Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Gulistan by Saʻdī

Title: Gulistan.

The initial entry is handwritten on the Library copy of Codrington. Back fllyleaf, verso: Persian Goolestan or Flower Garden given to me by my Nephew Edwin Lance of the E.I. Company Service Clyffe Jany 18. 1856. Written for Thakur Das, entitled Budhraj, apparently a ruling prince, at the command of the learned Partab Singh. The colophon gives details of the editing and printing of the Gulistan and commentaries on it on the instructions of the English. Possibly the MS is copied from a printed version. Ruled margins. Headings in red. Illuminated panels above the beginning of the preface and each of the chapters. Marginal glosses in red and black.

Incipit: Minnat mar 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): 11.5


11 lines to the page


Nasta'liq. Deva Ram, known as Tuti


English Brown morocco binding. Title tooled on spine; armorial badge on both covers, with motto: PRO REGE. Below: CAROLUS PORCHER DE CLYFFE


Origin: Kashmir. A.H. 1260 (1844-5); Samvat 1909 (?).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by R.S. Greenshields.


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