Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 74 (2). BOX 37. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of A short history of the Sikhs from the time of Nanak to A.D. 1806 by Bakht-Mal.

On the fold-out sheet attached to the verso of the first front flyleaf is a description of the work by E.G. Browne. As Browne points out Rieu (i, pp. 666-7) informs us that in a second work on the same subject Bakht-Mal that he had written a short history of the Sikhs which John Malcolm had taken. Presumably this is it. It is not unlikely that it came to the Library with Malcolm's other manuscripts, but there is no confirmation. Bound with Codrington/Reade No 74 (1). Written at the desire of Mr (later Sir) John Malcolm. Some gaps left for headings.

Incipit: Ba'd hamd-i Khuda miguyad faqir Bakhtmal
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 666-7. The only MS recorded by Storey.
Malcolm's gift is described in the Donations Register for 19 May 1827 and in the Transactions for 1830, pp. xcix-c.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 55
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 5.25 in.


12 lines on a page




Provenance and Acquisition

Reade says, with the query: Presented by Sir John Malcolm? Morley is silent. See notes.


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