Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 246. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Panj Ganj or Khamsah by Niẓāmī Ganjavī, 1140 or 41-1202 or 3

Flyleaf preceding text; Ex libris C.J. Doyle (seemingly in Doyle's hand). F1a: a) Note of ownership of Muhammad b. Mustafa. b) Note of the presentation of the book as a gift from Abu 'l-Makarim Qadi of Shahjahanabad on 7 Rabi' II regnal year 6, giving details of the miniatures and illumination etc. c) Note of inspection dated regnal year 6. d) Note of inspection dated I Shawwal regnal year 8. d) Note dated 8 Safar 1069 (7 November 1658) recording that the Khamsa sent by Miyan Firuzan? [son of] Miyan Zahur? was sent as a gift via Akbarabad. Last folio, verso: a) Hasan b, 'Abadallah. b) Note dated 6 Safar 1046 (10 July 1636) concernng a journey. Pasted on the last back flyleaf, verso: A note from the conservator and binder Roger Powell who conserved and rebound the MS, dated Februry 1951. The five long poems of Nizami. A manuscript of high quality, with fine illumination and 21 miniatures, mostly rather worn, attributed by Robinson to the Turkman school c. 1450. For details see B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 8-14.

Incipit: Bismi 'llahi 'l-rahmani 'l-rahim
Language(s): Persian.


Storey (de Blois), v, pp. 363-409.
Entered in the Donations Register for 15 March 1834. No 11 in list of Persian MSS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 338
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 5.5. in.


23 lines to the page in four columns




Green morocco binding.


Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Doyle.


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