RAS Persian 310. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)
10.25 by 6 ins. Several notes on flyleaves. To be completed. Various verses occur on the other blank pages before and after the text, including,on the second blank folio after the text ends, hemistichs supposedly exchanged between Jahangir and Nur Jahan. Consists of 1. Jilwah-i Naz. Ff1b-28a. 2. Maikhanah-i Raz, completed in 1170. Ff29b-123b, the first three pages consisting of a prose introduction. A manuscript of high quality, but not fully completed. The decoration is not fully carried through in that latter part of both poems. Headings in gold, in the earlier part outlined in black on illuminated panels. Gold ruled margins and verse dividers, with some illumination. Richly illuminated initial openings of both mathanwis, the margins of the second one filled with plants in colours. Similar plants in gold in the margins of the earlier parts of both mathnawis, In the second one similar flowers are pencilled in on the margins of a further section. They have evidently been produced with the aid of pounces or stencils, preparatory to the application of the gold. Scribe is the author himself.
15 lines to the page in two columns
Brown leather English binding with tooled and blind-tooled decoration. Bound from the Carnegie U.K. Trust grant, 1929.
Provenance and Acquisition
Provenance: Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Doyle.