Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 94A. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Ẓafar′nāmah by Sharaf al-Dīn ʻAlī Yazdī, d. 1454

Recorded in a handwritten note in the Library copy of Codrington. Folio one, recto: a) Khan Muhammad / Kurbala? / 4th January 1920 b) Note recording purchase by Bihruz 'ghulam' of 'Ali quli Khan Beglarbegi of Shirwan in Muharram 1103. Price defaced. c) Partially defaced note of ownership of Saif al-din? son of ... Muhammad Qasim Lawasani? With two defaced impressions of small oval seals. d) Note stating the book was the property of the former Nazir. Inside front cover: copy of the entry on the work in the Kashf al-Zunun. In green ink. Very late. Last folio, verso: a) note giving an estimate of the size of the book etc. and noting it is the property of Muhammad Husain b. Bihruz the Nazir of 'Ali quli Khan Baglarbegi of Shirwan. With two blurred impressions of an oval seal: 'Abduhu? Bihruz 1088? The last line of the note is likely to be altered from an original note of ownership in the name of Bihruz. b) Defaced note with faint impression of a small rectangular seal. With the Muqaddimah or introduction on Mongol history. Otherwise the same work as Codrington/Reade No 94. Ruled red margins. Headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Iftitah-i tarikh-i jahandari wa ibtida'i namah-i zafar u bakhtiyari
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 94.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12.5 × 7.5 in.


25 lines to page


Nasta'liq. Shihāb al-Dīn al-Ḥusaynī


Brown leather Oriental binding with some blind-tooled decoration. Has flap.


Origin: Shamakhi (in colophon of the Muqaddimah). In colophon at end of Muqaddimah: 22 Shawwal 1096.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Agha Mirza Muhammad Khan Bahadur, 1924.


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