IO Islamic 843 (St. Pancras, British Library)
Asian and African Studies India Office Manuscripts
Kullīyāt of Sa‘dī کلّیات سعدی
16 works by Sa‘dī on the subject of Persian poetry
Hanging of Barsisa, a Jewish physician, before the King. 14 × 11 cm. .
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. .
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. .
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. .
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. .
The manuscript has been gauzed throughout
Scribe is recorded as Maḥmūd al-Kātib Shīrāzī عبد المنعم العلوىمحمود الکاتب شیرازی
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. .
Modern red half-morocco binding
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