Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Or. 4731 (St. Pancras, British Library)

Oriental Manuscripts

Miscellaneous Judaeo-Persian works in verse and prose

Contents

9 works by 7 authors

1. ff 2r-7r

The ‘Stories of the Seven Viziers’ in a Persian metrical version

See Catalogue of the Hebrew MSS. in the Bodleian library, vol ii, p. 416, no. 2906, 2 and Catalogue of the Persian MSS. in the Bodleian Library pt. iii, p. 46, no. 2666, 2.

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
2. ff 25v-35r
135v-143r
Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
3. ff 36v-41r

A paraphrase in mas̲nāvī verse of the Book of Esther

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
4. ff 42v-46r

A didactic poem

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
5. ff 47v-48r

Followed by liturgical pieces in Hebrew 47v-48r

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian and Hebrew

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
6. ff 52v-103r
Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
7. ff 104v-134r

Epic poems on the story of Joshua, apparently part of the Fatḥnāmah, the poetical paraphrase of the Biblical books from Joshua to Kings

See also Or. 2453 item no 2, and Or. 10774

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
8. ff 145v-219v

The story of Barlaam and Josaphat in a Judaeo-Persian metrical version, based on Ben ha-melekh veha-nazir of Abraham ben Samuel ibn Hasdai

See also Or. 4732, Or. 4744 item no 1, Or. 10196, Or. 10711

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.
9. ff 219r-222r

The story of Solomon and the three merchants, in verse

See M. Gaster, The Exempla of the Rabbis, London-Leipzig, 1924, p. 73 (Hebrew section), no, 111-12, and the literary parallels quotes on p. 206

Language(s): Judaeo-Persian

References

For a more detailed description see Meredith-Owens 1968, page 40.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 222 ff
Dimensions (leaf): 22 × 18.5 cm.
Dimensions (written):

History

Origin: 18th-19th century CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on G. M. Meredith-Owens: Handlist of Persian manuscripts 1895-1966. London, 1968, with additional enhancements.

Availability

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