Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 260. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Kulliyāt by Saʻdī

Title: Kulliyāt
Title: كليات

F1a. a) Signature of David Price, August 1800 b) Anima pura abire parata Quid solis(?) mori quid pulveris! c) Impression of small square seal of Hajji Isma'il al-Husaini. Final folio, recto: a) Second impression of Isma'il al-Husaini's seal. b) Impression of round seal of Hajji Isma'il b. Mahmud. There are a number of verses written on the blank leaves at beginning and end of the MS, one a chronogram giving the date 1199 (1784-5). Pasted inside the back cover, a slip bearing a story in prose and verse set in the reign of Shahjahan. Complete works of Sa di, with the preface by 'Ali b. Ahmad b. Abu Bakr b. Bisutun. Ruled margins and panels for headings etc. Part of the text written diagonally in the margins. Illuminated double page with the names of Sa'di's twenty works written on gold roundels in two circular arrangements with pendents. The margins more recent. The initial opening of the text is also finely illuminated and each work is named in a small panel of illumination.

Incipit: Shukr u sipas ma'budi-ra jallat qudratuhu
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 375 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 4.75


17 lines to the page




Red and brown leather European-style binding with painted decoration.


Origin: Jumada 1 A.H. 895 (March-April 1490).

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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