Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

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

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Pand-namah

With the ghazals of Mahmud in the margins. Decoration as in Codrington/Reade No 264, q.v. Three miniatures, two corresponding to those in No 264, the other depicting Anushirwan rather than the torment of the damned. Author unknown. Falsely attributed to Sa'di.

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


For references and provenance see Codrington/Reade No 264.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10.25 × 6.25 in.


13 lines to the page




Format, decoration and binding are very similar to those of Codrington/Reade No 264. Both contain the same work and the same poems in the margins. They differ in small details and may be by different scribes. The miniatures, however, are by two different artists. Limp red leather Indian binding with painted decoration.


Origin: Possibly Herat. Late.

Provenance and Acquisition

Presumably gift of Lieut.Col. Carmichael Smyth, registered on 6 June 1842.


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