Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 99. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Matla'-i Sa'dain u Majma'-i Bahrain by Kamal al-Din 'Abd al-Razzaq b. Jalal al-Din Ishaq al-Samarkandi.

The MSS ends with a copy of a colophon seemingly written by the author and dated Thursday 27 Rabi' 1 875. (The British Library MS Or. 1291 has a similar colophon dated 27 Muharram 880. Check Shafi''s edition?) Second front flyleaf (recent), recto, pasted slip: Lieut. Col. Briggs. Third front flyleaf (old), verso, imprinted in reverse from f1a, presumably in damp conditions: a number of seal impressions and annotations. These are largely illegible but one is the impression of the seal of a Sultan Muhammad (?) dated 1126 (1714-15) and one of a Khan bearing the epithet Shahjahani, One note gives the price of the MS as 40 rupees. Though these are largely similar to those found on MSS from the Royal Mughal Library, they are probably from another Indian collection. F1a has been rebacked. Beneath the backing the notes and seals appearing on the opposite flyleaf are dimly visible. In a circular gap left in the backing the impression of a seal with the name Ya'qub and the date 1052 (1642-3) is partly legible. F1b. Impression of a mandorla-shaped seal with inscription, possibly a Hindu name. Final folio, verso, an impression of the same seal. Part of a History of Timur and his Descendants. The second daftar, covering the period 807 (1404) to 875 (1470). Small illuminated panel at beginning. Headings and punctuation in red. Ruled margins.

Incipit: Fatihah-i kalam-i hamd u thana-yi malik 'allami bayad
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 293-8.
Rieu, i, pp. 181- .
Ethe, Nos 192, 193.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 379
Dimensions (leaf): 10.75 × 6.25 in.


23 lines on a page




Modern dark blue tooled leather binding, executed in 1929 from the Carnegie Trust U.K. Grant (Second front flyleaf, recto).


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by General Briggs.


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