Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 264. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Pand-namah

Pasted inside front cover: note initialled E.G.B.(rowne) describing the manuscript and giving references. Browne had checked against a British Museum MS with poems of Mahmud (see Rieu, ii, p. 797) and found they were the same as in the R.A.S. manuscripts. Limp red leather Indian cover with painted decoration. Similar in nearly all respects to Codrington/Reade No 264a, but the painter and possibly the scribe are different. Ghazals by Mahmud, 'rhyming' in each letter of the alphabet, written diagonally on the margins. Headings in red. Ruled and gilt margins and dividers. Panel of rather coarse illumination above opening of the text. Three miniatures: 1) Gabriel and Buraq; 2) The torment of the damned; 3) Love and intoxication. Author unknown. Falsely attributed to Sa'di.

Incipit: Karima bibakhshay bar hal-i ma
Language(s): Persian.


Rieu, ii, p. 865 and 797.
Ethe, No 1127.
This is not No 198 in Morley's Handwritten catalogue, as stated by Codrington, but presumably one of two copies (the other is 264A) presented by Carmichael Smith and said to have been brought from Herat. The donor gave a number of other objects from Afghanistan at the same time. See Donations Register for 18 June 1842 and J.R.A.S.. viii (1846), Donations, p. 9.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 12 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10.25 × 6.5 in.


12 lines to the page in double column




Origin: Possibly Herat. Late.

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably given by Lieut-Col. Carmichael Smyth. See references


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