Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 93A. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Tārīkh-i Manṣūrī by Ḥusaynī Vāsiṭī Bilgrāmī, ʻAlī ibn Ṭufayl ʻAlī Khān, active 19th century

Third front flyleaf, verso bears a pasted-on sheet with a description of the work and the gift of it to the Society in Persian, with an impression of the seal of Nawwab Nazir Sidi Darab 'Ali Khan, dated 1238. Before the body of the text, from which it is separated by 3 blank folios is a llst of contents, similar in format to the main text, but less carefully written. Folio one of the list of contents, recto, bears a similar sheet with a similar inscription in English, with the impression of the same seal, which also appears on ff1b, 279a. The author is not Nawwab Nazir Sidi Darab 'Ali Khan, as Codrington says. A history of Bengal, and in particular of the Nawwabs of Murshidabad. For author's name see F2b. The scribe is also the author (see F.279a) Written at the prompting of Darab 'Ali Khan, when the new Company agent, George Hall Macgregor, was asking for information about the history of Bengal. (f3a). Mansur 'Ali Khan is mentioned as the Nawwab at the time of composition (f3b), but the work does not seem in fact to be dedicated to him as Storey states. Ruled margins. Rubricated headings and punctuation.

Incipit: Sipas-i afzun az hadd [wa] ahadi-ra rawast
Language(s): Persian.

References

Storey, i, pp. 721-2.
The only other MSS in Storey are in the library of the Asiatic Society of Bengal and said to derive from this one. Description, extracts with translations: H. Blochmann, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, xxxvi (1867-8), pp. 85-104. Entered in Donations Register for November 30 1868.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 284
Dimensions (leaf):

Layout

17 lines on page

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq.

Binding

Green leather binding with tooled decoration, presumably Indian.

History

Origin: Sha'ban A.H. 1270, Bengali Saka 1261, and AD 1854.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by the Nawwab Nazir (of Bengal) Sidi Darab 'Ali Khan through the Rev. James Long.

Availability

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