Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Persian Manuscripts


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.


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.
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Physical Description

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


13 lines to the page in double column




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


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

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Col. C.J.Doyle.


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