Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 267. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ

The last few pages include some notes and comments by an unidentified editor, writing in India. Lacking the final folio. F1a: a) Signature of D.O. Dyce. b) Written twice and deliberately scrawled over in both cases: D.O. Dyce From Her Highness the Begum Sombre Xmas 1823. c) Pencilled signature of David Ochterlony Dyce in Latin and Arabic script. d) Two impressions of an rounded oblong Arabic-script seal of David Ochterlony Dyce, dated 1828, one of them scrawled over. e) Two impressions of a rectangular Arabic script seal of David Ochterlony Dyce, also dated 1828. Final surviving folio, verso: impression of the seal described under e) above. Richly illuminated initial opening. Gold margins and dividing panels, the latter filled with stencilled floral decoration, coloured in on the first few pages.

Incipit: Ala ya ahhuha 'l-saqi
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 265.
There is a notice on David Dyce-Sombre in Buckland. There is also a recent biography.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 378 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12


9 lines on a page in double column




Red leather Indian binding with blind-tooled and gilt-painted decoration. The spine a replacement.


Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance uncertain. Possibly David Ochterlony Dyce-Sombre,


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