Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 287. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Dīvān-i Kalīm

F1a: impression of rectangular Persian seal of Archibald Swinton Rustam Jang Bahadur, dated 1174 (1760-1) and regnal year 2. Inside front cover: armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. Some headings in red.

Incipit: Badal kardam bi-masti 'aqibat zuhd-i riya'i-ra
Language(s): Persian.


Rieu, ii, p. 686.
Ethe, No 1563.
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: 125 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5 × 5.75 in.


17 lines to the page in double column and diagonally on margins


Nasta'liq. Muhammad Shafi'


British brown leather binding with tooled decoration, including, on the spine, a boar beneath a tree, perhaps with some heraldic significance.


Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).


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