Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

ms31(o) (University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections, University of St Andrews)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Būstān-i Saʻdī by Saʿdī

Incipit: رب العالمين
Colophon: فدوني نمک پرورده مير علي امجد خان قاضي سرکار ايلور

The poem has 10 sections each dealing with a different topic such as humility, good government, love, wisdom and justice. It begins with panegyrics and the whole is dedicated to Atabak Abubakr Sa'd ibn Zangy (1231-60), the ruler of Shiraz. This copy was written for George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1810), in various Persian scripts, much in minute writing within the large letters and leaves of the design on the scroll.

Language(s): Persian

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 1 scroll
Dimensions (leaf): 114 × 3.5 in.
Dimensions (written):




  • marginalia Marginal notes in
  • orthography
  • paper


roll of paper illuminated in gold


Origin: 12th century AH; 18th century CE

Record Sources

Record based on Handlist held in University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections, with additional enhancements by the Fihrist team


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