RAS Persian 246A. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
1 copy of Khamsah by Niẓāmī Ganjavī, 1140 or 41-1202 or 3
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.
19 lines to page in 4 columns
Nasta'liq. Mun'im al-Din Muhammad al-Auhadi al-Husaini
White Pigskin binding, Powell's replacement.
Provenance and Acquisition
Presented by R.S. Greenshields.