Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 77. IN UNNUMBERED CASING. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Basatin al-Salatin by Ghulam Murtada, called Sahib Hadrat.

Pale blue watermarked paper. In the preface it is stated the Muhammad Ibrahim al-Zubairi, is the writer - muharrir, tending to be used of scribes rather than authors - of this work. However, at the end of the text the transmitter (naql kunandah), presumably the scribe, who gives his name as Mir Haidar grandson of Mir Ghulam Husain, great grandson? of Nizam al-Mulk Dakhani and Hakim Shams al-Din, notes that the book was composed (ta'lif) by Sahib Hadrat, son-in-law of Shah 'Abdullah Husaini and copied at the command of Briggs Sahib. Ghulam Murtada is named as the author in the copies in the British Museum, and this is confirmed by William Erskine, who knew the author, as noted on a MS dated 1237/1822 which he possessed. In the concluding section 1833 is said to be eight years before the present. In the British Library MSS the present is placed four years after 1833. See Rieu. Inside front cover, printed slip: Lieut. Col. Briggs. A history of the 'Adil-Shahi dynasty to A.H. 1111, with a brief section on later events.

Incipit: Sipas-i gunagun wa sitayish-i az hadd afzun mar sani'i-ra
Language(s): Persian.


Storey, i, pp. 745-6.
Rieu, i, pp. 319-20.
Ethe, No 456.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 387
Dimensions (leaf): 10.75


13 lines on a page


Shikastah Amiz.


Red leather European-style binding. Watermark of flyleaves dated 1825.


Origin: Bijapur, apparently. See colophon. 11 Dhu Qa'dah A.H. 1240 and A.D 18--..

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by General Briggs.


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