Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Ouseley Add. 24 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts Ouseley Add. Collection


An illustrated copy of Gāzurgāhī's Majālis al-ʻushshāq.

Author and Attributed name: Ḥusayn Bāyqarā, Sultan of Khorasan, 1438-1506
Language(s): Persian


Robinson, pp. 97-102.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: ff. iv + 197 + iv (f. 101 supplied later)
Dimensions (leaf):
Dimensions (written):



Script: Excellent Nastaʻlīq. Scribe: Farīd al-Kātib


First two pages brilliantly illuminated; contains 74 miniature paintings of a former 75.


Later (Qajar period?) lacquer binding with flowers and arabesques, rich in gold.


Origin: ; Dhū al-Qaʻdah 959 AH; October-November 1552 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The collections of Sir Gore Ouseley [bookplate and coat of arms on 1st upper flyleaf recto].

Purchased by the Bodleian Library in 1858.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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