Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 251. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Bustan by Saʻdī

Title: Bustan.

F1a: a) Note of ownership of 'dharrah-i bimiqdar 'Ashiqi 'Ali b) Ex libris C.J. Doyle c) Soc. Reg. Asiat. AD 1834. Folio preceding text: The Bostan of Sheikh Sa'di beautifully written, and richly illuminated by Sultan Mohammed Nur. Presented to the Royal Asiatic Society by Lieut. Colonel Doyle 15th March 1834. A manuscript of high quality. Ruled margins covering join of text and paper of margins. Headings in gold on panels filled with illuminated scrolls. Elaborately illuminated initial opening. Broad margins of paper of a variety of colours splashed with gold. Two miniatures in Bukhara style. See B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 53-5.

Incipit: Bi-nam-i khudawand-i janafarin (Sic, varying from the usual incipit.)
Language(s): Persian.


Rieu, ii, pp. 594-598 etc.
Ethe, No 1117 etc.
Encyclopaedia of Islam, s.v. Sa'di.
Entered in the Donations Register for 15 March 1834. No 3 in list of Persian MSS.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 149 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12 × 7.5 in.


14 lines to the page


Nasta'liq. Sultan Muhammad Nur


Elaborate red leather Indian binding with stamped decoration and central panels of green velvet. The interiors of the covers also have stamped and painted decoration.


Origin: Bukhara, probably. C. 1530.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Doyle.


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