Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.107 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Gulistān-i Saʻdī by Shaykh Saʻdī

Written in the margins is Saʻdī's Būstān.

Incipit: منت خدایرا عز وجلّ
Explicit: گرنیاید بگوش رغبت کس بر رسولان بلاغ باشد وبس
Language(s): Persian


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 153 ff.


Beautifully written Indian taʻlīq.


Four illustrations

  • f. 72v Illustration One: Story of the two dervishes.
  • f. 88v Illustration Two: Story of the young athlete who offended the boatmen and got into trouble.
  • f. 106v Illustration Three: Saʻdī, when tired and oppressed with heat, relieved by a beautiful girl.
  • f. 134r Illustration Four: Saʻdī and a friend coming to blows over a philosophical question.


Origin: Undated

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on 'E. G. Browne: A supplementary hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1922', and 'E.H. Palmer A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, London 1870'.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Trinity College Cambridge


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