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Abū-Muhammad Muslih al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī,

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Persia, ca 1847
Persia, ca 1847

A Persian manuscript on paper, of Qagar Khorasan provenance, dated at the year AH 1263 (1847). Average leaf dimensions: 205 x 135 mm; text panel measurements: 175 x 90 mm. Text written down in a wondrous nastaliq calligraphy, arranged on a 19-line double column and drawn in black ink with rubricated titles and surrounded by a commentary that has been written obliquely. The manuscript consists of 336 leaves, and is complete. The first quires are made up of leaves of different colours, all others are in gold-sprayed paper. The text includes all the world of Saadi, that is, in order: 1. Golestan (leaves 1v.-57v.), 2. Bustan (58r.-144r.) followed by the 'pure' poetic compositions, subdivided by metric genre' 3. Target (144v-151r.), 4. Kebab-e Qasa id-e Farsi, namely the 'Book of the odes' (151r.-184v.), 5. Gazaliyyat, along with the Motayebat (185r-269v.), 6. Bada i (269r.-305r.), 7. Havatim (305v-391r.), 8. Gazaliyyat-e radium (319r.-336v.), which also contains the 'Quatrains'. The text is articulated in a slightly different way from the canonical distribution of the Kolliyat of Saadi, although it respects the distributions and the consecutive order of the meters. The marginal text consists of compositions of Saadi, metrically consistent with the place they occupy in the codex. Having been considered less significant, such poems were literally marginalised; still they have been copied in any case. This manuscript is in very good condition. Saadi, was one of the major Persian poets of the medieval period. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries, but has also been quoted in western sources. He is recognised for the quality of his writings and for the depth of his social and moral thoughts.

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