Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Kulliyāt by Saʻdī

Title: Kulliyāt
Title: كليات

The initial entryis written in the Library copy of Codrington. Parts of the text written diagonally in the side margins. Front flyleaf, recto: Note of acquisition by Muhammad Mamduhi? dated Sha'ban (1)274 March-April 1858). With the preface of Ibn Bisutun. A manuscript of high quality. Ruled margins and panels for headings etc. Headings in text in gold, red and blue. Major headings in gold outlined in black on illuminated backgrounds. Double page giving contents etc and first opening of text richly illuminated. Small panels of similar rich decoration with the title introducing individual works. Corner spaces etc with floral decoration.

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


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5


17 lines to the page


Elaborate red and brown leather binding, probably original, with flap, decorated with tooling, the central areas with a pattern of cartouches stamped vertically. The doublures decorated with filigree work in pattern of stars filled with arabesques. The first section of the flap has painted decoration, including the verse: Jahan-didah Sa'di-i raushan-rawan * Zafar burdah dar ma'ni az sabiqan.


Origin: Thursday 9 Ramadan A.H. 886 (1 November 1481).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by R.S.Greenshields


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