Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE/ NO 14. BOX 6. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Mahābhārata

Translation of vol.I of the Sanskrit epic containing the first six books by Abu 'l-Fadl and others.Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. This MS lacks the usual introduction by Abu 'l-Fadl. >Not in Morley Printed Cat. First folio of each book, recto has a note in Persian giving the number of the book and its Sanskrit name, and in some case the number of folios. English notes of contents in pencil in margins. Some Persian scribal corrections and notes. Flyleaf, recto, pencilled title and catalogue Nos. F1a, in ink: David Price. In ink on bottom of pages: Maha Bahrat VOL.1. On spine: title in English; paper labels: [Per]sian (number deleted), 14. In the list of donors in Morley's handwritten catalogue No 72 is listed among the donations of Price and of Lieutenant Alexander Burnes. However this volume is by the same scribe and binder as No 15, and both have Price's signature. N.B. Price translated and published part of the story of Krishna. He also published memoirs. See Buckland. Ruled margins.

Incipit: Rawiyyan-i akhbar-i Hindustan dar kutub-i khud chunin niwishta and
Language(s): Persian


Rieu, i, pp. 57-8.
Ethe, No 1928. Gives same incipit.
For Price's bequest see the Journal for 1836, pp. xii-xiv (an obituary note p. lx).

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 617
Dimensions (leaf): 12 × 7.5 in.


21 lines on a page




Oriental brown and red leather binding with blind tooling and gilt cartouches. Stamped on cartouche of frontpiece of front flap: a Persian verse: Gunah banda kard ast u sharmsar?. karam bin u lutf-i khudavandgar.


Origin: The second volume, No 15, has a colophon dated 11 Rabi' 1 1126.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of Major David Price.


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