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Or Ms 194: ظفرنامه Ẓafar-nāmah, undated copy (original text composed 15th cent. C.E.)

 Item
Identifier: Or Ms 194

Scope and Contents

A history of the great conqueror Tīmūr (Tamerlane) from his birth, 736 A.H. (1336 C.E.), to his death, 807 A.H. (1405 C.E.), collected from official records, by Mawlānā Sharaf al-Dīn 'Alī Yazdī (d. 858 A.H., 1454 C.E.), who was attached to the court of Sulṭān Shāhrukh Mīrzā, and subsequently of his son, Sulṭān Ibrāhīm Mīrzā, at whose desire the present work was compiled at Shiraz in four years and dedicated to Shāhrukh in 828 A.H. (1425 C.E.). The Ẓafar-nāmah, or, as it is often called, Tīmūr-nāmah, is written in such a style that it is considered a very model of elegance in Persian prose composition.

The present copy has an illuminated frontispiece, and gilt frames.

Dates

  • Creation: undated copy (original text composed 15th cent. C.E.)

Language of Materials

Persian (Script: naskh)

Physical Description

This volume has been damaged by insects, and the frontispiece requires conservation attention.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 volume

Other Finding Aids

Hukk, Mohammed Ashraful; Ethé, Hermann; and Robertson, Edward, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic and Persian Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library (Hertford: Stephen Austin & Sons Ltd., 1925).

Custodial History

An inscription on the flyleaf and another at the end indicate that this "very old copy" was the property of Muḥammad Sāliḥ, a physician of Shīrāz, 1071 A.H., 1660 C.E., who had bought it at Shāhjahānābād (Dehli) and repaired it.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed to the University of Edinburgh Library by David Anderson in 1828, entered the library in 1834.

Physical Description

This volume has been damaged by insects, and the frontispiece requires conservation attention.

Processing Information

Annotation uses legacy data from Mohammed Hukk et al. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic and Persian Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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