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Call Number: MS Hunter 54 (T.2.12)
Date of Creation: Between 1663 and 1665
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Singhasan-Battisti. [Hindi (?Braj).]
The Thirty-Two Tales of the Lion-Seat (Throne):
Begins [in Kayathi-nagari characters]: GANPATIDATASAUGUNAGAHAK: : | AGAMASINYUASICAKETHAHAK: :
Ends [in Kayathi-nagari characters]: ITI SRI SINGHASANBATISI PUR(U)SOTAMDAS | KRITSAMAPT : D || JODEKHASOJIKHAMAMA | DOKHANDI ATE SAMBAT 1721 SANAI NAM MITI | SAWAN SUDI PARIWA RAMNAM SATYAHAI ||
Remarks: On the inside of the first board in an XVIII. Cent. hand: CXXXI. | Numerals in this Book [here follow the Arabic numerals in their native form] | 1741 present use 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.
On the verso of the last leaf in an XVIII. Cent. hand: Roberd Crisengrife.
The Rev. J. Macara, Minister of Saline, has kindly supplied the transliteration of the incipit and explicit, the title and the date. He notes that the character employed in this MS. is "Kayathi-nagari and not Devanagari pure and simple... the fine distinctions of the former ruder style of writing have not been carefully kept... the MS. begins with an invocation to Ganesh. The explicit is merely a note by the writer... The date at the end of the MS. is Sambat 1721 = A.D. 1664-65, the first day of the light half, i.e. lunar fortnight of Sawan (July-August). The name of the writer - not author - is Purusottamdas (i.e. Krishna's servant)."
For a Persian version of this work see Brit. Mus. Cat., Persian MSS., 763a and 1006b.
See Journal Asiatique, 4e série, 1845, ii. 278, for an account of the Sanskrit original of these tales, and also Brit. Mus. Catalogue of Marathi, Gujarati, etc. MSS., p. 33.
[Formerly Q.1.10; Q.1.10]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper (glazed, Oriental), 12˝ x 6 5/8, ff. 169, originally more, written (in red and black) in single cols. of about 16 lines, each about 10˝ x 3˝, margined by folding, not ruled, worm-holed and dirty. 1st Sawan, Sanvat, 1721 (A.D. 1664-5).
Binding: Limp pasteboards (loose), covered crimson morocco, blind-tooled, floral devices stamped in the centre and corners of both boards, the last leaf only adheres to the covers
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Hindi
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 457.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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signatory: Robert Crisengrife 18th cent.
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