Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 303A. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


1 copy of Mihr va-Mushtarī by ʻAṣṣār Tabrīzī, Muḥammad, d. 1382 or 3

The initial entry is written on the Library copy of Codrington. F1a bears notes and seal impressions showing that the MS was in the Mughal Library, where it was valued at 500 mohurs, from the reign of Akbar. A description of the MS, probably dating from its entry into the Library but partially lost under repairs, states that it had been the property of Bihbud Aqa and was now transferred to Luqman. Seals include those of Abu '-Fath Fathallah, dated 1106 (1694-5) and Karim, dated 1058 (1648-9) and regnal year 22. More could be identified. Check if Seyller dealt with this. Inside front cover: Repaired and re-bound in 1966. Ruled margins. Illuminated headings. Illuminated initial opening, showing a stork at the upper right. Two full-page miniatures in late sixteenth-century Shiraz style. See Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp. 57-8.

Incipit: Bi-nam-i padishah-i 'alam-i 'ishq
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 303.
Also B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society, pp.57-8.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: Folios 186 (So Robinson and on f1a)
Dimensions (leaf): 9.5 × 5.25 in.


14 lines on a page, in double column


White pigskin binding, by the Roger Powell workshop Froxfield (Petersfield), according to Robinson. On this cf. 305a.


Origin: 26 Rabi' II A.H. 980 (5 September 1572).

Provenance and Acquisition

Provenance: R.S. Greenshields.


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