Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 165. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Tadhkirat al-Shu'ara' by Dawlatshāh Samarqandī, d. ca. 1494

Codrington's entry evidently confuses this with something else, probably Codrington/Reade No 164. Page preceding present f1, recto: impression of small oval seal of Ahmad Tahir. Folio one, recto, in illuminated panel at upper left: a) Note in Persian regarding the gift of this incomparable manuscript, dated [9?]90 b) Note in Arabic recording acquisition by Ibrahim dated 15 Safar 1079. c) Note in Arabic recording acquisition by Ahmad al-Mu'id. Lower down: a) Note in Arabic recording ownership of Ahmad Tahir al-Mudarris dated 1183, beside a second impression of his seal. b) Note in Arabic recording acquisition by 'Iffat dated [1]157, by the partial impression of a small round seal with the name 'Iffat visible and seemingly dated 1160. c) impression of a larger round seal recording possession by al-Hajj Mustafa Sadafi. Date obscure. d) Impression of small seal with religious inscription. Inside back cover, armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. Ff216-230 contain an anonymous supplement covering a number of poets mostly of slightly later date. The first is Mir 'Ali the calligrapher, the latest Fuduli of Baghdad. Uniform with the rest and by the same scribe. Illuminated initial opening with decorative panel above beginning of text. Headings and punctuation in gold and red. A manuscript of superior quality.

Incipit: Tahmidi kih shahbaz-i buland-parwaz-i andishah
Language(s): Persian.


See Codrington/Reade No 163.
General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Perian and Arabic manuscripts is mentioned, without details in the donations register under November 6 1841. The bequest is mentioned in J.R.A.S., vii, 1843, Annual Report, p. x, and the manuscripts are briefly listed in the Proceedings, pp. xxx-xxxi.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 330
Dimensions (leaf): 4.75


17 lines on a page


Nasta'liq. Ibrahim b. Hajji Muhammad


Brown and black leather binding of good quality with flap, presumably Ottoman. Decorated with tooling and gold paint. Of good quality. The first gathering now detached.


Origin: Probably the Ottoman Empire. Thursday Rabi' I A.H. 977, (F315b) (Not 1079)

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).


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