Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 286. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts

Contents

1 copy of Dīvān-i Mīrzā Faṣīḥī

Second flyleaf, recto: two impressions of the small oval seal of 'the slave of the family of Muhammad, 'Ali, next to the title of the work and the price 15? (rupees presumably). Inside back cover: armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. A collection of Fahihi Hirawi's ghazals. Ruled margins and dividing panels. Some pages brown and blue. Ruled but otherwise blank pages before and after the existing text suggest this is part of a project that was never completed.

Incipit: Khudaya ruzi-yi an khud-parastan saz jannat-ra
Language(s): Persian.

References

For Fasihi Hirawi see the article in Encyclopaedia Iranica.
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: 58 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 12.5 × 7.5 in.

Layout

10 lines to the page, diagonally in double column

Hand(s)

Nasta'liq with some shikastah forms.

Binding

British brown cloth binding, with, stuck on the covers, brown leather panels from an Eastern binding with blind-stamped decoration.

History

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).

Availability

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