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Main Author: Saʻdī.
Language(s): Persian
Published: [1556-1627?]
Subjects: Islamic ethics.
Sufi poetry > Sufi poetry / Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian > Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan > Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan / Ann Arbor.
Note: Gift of Stephen Spaulding.
Colophon states that the copy was made by Ghulām Ghawth in the city of ʻAzīmābād (also known as Patna, capital of the Bihar province of India) in the year one of an unidentifiable Mughul ruler's reign. Although no name is provided for this ruler, an epithet is present, which contains the word "khalīfah"; since only Akbar, Jahangīr, and Shāh Jahan referred to themselves as khalīfahs, it is likely that the text is referring to one of these three emperors. If so, the date of production would be either 1556, 1605, or 1627, which are the dates of the accessions of each of these three kings.
First page of manuscript contains a note in English written by one owner, which reads: "I bought this at the sale of General Carnac's Books: it is the copy which the general lent to Sir WIlliam Jones when employed in compiling his Persian Grammar. A very correct copy." There is also a printed note pasted onto this page with the same information. Seventh page features the title of the work and table of contents hand-written in Latin.
Written in black nastaʻlīq script. Rubricated. Text is bordered with thin blue and red lines.
Reddish-brown soft leather bound codex with simple tooling on upper and lower covers. Binding may not be original; some folios of different paper seem to have been added at the front and back, which have been left blank.
Physical Description: 1 v. ([200]p. ) ; 23.5cm.
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