RAS Persian 258. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
1 copy of Gulistan by Saʻdī
Two folios preceding the text, have less finely decorated blue margins and have illuminated texts in Arabic. The verso of the final folio and two additional folios have similar blue margins and bear Persian texts written in shikastah script. The third and fifth pages have the signature of Murid Khan Tabataba. Pasted inside back cover: notice giving the number of the MS in the Royal Academy's exhibition of Indian Art, 1948. A famous manuscript of the highest quality, produced under the Mughal Emperor Akbar. In good condition. The join between the paper of the text and the margins is concealed by ruled lines. Verses are set in panels with dividers separating hemistichs. The text and horizontal and vertical panels are enlivened throughout with minute figures of birds and animals. The broad margins, of blue paper, are decorated with scrolls and figures of animals and birds in gold. A miniature under the colophon shows the calligrapher and the artist, Manohar son of Basawan, who are identified in the text of two letters they are shown writing. Stuck on to the recto of f1a is a Mughal drawing, with some touches of colour, of later date, showing a bearded and turbaned teacher with a class of female students and attendants.
12 lines on a page
English green morocco binding with tooled decoration.
Provenance and Acquisition
Bequeathed by Neil Benjamin Edmonstone.