Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

CODRINGTON/READE NO 43. BOX 22. (Library, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland)

Persian Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of Rawdat al-safa. Vols. IV, V. and VI by Mīr Khvānd, Muḥammad ibn Khāvandshāh, 1433-1498

F1 recto: Undated notice of acquisition by Sayyid Muhammad Khairi b. Sayyid Yahya, in Arabic. Impression of oval seal: JMG. By final colophon: impression of JMG's seal, but with the letters effaced. Part of the same work as Codrington/Reade No 29. Double page illluminated initial opening. Illuminated panels above beginning in Vols. V and VI. Illuminated roundels with inscriptions in gold of recto of initial folio of each volume and on the verso of the final folio of Vols IV and V. Ruled margins. Headings etc in gold, red and blue. All of excellent quality.

Incipit: Fihrist i nuskha i sa'adat i abadi
Language(s): Persian.


As for Codrington/Reade No 29.
General Gordon's bequest of books and Turkish, Perian 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: Folios 577
Dimensions (leaf): 13.75 × 10 in.


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Third flyleaf recto, replaced here in the course of repairs to binding, armorial bookplate of Gordon of Buthlaw. Notice: Bound from the Carnegie U.K. Trust Grant. 1929. First end flyleaf verso: attached piece of paper stating that the Raudat al-safa has 68?5 folios, which does not tally with this MS. The number in siyaq notation. Description of the binding, in Persian. Persian verses. Oriental leather binding elaborately decorated with gilt stamps. Inside of covers has a large central panel and border cartouchs with inlaid gold cut-paperwork on variously coloured backgrounds. Of very high quality.


Origin: Probably Persia. Dated A.H. 978 (colophon of Vol. V) and 979 (colophon of Vol. VI). Vol. IV is not dated.

Provenance and Acquisition

Bequest of General Thomas Gordon of Buthlaw.


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