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[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.
Formerly owned by Anwar al-Dawlah, 1170 A.H. (ownership stamp with date of 1756 or 1757, f. 1r) and Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Ghiyāth al-Dīn Manṣūr (inscription, f. 1r).
Formerly owned by Captain Robert Mignan (ms. 20) of the East India Company and Sir Thomas Phillipps (ms. 3920; pencil note on front flyleaf, remnants of label on remnants of spine).
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 25 November 1968, lot 254, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
Gift of Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, 2016.
Related names:
Riḍā, Muḥammad ibn Walad Qāsim ibn Mawlānā Muḥammad, scribe.
Dawlah, Anwar, former owner.
Manṣūr, Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Ghiyāth al-Dīn, former owner.
Mignan, Robert, d. 1852, former owner.
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, former owner.
Schoenberg, Lawrence J., former owner.
Persian poetry - Early works to 1800.
Ghazals, Persian.
Form / Genre:
Illuminated manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Persian - 18th century.
Manuscripts, Digital.
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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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Persian
Century: 18th century
Date: 1756
Genre: Codices
Genre: Illuminated manuscripts
Genre: Manuscripts, Digital
Genre: Manuscripts, Persian - 18th century
Genre: Poems
Subject: Ghazals, Persian
Subject: Persian poetry
Related names: Dawlah, Anwar, former owner
Related names: Manṣūr, Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Ghiyāth al-Dīn, former owner
Related names: Mignan, Robert, d. 1852, former owner
Related names: Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, former owner
Related names: Riḍā, Muḥammad ibn Walad Qāsim ibn Mawlānā Muḥammad, scribe
Page material: Paper