Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 269. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

1 copy of Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ

F1a. a) Impression of small square seal of 'Abbas 'Ali al-Husaini, dated 1169 (1755-6). b) Note of purchase for 100 sikkah rupees. F186b. Note of possession by Dhu 'l-Fiqar Beg, wishing for anyone claiming the book to be sent blind. Written twice. Following folio, recto: impression of the same seal as on f1a. Ruled margins and dividing panels. Some final verses in red. Illuminated initial opening. Five miniature paintings, probably Kashmir work. I (f31a), a lover's drinkimg party; 2 (f75a), dervishes dancing; 3 (f98a), alfresco drinking party; 4 (f133a), polo match; 5 (f147a), drinking and reading by a stream.

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

References

As for Codrington/Reade No 265.
General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Persian 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: 192 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5

Layout

14 lines on a page in double column

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq.

Binding

Clumsily bound in after f77a, a piece of paper, evidently from the previous binding, with the armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. Stuck to this is strip of blue paper with on it: Add.Mss No. 23 (Written by Le Strange?) English cloth and marbled paper binding.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).

Availability

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