Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 75. BOX 37. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Risalah i Ansab i Afghaniah by Farid al-Din Ahmad.

First flyleaf, recto: a) Title in Persian and English. b) Presented by Sir John Malcolm May 19. 1827 Folio one recto: Title in red ink in Persian, probably in the hand of the author. It is not given in the work itself. Morley rightly attributes the work to Farid al-Din Ahmad. A mistaken attribution to 'Abbas Khan Sarvani, sixteenth-century author of a history of the Afghans, is written in pencil in English on the recto of the first front flyleaf and by the colophon. This was put in print by Codrington. At the end Farid al-Din Ahmad apologises for the limitations of the work and hopes, if circumstances are favourable, to send a completion from Bushire. A very brief tract on the origins and genealogies of the Afghans. Punctuation etc in red.

Incipit: Ahwal-i guruh-i Afghaniyya az ruy-i nasab
Language(s): Persian.


Seems not to be mentioned 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 20
Dimensions (leaf): 7.75 × 5.25 in.


9 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. Farid al-Din Ahmad


Red leather European binding, with discreet blind-tooled decoration.


Origin: Mumbay (Bombay). 20 Ramadan A.H. 1217 and 15 January A.D.1803.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir John Malcolm.


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