Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 278. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Subhat al-Abrar by Jāmī, 1414-1492

F1a: This book was purchased at Sarungaputtun in July 1799 by David Price. Secind flyleaf: a) Note dated 1 Ramadan 1010 (23 February 1602) recording the gift of the book to Sadr al-Din? ... Muhammad as a reward for fasting. b) Note of ownersip by Sadr al-Din Muhammad b. Amir Qasim al-Isfahani. c) Notes recording the birth of children dated A.H. 1040, 1047, 1061, 1069, 1073. Final folion verso: Note recording the birth of ? Sultan on 10 Sha'ban 979 (28 December 1571) . Ruled margins and dividing panels. Headings in red. Illuminated panel over beginning of text.

Incipit: Al-minnatu lillah kih gar bi-khun khuftam
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 276.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 137 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 7.5


11 lines to the page in double column




Lacquered Persian binding with, on the front, a scene showing the presentation of a book to an enthroned princely figure while musicians play and dance, and, on the back, horeseman shooting arrows at a target on the top of a tall mask to the accompaniment of drummers. Many of the figures wear the tall early Safavid taj. The inside covers decorated with designs of birds and flowers in gold, red and black. Flap and back with tooling, probably later additions. Kept in a modern case. Some fragments from the old binding in the same box.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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