Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 57. BOXED, NO NUMBER. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Mir'at al-‘Alam by Shaikh Muhammad Baqa b. Ghulam Muhammad Saharanpuri.

Folio one, recto: Impression of seal of Shaikh Bahadur, dated 1194. Stamp, with place left for name: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY BY J. Romer Esq. I April 1837. Last folio, verso: A poem about the copying of the book, apparently ending with a chronogram (not checked) with the date 1148 written beneath it. This is not in the hand of the scribe of the text of the last folio, but may be that of another scribe employed on the MS. Author is Shaikh Muhammad Baqa b. Ghulam Muhammad Saharanpuri, but attributed by 'courteous fiction' to Muhammad Bakhtawar Khan. (See Rieu) A general History from the Creation to A.H. 1079.

Incipit: Incipit:Bartarin gauhari ki tajdaran-i kishwar-i fasahat
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 131-4.
Rieu, i, pp. 125-7, and iii, pp. 890-1.
Ethe, No 124, and No 125.
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 282
Dimensions (leaf): 17 × 10 in.


29 and 31 lines on a page


Nasta'liq, Shikasta Amiz, and Shikasta. Sections written by more than one scribe.


Brown leather Oriental binding with blind-stamped decoration.


Origin: Probably A.H. 1148. See notes.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by John Romer.


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