Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 247. (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.

F1a: Signature of David Price. The manuscript was written at the command of Khwajah Nizam al-Din Ahmad. Ruled margins. Headings in red. Gilt decoration above opening of the text.

Incipit: Hast kilid-i dar-i ganj hakim. Bismillahi 'l-rahmani 'l-rahim (sic, the hemistichs transposed from the usual order)
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 246.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 454
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5 × 5.5 in.


14 lines to the page in double column, the margins filled in with text written diagonally


Nasta'liq. Khwajah Muhammad Shafi'


Brown leather Indian binding with flap, and stamped and painted decoration. A Persian hemistich is stamped three times in cartouches along the front of the flap.


Origin: 12 Dhi Qa'dah A.H. 1088 (6 January 1678) (Not 1077).

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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