Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 244. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Khusraw va Shīrīn by Hātifī, d. 1520 or 21

F1a, stamp, the name entered in ink: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by Lt Col. C.J. Doyle. A manuscript of sumptuous quality. A panel of illumination above the opening of the text, smaller ones on last two folios, headings in white on gold. Elaborate borders many based on stencils. Six miniatures and one tinted drawing. For the miniatures, marginal decoration and illumination see B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 59-61. Entered in the Donations Register for 15 March 1834. No 6 in list of Persian MSS. Here, and for long afterwords, wrongly identified as the Khusrau wa Shirin of Nizami. The correct attribution is supplied in pencil by B.W. R[obinson] on the Library copy of Codrington.

Incipit: Khudawanda bi-'ishqam zindagi dih
Language(s): Persian.


Encyclopaedia of Islam, s.v. Hatifi.
Rieu, Suppt., p. 190.
C.f., Rieu, ii, pp. 652-3; Ethe, No 1398.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 92
Dimensions (leaf): 11 × 7.25. in.


11 lines on a page in double columns




Brown leather binding, with tooling and blind tooling. (Third front flyleaf, verso: Bound from the Carnegie Trust Grant 1929.)


Origin: Robinson describes the miniatures as of Khurasan, c. 1575.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Doyle.


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