Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 2780 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Contents

4 works by 3 authors on the subject of Persian poetry 747-1500

1. ff. 1-40

The history of Garshāsp, the hero of Sistan (Iran and Afghanistan), written in imitations of the Shāhnamah ( شاهنامه ) of Firdawsī

Language(s): Persian

Garshāsp visiting the Brahmans on the mountain of Sarandib.

Garshāsp looking at demons on the Island of Kadkīr.

Garshāsp demonstrating his hunting prowess to Ẓuḥḥāk by seizing a stag by his antlers.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1895, no 201.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 39-40.
2. ff. 41-132

A rhymed history of Chinggis Khān, 1162-1227 and his successors down to 738

The copy is dated 14th Rajab 800

Language(s): Persian

The Mongols leaving the valley of Irgene Kun where they had taken refuge for 400 years from the Tatars.

Chingīz Khān fighting the Chinese in the mountains.

Chingīz Khān in the pulpit in the mosque at Bukhara where the people were assembled for the festival prayers, calling himself the scourge of God. He said he was sent to punish the nation for its sins.

The Caliph, al-Musta'ṣim, brought before Hūlāgū Khān.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1895, no 201.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 39-40.
3. ff. 134-187

A poem treating the wars of Bahman with the heroes of Sīstān, and especially with Āz̲arbarzīn, son of Farāmurz

The copy is dated 14th Rabī‘ I 800

Language(s): Persian

Bahman watching Farāmurz being hanged, burned and shot with arrows.

Bahman looking at the bodies of Rustam, Sām, Narīmān, and Garshāsp in their coffins.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1895, no 201.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 39-40.
4. ff. 134-187
Language(s): Persian

Ṭaihūr riding in procession through the streets of Hamdān (? Samdān in the Yemen).

A warrior on Mt. Damavand.

References

For a more detailed description see Rieu 1895, no 201.
For a more detailed description see Titley 1977, page 39-40.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 243 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 25.4 × 16.5

Layout

Hand(s)

Persian naskh

Decoration

Rich double-page ʿunwāns of the most highly finished style

Gold headings

11 miniatures

3 illuminations

Additions:

Part of this manuscript is in Chester Beatty Library

History

Origin: Safar 800 AH

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on Ch. Rieu: Supplement to the Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 1895

Availability

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Funding of Cataloguing

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