Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 297. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Kullīyāt-i Khāqānī by Khāqānī, Afz̤al al-Dīn Shirvānī, ca. 1126-1198 or 9

(The prose preface to the Tuhfat al-'Iraqain, the verse of which appears to be lacking.) F1a: a) Signature of David Price 1794. b) Note of acquisition from Hajji Kazim. c) Obscure note dated 2 Dhu 'l-Qa'dah regnal year 3. Comprises the qasidahs, tbe muqatta'at, and the diwan. A manuscript of high quality. Ruled margins and dividing panels in gold and colours, the panels filled with floral scrolls on a gold background. Headings in white outlined with black. Twelve pages of particularly rich illumination, at the beginning and the openings of sections of the work. The first two, preceding the illumination title opening have lively scenes of princely hunting and hawking, presumably Safavid and from the earlier part of the sixteenth century. Nearly all the figures wear the taj with the tall baton. These miniatures are not in Robinson's catalogue.
Incipit: Incipit, illuminated page: Khair ma i'tasama al-mar' bih[ib]alihi
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 295.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 416 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 14


Some damage from damp. The inner margins have been replaced.


17 lines to the page, mostly in two columns


Nasta'liq. Shah Muhammad al-Katib


Blue leather binding with tooled title etc, Carnegie U.K. Trust grant 1929.


Origin: First half of the 16th century.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by Major David Price.


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