Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 55. BOX 29. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Nigaristan by Ghaffārī, Ahmad ibn Muhammad, ca. 1495-1567 or 8

Folios one and two have been patced and parts of the text rewritten on the new patches. Folio one, recto. Note of ownership of Mir 'Ali Muhammad al-Sini al-Taliqani b. Mir Muhammad Baqir b. Mir Abu Talib. Stamp with space left for name: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by John Romer Esq. Folio one, verso. Impression of rectangular seal of 'Ali Muhammad al-Husaini, date, if any, illegible. Final folio, verso. Faint impression of rectangular seal inscribed: Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. Date illegible. The date middle of Jumada II A.H. 959 for the completion of the work given at the end of the text is that of the original compostion, not of this copy. This is pointed out in the accompanying pencil note in English. This last gives the date wrongly as 1059, and mistakenly seems to state that Morley said it was the date of copying. It correctly points out that the paper is watermarked, but may be wrong to say it is English foolscap. The watermark seems to contain the initials EM under a device. Occasional pages are on Oriental paper without chainlines. A collection of narratives and notices of Rulers and Celebrated Persons, from the time of Muhammad to the tenth century of tbe Hijrah. Headings in red.

Incipit: Ay tarazanda-yi baharistan way nigaranda-yi nigaristan
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 114-5.
Rieu, i, p. 106.
Ethe, No 606.
Romer's gift is described in the Donations Register for November 18 1848 and the Journal for 1837, p. xiv.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 247
Dimensions (leaf): 11.5


17 lines on a page




Red leather Oriental binding with blind-tooled design. Back cover seems to have faint impressions of Persian script. Extra flyleaves at beginning and end are European, probably English paper, some watermarked J. WHATMAN 1815 W BALSTON @ Co, others with the initials V E I C, within a device, probably that of the Dutch East India Company.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by J. Romer.


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