Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 96. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Malfūẓāt-i Tīmūrī by Timur, 1336-1405

Incomplete, ending in the middle of a page with events of A.H. 777. Folio one recto: Presented by / Major Gen W G Davy / December 4. 1830 This MS formed the basis of Major Charles Stewart's translation of the Malfuzat (London 1830). On p. vi Stewart states that the MS had never been bound, but was 'enclosed in an old cover, on which is written in Major Davy's hand; This manuscript, which is a fragment of Timur's, is very valuable, therefore preserve it with care. N.B. It is to be put in the little black writing box.' The text of the Malfuzat begins on p. 188. On p. ix Stewart tells us that after Davy's death on the passage home in 1784, the MS reached his son Colonel Davy and was first examined by himself in 1829. Stewart recommended it to the Oriental Translation Committee. Although Davy owned the MS, it seems he did not use it for his translation of the Institutes (Oxford [1783]), which was based on a transcript of a MS in the possession of William Hunter. The spurious Institutes and Memoirs of Timur. In this manuscript the Institutes precede the Memoirs.

Incipit: Hamd-i baligh subhani-ra kih bi-muqtada-yi karimah-i
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 280-3.
Rieu, i, p. 179.
Ethe, No 196.
(Could this be one of the two volumes both supposedly of the Akbarnamah entered in the Donations Register for 5 March 1836 as given by Captain H.L. Davy?)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 230
Dimensions (leaf): 10


17 lines on a page




Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Major W.G. Davy.


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