Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 13. BOX 5. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Pro-Shi'i polemic, in the form of a discussion supposed to have taken place at the court of Harun al-Rashid, the Shi'a argument being maintained by the slave-girl Hasaniyya.

Not in Morley Printed Cat. Front fly leaf, recto: description and number in pencil. F1a of text: David Price, in ink. Morley thought the MS might be the translator's autograph. But there is no evidence to support this. As Morley notes, a copy of the Persian edition of A.H. 1239 was presented to the Library by Sir Henry Willock [British envoy to Iran] on April 7 1827. In this the role of the Tupchibashi is not mentioned and the 'translator's' explanation comes at the beginning rather than at the end. Initial opening illuminated. Ruled borders. Text is said, evidently falsely, to be recited on the authority of Abu 'l-Futuh Razi (F1b).

Incipit: Riwayat kard muhaqqiq-i fadil wa mudaqqiq kamil
Language(s): Persian.


Rieu, i, p. 30; iii, p. 1078.
For Price's bequest see the Journal for 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary note p. lx).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 87
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5 × 6.5 in.


15 lines on a page




Oriental brown leather binding with tooled cartouches and borders. Paper labels: Persian (11 deleted) 13.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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