Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.15.52 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Kullīyāt-i Saʻdī Shirāzī by Saʻdī

The complete works of Shaykh Saʻdī‏.

This copy contains many errors and omissions throughout the text, especially in the prose works.

Language(s): Persian
1. ff. 4v.
Title: Risālah-i avval dar taqrīr dībāchah
Title: رساله أول در تقرير ديباچه

A short essay on prefaces.

2. f. 18v.
Title: al-Majlis al-awwal
Title: المجلس الأول

The first of the Five Assemblies (رساله دويم مجالس پنجگانه) .

3. f. 24v.
Title: al-Majlis al-thānī
Title: المجلس الثاني

The Second Assembly.

4. f. 33v.
Title: al-Majlis al-thālith
Title: المجلس الثالث

The Third Assembly.

5. f. 38v.
Title: al-Majlis al-rābiʿ
Title: المجلس الرابع

The Fourth Assembly.

6. f. 46r.
Title: al-Majlis al-khāmis
Title: المجلس الخامس

The Fifth Assembly.

7. f. 61v.
Title: Risālah dar suʾāl ṣāḥib-i dīvān
Title: رساله در سؤال صاحب ديوان

The Question of the Minister of Finance. Text is written in the margin.

10. f. 95r.
Title: Risālah-i naṣīḥat-i Ankīyānū
Title: رساله نصيحة انكيانو

The Counsel of Ankīyānū.

11. f. 100r.
Title: Risālah-i Malik Shams al-Dīn Tāzī Gū
Title: رسالة سيوم در ملك شمس الدين تازى گو

Anecdote of King Shams al-Dīn, surnamed Tāzī Gū, or the Arabic Orator.

f. 100r.
Title: Risālah-i Sulṭān Ābāqā
Title: رساله سلطان آباقا

The Story of Sulṭān Ābāqā.

14. f. 4v.

A series of moral stories in verse, in masnavī style. It consists of a preface and ten chapters. Written in margin of this folio.

18. f. 129v.

Poems with verses alternating between Persian and Arabic.

19. f. 135v.

Tarjīʿ poems.

21. f. 278v.

Poems entitled 'Pure Odours'.


Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 343 ff.


Beautifully written taʻlīq.


Illuminated ʿunwāns

Numerous miniatures


Origin: 1578 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

A note inserted at the beginning of the MS inidcates it was the property of Mr. Boddam of Trinity College.

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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