Or 15964 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
Six works on Sufism
Five qaṣīdahs on mystical and metaphysical themes.
Munzavī in FNKhF IV, pp. 2678-9 lists only three manuscripts of this work, all from the 9th/15th century, in Tehran, Paris and Cairo.
A short Sufi poem.
FNKhF IV, p. 3049, lists three copies, including BL Add. 7611, of which only the Paris BnF manuscript predates the present one.
A prose treatise on Sufism and ethics, comprising five sections (qism) subdivided into faṣls.
For a description of its contents and references to 13 manuscripts, see FNKhF IV, pp. 1275-6.
The manuscript contains three contemporary miniature paintings, illustrating passages from Ṭarab al-majālis, on folios 30v, 32v, and 36r; these are of reasonably good quality but appear to have been needlessly retouched with brown paint, rather to their detriment.
A masnavī poem concerning various aspects of the Sufi journey to God. Munzavī FNKhF IV, pp. 3060-2 lists 36 copies.
A didactic poem on aspects of the Sufi Path, comprising eight ‘discourses’ (maqāla).
FNKhF IV, pp. 2849-51 lists 42 copies including BL Sloane 3587 and Add. 16832, to which should be added Add. 7767, Add. 19809, and Or. 1226. The incipit in the present manuscript is the second of the two cited by Munzavī, loc. cit.
A masnavī poem, also known by the title ‘Ishq-nāmah, comprising letters between a lover and his Beloved.
Munzavī FNKhF IV, pp. 2931-2, lists 8 copies. The incipit in the present manuscript is the second of the two cited by Munzavī, loc. cit.
Multiple text frames: black, gold, yellow, red, green and black. Gold and polychrome floral motifs and designs of Central Asian type on most folios. Illuminated text openings on f. 1v-2r and 11v-12r. Illuminated poetical dā’ira, f. 9v. Headings and quotations, which are vocalised, in red. Text frames and columns in black and gold. Illuminated title headings, of fair quality, in gold and red with polychrome floral ornament. The manuscript contains three contemporary miniature paintings, illustrating passages from Ṭarab al-majālis, on folios 30v, 32v, and 36
Fine maroon morocco binding with flap,central ogival medallions and corner-pieces with gilt impressed arabesque ornament, and doublures with similar but smaller ornaments featuring fine leather filigree work.
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased at Bonhams sale 1 May 2003, lot 41
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