Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

RAS Persian 304. (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

According to a note in gold on f416a the MS was collated with a copy in the hand of the author. F1a: note of ownership of 'Abd al-'Aziz by the impression of a small round seal. Ff416b-418b contain a short devotional mathnawi. Third flyleaf, recto: armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. (For the heraldic details see Robinson, pp. 27-8.) Ruled margins and dividing panels. Headings in gold. Illuminated initial opening. Eight miniatures in commercial Turkman style.

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


As for Codrington/Reade No 303.
The MS is described in Norah Titley's 'Two illustrated manuscripts in the South Persian style of the fifteenth century', in The Royal Asiatic Society: its History and Treasures', pp. 103-9. Here the donor is mistakenly, but understandably, identified with a later laird of Buthlaw, Patrick Pirie Gordon, who had been General Manager of the East Bengal Railway from about 1857 to 1862. Also B.W. Robinson, Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society. pp. 27-9, where the donor is correctly identified. General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Persian 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: 218 folios
Dimensions (leaf): 7.75 × 4.5 in.


12 lines to the page in double column




Bound in 1929 in a dark blue half-leather tooled binding, from the Carnegie Trust U.K. grant.


Origin: Presumably Shiraz. C. 1490. (So Titley and Robinson)

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequeathed by General Thomas Gordon (of Buthlaw).


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