Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 24. BOX 13. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Tarjumah-i taʼrīkh-i Ṭabarī by Ṭabarī, 838?-923

Folio 1, recto: Note, probably in the hand of David Price, recording the purchase of the book at Seringapatam in July 1799. This page, which is a new backing for the text on the verso some notes in Arabic script are visible. Parts of the original last folio are missing. Written at an angle to the colophon, probably not by the same scribe, is what appears to be a copy of the colophon of a second MS dated 21 Jumada 1 744. Beginning of scribe's name (Mahmud b. Isma'il) may be missing. On the verso of this folio, which is a new sheet providing a backing for the original there is a long not describing how to take omens from the Qur'an correctly. The narrative in this copy ends shortly after the accession of the Caliph Mu'tasim. Headings in red.

Incipit: Shukr u sipas hadrat i khaliqi-ra ki ashi''a i anwar i daqa'iq i hikmat i u
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 22 (1).
For Price's bequest see the Journal for 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary note p. lx).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 344
Dimensions (leaf): 13 × 9.25 in.


24 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. Mahmud ibn Isma'il


Red leather blind-tooled oriental binding with flap. The text has been remargined, presumably before the last binding.


Origin: A.H. 988. (A.D. 1580)

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of Major David Price.


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