Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RSPA 217 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Ashburner Collection

Royal Society Arabic and Persian


1 copy of Zawrah-ʼi bāstānī-yi vakhshvar Zarātusht

Language(s): Persian

The Zawrah-ʼi bāstānī (ff. 3r-12r) ascribed originally to the prophet Ibrāhīm Zartusht and translated into Persian by Āẕar Pazhūh, a pupil of Buzurg Mihr.

Certain passages purporting to be the original text are overlined.

A second treatise (Risālah-ʼi dīgar) follows on ff. 12r-21v.

Copied for Buzurji Sorabji probably from a manuscript of the same title in the Mulla Firuz Library (Rehatsek, Catalogue raisonné, Bombay, 1873, pp. 225-6).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Blue paper
Extent: ff. i+22+i (folios 1, 2r and 22 are blank)
Dimensions (leaf): 265 × 130 mm.

Foliation in European numerals in pencil.


21 lines per page






Leather European-style Indian binding with gilt borders and central panel containing gilt stamped medallion


Origin: ca. 1865. CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

RSPA 119-265 were presented to the Royal Society in 1864 and 1865 by Burjorjee Sorabjee Ashburner; bookplate: "Presented to the Royal Society / by Mr. Burjorjee Sorabjee Ashburner / May 1865".

The Royal Society's collection of 280 Persian and Arabic, and 86 Sanskrit manuscripts were transferred to the India Office Library in 1876.


India Office Library

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on E. Denison Ross and E. G. Browne, Catalogue of two collections of Persian and Arabic manuscripts preserved in the India Office Library (London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1902), p.129 no.CCXVII


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