Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 252. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

1 copy of Bustan by Saʻdī

Title: Bustan.

F1a, notes of acquisition(?) dated 1208? (1793-4?) and 1228 (1813. Final folio, verso: a) Ex libris C J Doyle A.D. 1820. b) Impression of small rectangular seal, not read. The MS ends with a long 'colophon' in verse, describing how it was made at the command of the Nawwab Intizam al-Mulk Amir al-Daulah Nusrat Jang, whose name was Haidar and that the gilding was carried out between 1 Rajab and the 'Id (at the end of Ramadan, presumably) in the year 1202 (7 April - 6 July 1788). Ruled margins. Headings in red. Each hemistich of the text has gilding around it. The initial opening has elaborate illumination.

Incipit: Bi-nam-i Khudawand-i jan-afarin
Language(s): Persian.

References

As for Codrington/Reade No 251.
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Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 165 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10.5 × 6.5. in.

Layout

13 lines to the page in double column

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq.

Binding

Brown leather Indian binding with gilt stamped and painted arabesque decoration, the insided covers ornamented with inlaid gilt and coloured filigree work.

History

Origin: A.H. 1202 (1777-8).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Col. C.J.Doyle.

Availability

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