Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 262. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Kulliyāt by Saʻdī

Title: Kulliyāt
Title: كليات

F1a: a) Impression of rectangular seal of Archibald Swinton Rustam Jang Bahadur, dated 1174 (1760-1). b) impression of small seal of Sulaiman, dated 1146? (1733-4) and regnal year 4. c) No (1) Kooliat Shaik Saddee a Present from Meer Sulyman d) Stamp, the name filled in in ink: Presented to the ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY by Thos. Newnham Esq 15 June 1839. e) Inspection notes dated 19 Rajab 1150 (12 November 1737; regnal year 2 of Muhammad Shah; regnal years 30 and 31. Ruled margins. Headings and punctuation in red. Illuminated openings at beginning of text and ff. 99-100, 171-2, 205-6, 279-80, 306-7 and occasional other illuminated panels. Two openings of miniature paintings have been added at the beginning and end of the text. They are not part of the original MS. The first picture shows a scene of dervishes dancing, the second an incident in a bath-house. The second pair form a single composition depicting a prince at pleasure. These are not covered in Robinson's book on the Society's Persian paintings. They may be seventeenth-century Bukharan work.

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


As for Codrington/Reade No 251.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 363 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10


19 lines to the page and diagonal writing on the side margin




Third flyleaf, recto: Armorial bookplate of Thomas Newnham (from the previous binding). Black leather tooled binding; Carnegie U.K. Trust Grant 1929.


Origin: A.H. 1013 (1604-5).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Thomas Newnham.


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