Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 843 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Asian and African Studies India Office Manuscripts

Kullīyāt of Sa‘dī کلّیات سعدی

Contents

16 works by Sa‘dī on the subject of Persian poetry

1. ff. 2v-3v
Title: Preface
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
2. ff. 4r-34r
Title: Rasā’il
Title: رسائل

Hanging of Barsisa, a Jewish physician, before the King. 14 × 11 cm. .

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
3. ff. 34v-92r
Title: Gulistān

The King in his ship watches his Persian slave being pulled on board. the ship is based on a European ship of the period, with three masts and cannon at the port-holes. The King bears a certain resemblance to 'Abbas I. 23 × 16.5 cm. .

Nushirwan, attended, drinking in a tent while his horses are groomed behind. Village in the background. 13.5 × 11.5 cm. .

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
4. ff. 92v-175r
Title: Būstān

Mi'raj: the Prophet, veiled, approaching Leo, led by Gabriel with a green banner and Israfil with the 7-fold trumpet: stars and fine clouds. 14 × 11 cm. .

The generous man visiting the debtor in prison. 14 × 11 cm. .

Landscape with dervishes and a man caught by a lion in the centre foreground. 13.5 × 11 cm. .

Quarrel among dervishes in a landscape. 14 × 11 cm. .

Battle-scene outside a town. 15.5 × 11 cm. .

A learned discussion. 13 × 11 cm. .

Zulaykha attempts to detain Yusuf in her house of idols: Potiphar stands by. 14.5 × 11 cm. .

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
5. ff. 175v-183r
Language(s): Arabic

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
6. ff. 183v-208r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
7. ff. 208r-223r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
8. ff. 223v-372r

Illustration to a ghazal. Prince and page on a balcony: admiring dervishes below. 13 × 11 cm. .

Convivial party in a wine shop. Illustration to a ghazal. 15.5 × 11 cm. .

Young prince and attendants hawking encounter two dervishes. Illustration to a ghazal. 15.5 × 11 cm. .

An assembly of dervishes in a pavilion round an ornamental pond: the leading dervish detains a youth who is about to leave. Illustration to a ghazal. 14 × 11 cm. .

A prince, riding with attendants on a hunting expedition, encounters two dervishes in a landscape, one young, the other bearded. Illustration to a ghazal. 14 × 14.5 cm. .

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
9. ff. 372v-384v
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
10. ff. 384v-389r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
11. ff. 389v-391r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
12. ff. 391r-399r

Gathering of dervishes, one of them leading a young man by the hand under a tree in a landscape. Illustration to one of the Khabithat. 16 × 10.5 cm. .

Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
13. 399r
401v
403r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
14. ff. 399r-405r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
15. ff. 405v-411r
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.
16. ff. 411r-413r
Title: Mufradāt
Language(s): Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Ethe 1903-1937, no 1120.
For a more detailed description see Robinson 1976 , page 144-145.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 414 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 13 × 7.75 in.

Condition

The manuscript has been gauzed throughout

Decoration

Margins and text are gorgeously illuminated on f. 2v, f. 3r, f. 34v, f. 35r, f. 92v, f. 93r f. 175v f. 176r f. 183v f. 184v f. 223v f. 224r f. 372v f. 373r f. 405v f. 406r

Minor embellishments and headings throughout the text

18 miniature paintings conforming to the court style of the time

Double-page court scene within a splendid illuminated border and decorated margins. On 1v is Shah 'Abbas enthroned with courtiers and musicians; on 2r are courtiers and ladies, together with Turkish, Indian and European ambassadors, all on a terrace with a garden behind red railings. Some of the faces slightly blackened. Each half 18.5 × 11 cm. .

Double-page miniature of a royal hunt with a splendid illuminated border and margins. On 413v the prince, evidently intended for Shah 'Abbas, is seated under a tree inspecting the bag. He is surrounded by attendantswith hawks and hunting cheetahs. On 414r the hunt is in progress, the quarry flown, leopard, lion, wild pig and gazelle. Each half 18.5 × 11 cm. .

Binding

Modern red half-morocco binding

History

Origin: Iran; 1034 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on H. Ethé: Catalogue of Persian manuscripts in the Library of the India Office. Oxford, 1903-1937.

Availability

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