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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 44 - [Ghazals]    Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: LJS 44 - [Ghazals]
[India], [before 1756]
Physical description:
351 leaves : paper ; 208 x 116 (132 x 68) mm. bound to 208 x 130 mm.
Collection of ghazals (love poems) and rubāʻīyāt (quatrains). Sparse marginalia, sometimes enclosed by a compartment outside the text block border.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Paper, i + 351 + ii; 1⁶ 2¹⁰(-1) 3⁶ 4⁸ 5⁶ 6¹⁰(-1) 7⁶ 8¹⁰(-1) 9-12⁸ 13⁶ 14¹⁰(-1) 15-29⁸ 30⁸(-1) 31⁸ 32⁶ 33⁸(-1) 34⁶ 35⁸ 36⁸(-1) 37¹⁰(-1) 38⁶ 39-40⁸ 41⁸(-1) 42-43⁸ 44⁶ 45⁸(-1) 46¹⁰(-1). Diagonal catchwords on each leaf, lower left verso.
Layout: Written mostly in 2 columns of 14 lines alternating between horizontal and diagonal, a few pages with long lines instead; text block framed in ink.
Script: Written in nastaʻlīq and shikasta script in the hand of Muḥammad ibn Walad Qāsim ibn Mawlānā Muḥammad Riḍā (f. 351r).
Decoration: 3 illuminated headpieces (f. 1v, 18v, 339v); small illuminations in gold and red in the corners of text compartments throughout; text block framed by gilt filet and a blue ink border; leaf surfaces flecked with silver.
Binding: Contemporary (18th-century) morocco with gilt medallions and envelope flap; no spine, covers detached.
Origin: Written in India before 1756 or 1757 (date of 1170 A.H. in ownership stamp, f. 1r).
Cite as:
UPenn LJS 44.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 44
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