Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 257. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Bustan by Saʻdī

Title: Bustan.

Remargined on European paper. F1a, ignoring corrections made by the original writer: This maunsucript was procured in Kandesh from Jan Saheb the grandson of the transcriber who was tutor to Aurungzeeb and in whose hand the work is written. The family had the estate made over to it at Chopra which it still enjoys. Briggs. Camp at Chopra March. 1821. (If the date in the colophon is correct the MS could not have been written by Aurangzeb's tutor.) Inside front cover, printed slip: Lieut. Col. Briggs. Text consists of parts of the poem. Ruled margins and panels dividing the columns and for headings. Headings not put in. Panel of illiumination above opening of text. Writing on first opening surrounded by swags outlined in black and filled in with hatching in red. Illumination on colophon page of mediocre quality, probably added later.

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


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 27
Dimensions (leaf): 6.5


On the central part of the last few folios a hole, probably caused by white ants has been carefully filled in.


9 lines on a page in double column




Brown leather European-style binding, with blind-tooled and painted decoration.


Origin: A.H. 976 (1568-9) (. (Not 970) And see notes.

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: Lieutenant Colonel Briggs.


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