Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 95 (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


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

'This MS. is imperfect both at the beginning and the end. A commencement of one leaf, and a conclusion of two leaves, have been added in Shikastah, in order to make the volume complete, but these additions are not from the work of Sharaf ad-Din. The first eight leaves of the original portion of the MS. have been misplaced by the binder: they should be inserted at the end of the volume, one leaf being missing between them and tha last page as it now stands. Nearly one-fifth of the whole work is wanting at the beginning, and about seven leaves at the end.' Morley, Printed Catalogue. At point there are pencilled notes in the MS to similar effect, presumably written by Morley. After the inserted inclusion are six further inserted folios containing several elaborate letters. The names Muhammad Baqir Khan and Rukn al-Daulah mentioned. Folio preceding text, recto: Presented to the Oriental Translation Committee by Sir A. Malet Baronet Verso: pasted-in copy of the entry in Morley's Printed Catalogue. Final inserted folio at end: several library notes in shikasta ('ard dida shud; mulhahazah shud; dakhil-i kitabkhanah-i wala-yi ma shud) and also 'Aurangzib Padishah'. Inside back cover: armorial bookplate of Sir Chas. Warre Malet. Headings and some punctuation in red. Ruled margins. Scribe of inserted conclusion: Sayyid Nasrullah.

Incipit: Incipit, of inserted initial folio: Wiladat-i ba-sa'adat-i sahib-qiran
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 94.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 302
Dimensions (leaf): 11 × 5.5 in.


Some worm damage.


29 lines to the page


Nasta'liq. Sayyid Nasrullah


Inside front cover: partly effaced not in large script 'In Qur'an mulk-i ... ' Evidently the binding at one stage was on Qur''an. Red leather Indian binding with stamped and painted decoration.


Origin: (Of inserted conclusion) 11 Rabi' II [1]011?

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented to the Oriental Translation Committee by Sir Alexander Malet Bart.


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