Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 22 (1). BOX 12. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Tarjamah i Tarikh i Tabari by Ṭabarī, 838?-923

The last two folios are later, and in nasta'liq, probably of the fifteenth century. At the bottom of the last page, below the colophon, is a note saying that it was copied from the original MS. It can be accepted that this is correct. The first four folios are on different paper and there is no rubrication. The ruled margins are black. The hand is not the same as on the following folios but looks remarkably convincing as fourteenth-century naskh. This MS was selected by Muhammad Raushan as the base MS for his edition. Check and get details. Bound with Codrington/Reade No 22 (2). Abridged and adapted Persian translation of the History of Tabari. Has a very brief contuation taking the history of the Caliphs up to A.H. 529. Author of the Arabic history: Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari. Ruled red margins; headings and punctuation in red.

Incipit: Qala Muhammad ibn Jarir fi khutbati 'l-kitab
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 61-5.
Rieu, i, pp. 68-70. Ethe, No 2.
For Malcolm's gift see the Donations Register for 19 May 1827 and the Transactions for 1830, pp. xcix-c.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 351
Dimensions (leaf): 12.75 × 9.25 in.


33 lines on a page


Brown leather oriental binding, the spine later replaced in England.


Origin: Saturday 18 Shawwal A.H. 701 (A.D. 1134). But see notes.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir John Malcolm.


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