Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS. Elliott 408 (Bodleian Library, Oxford University)

Oriental Manuscripts Elliott Collection


1 copy of Farhād u Shīrīn by Alisher Navoiĭ, 1441-1501

Incipit: بحمدک فتح ابواب المعانی
Language(s): Chagatai, Persian

The second mathnawī of Navāʼī's Khamsah. For the other three surviving volumes of a five volume set copied by the same anonymous scribe, see: MS. Elliott 287, MS. Elliott 317, and MS. Elliott 339


Ethé 2117

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 78 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 10¾ × in.



Small, but distinct Nastaʻlīq


Origin: 890 AH; 1485 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The collections of Sir Gore Ouseley.

The collections of John Bardoe Elliott.

Presented to the Bodleian Library by J.B. Elliott, in 1859.

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on: Beeston, A. F. L. (Alfred Felix Landon); Ethé, Hermann, 1844-1917.; Sachau, Eduard, 1845-1930; Catalogue of the Persian, Turkish, Hindûstânî, and Pushtû manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford; at the Clarendon Press 1889-1953


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