Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 258A. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Gulistan by Saʻdī

Title: Gulistan.

The initial entry is written in the Library copy of Codrington. The manuscript is hardly anything like as early as A.H. 786. In the initial entry it is described as seventeentth-century. Inside front cover and f1a, notes, seemingly mostly accounts, naming a merchant; also the record of the birth of Mahmud on 14 Rajab 1273 (10 March 1857). Ruled margins in blue round central text; ruled margins in blue, gold and black enclosing text of the Bustan. Headings and punctuation in red. Illuminated initial opening. With the Bustan written in the margins.

Incipit: Minnat Khuday-ra 'azza wa jalla
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.
For Greenfields' gift see J.R.A.S. 1932, p, 784.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios
Dimensions (leaf): 8.5 × 5.5 in.


9 lines to the page




Indian black leather binding with blind tooling and coloured stamped cartouches.


Origin: According to the colophon Friday 11 Sha'ban 786, the year being given in words and in numerals, but see notes.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by R.S. Greenshields.


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