Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 42. BOX 21. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Rawdat al-Safa. Vol. VI by Mīr Khvānd, Muḥammad ibn Khāvandshāh, 1433-1498

Second front flyleaf: Several Persian ruba'is. F1 is a replacement. F2 recto. Heading stating that this is the sixth volume of the Raudat al-safa, which was written in the time of Salim Shah Ghazi! Ff. 384-5 are blank and unnumbered. 385 verso has signature of David Price. At top of f386 a note in Persian stating that two folios are missing here. F. 384 is similarly blank and it is note at the top of 395 that a folio is missing. F. 411 recto. Partial impression of small circular seal: Banda Afdal Murid i Salim Shah. Salim Shah refers to Prince Salim, i.e. Jahangir during the period of his rebellion against Akbar. F. 412 recto. Beside the colophon. Note in Persian date 15 Shahriwar regnal year 46, 9 Rabi' I 1010 saying that La'l Beg the slave of Sultan Salim [ i.e. Jahangir] sent? the book from Ilahabas to Agra to? somebody?. Seal impression: Banda-i dargah La'l Beg 1009? F. 412 verso. Passage of elaborate prose written in nasta'liq, perhaps a letter of condolence. Written diagonally, upside down on the page. Flyleaf after 412, verso. Has several lines of Devanagiri with Persian interlinear glosses. Also a Persian verse. All upside down. Next flyleaf, recto. Another copy he opening passage of the book. Verso: Persian verses and a recipe for a salve. Upper part of pages stained. The labels on the cover are at the back of the book and the wrong way up. That on the spine too is upside down. Part of the same work as Codrington/Reade No 29. Rubricated headings and punctuation. Ff. 8-95 have ruled margins.

Incipit: Jawahir i hamd u sipas
Language(s): Persian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 412
Dimensions (leaf): 13.25


23 lines on a page




Brown leather Oriental binding with blind-tooling and stamped and painted cartouches etc. Inside back cover notice: Bound by Whitelaw and Fensham, Bookbinders Tudor Street? E.C. This evidently refers to a repair to the binding, in the course of which new endpapers were provided.


Origin: Ahmadnagar. In colophon. 19 Rabi' 1 A.H. 991.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Major D. Price.


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