Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 53. BOX 27. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Habib al-siyar. First two chapters of Vol. Ill by Khvānd Mīr, Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn ibn Humām al-Dīn, ca. 1475-1535?

Second flyleaf has title etc and notes in English. One states that the MS appears to have belonged to Nawwab Sayyid Husain 'Ali Khan Amir al-Umara, one of the famous brothers, i.e. the Sayyids of Barha. A second note written smaller and with different ink, but seemingly by the same hand, which is probably that of David Price, correctly identifies Khwand-amir as Mir Khwand's nephew rather than son. This ends: note on the inside cover of the owners MC?SS - nury? - David Price Folio 1, recto: note in Persian: Sarkar-i Nawwab Husain 'Ali Khan Amir al-Umara. Second note: Si u du juz chahar waraq (32 gatherings 4 pages). Part of the same work as Codrington/Reade No 46. As for Codrington/Reade No 46. For Price's bequest see J.R.A.S. 1834 pp., vi, lxxvi-ii. (Reference from Robinson. Last two pages not in the Library copy) and 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary note p. lx). Headings in red. Ruled margins. Fine illuminated panel above beginning of text.

Incipit: Ya rabb bi-thana-yi khwud sukhansazam kun
Language(s): Persian.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 259
Dimensions (leaf): 10.25 × 6.25 in.


19 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. (Though the colophon speaks of khatt-i shikasta.) Sharaf al-din Husain Shirazi


Composite binding. Front cover brown leather seemingly Oriental, spine replaced in brown leather. Back cover board covered with pink paper with gold floral design. Almostt completely detached.


Origin: 27 Jumada 1 1004.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest from Major David Price. Received 5 March 1836.


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