Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 266. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ

Front flyleaf, verso: arrmorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. With the prefacce by Muhammad Gulandam. Ruled margins in gold and colours. Panels marking end of poems have illuminated decoration. Preceding the text is a heavily illuminated opening with the title etc. The first openings of the preface and of the divan itself are also illuminated and have plants and animals drawn in gold filling the margins.

Incipit: Hamd-i bi-hadd wa thana-yi bi-'add wa sipas-i bi-qiyas
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 265.
General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Perian and Arabic manuscripts is mentioned, without details in the donations register under November 6 1841. The bequest is mentioned in J.R.A.S., vii, 1843, Annual Report, p. x, and the manuscripts are briefly listed in the Proceedings, pp. xxx-xxxi.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 193 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 10


12 lines to the page in double column




Indian bInding of green leather with flap decorated with gilding, the central areas of covers and flap covered with strips of variously coloured fabric enriched with silver thread.


Origin: India, presumably

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).


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