.L. Chopra, The Panjab as a Sovereign State.
For the provenance see Donations Register for November 4 1848.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 643
Dimensions (leaf): 11 × 5.5 in.


17 lines on a page




Brocade covered Oriental binding, presumably that in which it was given to Wade. In poor condition.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir Claude Wade, to whom it had been given by Ranjit Singh at Lahore in 1831.


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