Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Persian Manuscripts


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

Title: Khamsah.

The initial entry is a handwritten addition to the Library copy of Codrington. This page, as indicated in the panel of illumination, is the beginning of Khusrau wa Shirin, but is bound out of place. The first poem is in fact the Makhzan al-Asrar, the beginning of which is missing. The manuscript was conserved in 1967 by Roger Powell (So Robinson). A typewritten note of the details of the work, initialled R.P.W. is pastedinside the back cover. Two sheets containing notes on the pages missing from the manuscript are inside the front cover. The five long poems of Nizami. A manuscript of good quality but with many of the original miniatures and much of the illumination removed. Ruled blue, red and black margins. Illuminated panel above beginning of text. Headings in blue on vegetal scrolling, which also occurs by the colophon an elsewhere. Thirteen miniatures in Shiraz style remain. See B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 29-30. Robinson also gives a list of the pages that have been removed.

Incipit: Khudawanda rah-i taufiq bigshay
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 246.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Dimensions (leaf): 11.5


19 lines to page in 4 columns


White Pigskin binding, Powell's replacement.


Origin: Shiraz. Last day of Ramadan A.H. 927 (3 September 1521).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by R.S. Greenshields.


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