Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE 74 (1). (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

Summary of Contents: A history of the Afghans from their conquest of Persia to 1224/1809, with descriptions of towns and tribes at the end. Written at the request of Mr Ellis, who had been (? was?) British minister in Persia.

The title given above occurs on the rectos of the second and third front flyleaves, but not in the work itself. In neither case is the hand that of the scribe of the body of the work. Attached to the verso of the front flyleaf is a fold-out page with a useful description of this and No 74 (2) signed by Edward G. Browne. He points out that on p. 48 the date given in the colophon is referred to as the present, indicating, as is indeed stated in the colophon, that the work was hastily compiled. Seemingly this is the author's original. Query? Was Ellis in Bombay at this date. Bound with Codrington/Reade No 74 (2). A history of the Afghans from their conquest of Persia to 1224/1809, with descriptions of towns and tribes at the end. Written at the request of Mr Ellis, who had been (? was?) British minister in Persia. Scribe was probably the author.

Incipit: Amma ba'd in mujmali ast az kaifiyyat-i nasab-i tawa'if-i Afaghina
Language(s): Persian.

References

Storey, i, p. 400. The only MS noted by Storey.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 41
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 5.5 in.

Layout

11 lines to the page

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq.

Binding

European binding, Red half-leather and marbled paper.

History

Origin: Mumbay (Bombay). 25 Shawwal 1224.

Provenance and Acquisition

Morley gives no provenance. Reade states, with the query: Presented by M Ellis ? However, there seems to be no confirmation of this. Neither this nor No 74 (2) appear in Morley's handwritten catalogue.

Availability

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