Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 268. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ

F1a, slip: Presented by Sir George Staunton Bart.Feb 7. 1824. The name printed, the remainder handwritten. Bound in towards the end: a) A note recording the birth of a son on Sunday 4 Dhu 'l-Qa'dah 1172, and omens taken from the Qur'an in connection with the birth. b) Two narrow slips with square grids filled with numbers, probably magic squares, etc. c) A third similar slip is inserted loose. Bound in after the colophon: a) A copy of the Pandnamah supposedly of Sa'di (10 ff.), the first recto covered with assorted prayers, verses, etc. b) A folio containing copies of two letters, trimmed off at the edges, concerned with the shipment of goods. The ports of Hugli and Chinapatan mentioned. Margins, dividing panels and the final verses of poems in red. Illuminated panel above opening of text.

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


As for Codrington/Reade Nos 264 and 265.
This is Morley Handwritten Catalogue No 198. Some later hand has erroneously added to the entry there.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 175 folios
Dimensions (leaf):


15 lines to the page in double column


English half leather and marbled paper binding.


Origin: 22 Jumada II A.H. 1151 (7 September 1738).

Provenance and Acquisition

Presented by Sir George Staunton.


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