Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 256. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Bustan by Sa'di

Author: Sa'di
Title: Bustan.

Inside front cover: a) Armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. b) Printed slip, describing the MS, perhaps from a sale catalogue. The colophon states that the owner was Shaikh I'tibari,son of (reading walad for walid) the late Shaikh Muhammad Ja'far resident in ?, parganah ? Headings in red.

Incipit: Bi-nam-i jahandar-i janafarin
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.
General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Perian and Arabic manuscripts is mentioned, without details in the donations register under November 6 1841. The bequest is mentioned in J.R.A.S., vii, 1843, Annual Report, p. x, and the manuscripts are briefly listed in the Proceedings, pp. xxx-xxxi.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 147 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 8.75 × 6.25. in.


15 lines to the page


Brown leather Indian binding with stamped and blind stamped decoration, with large, rectangular central gilded panels.


Origin: Thursday 25 Jesth A.H. 1200 (June 1786?), 1193 Bengali San era.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).


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