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Isabelle Le Masne de Chermont, Directeur
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58, rue Richelieu, 75084 Paris Cedex 02
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Paris
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+33 (0)1 53 79 83 22
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Last updated by:
charles
Date last updated:
2013-02-17 22:45
 
Public Notes
The Bibliotheque nationale de France holds a large and important collection of copies of Firdausi's Shahnama. These have been catalogued by E. Blochet, Catalogue des manuscrits persans de la Bibliotheque nationale, vol. III, Paris, 1928, and, so far as the illustrated manuscripts are concerned, by the same author's series of articles, Les peintures des manuscrits orientaux de la Bibliotheque nationale, Paris, 1914-1920. More recently, many of the illustrated mss have been presented by Francis Richard, Les splendeurs persanes. Manuscrits du XIIe au XVIIe siecle, Paris, 1997. A general account of the formation of the earliest oriental collections is given by the same author's Le livre persan, Paris, 2003, pp. 7-23: Le Supplement persan: l'acquisition de manuscrits par le departement des Manuscrits de 1739 a nos jours. The Shahnama Project has also benefited greatly from Fr. Richard's expert help, and from his unpublished catalogue notes.

Work on the collection was begun by Christine van Ruymbeke (CvR), continued by Firuza Abdullaeva (FA) and completed by Charles Melville (ChM).

The images from the Shahnama manuscripts have been supplied by arrangement with the Bibliotheque nationale in such a way that clicking on the thumbnails to obtain a larger image provides access directly to the BNF's own website presentation of the manuscripts and their paintings, from which copies may be ordered, etc. We are grateful to Monique Cohen for first setting this scheme in motion, and to Thierry Delcourt for ensuring its eventual completion. We also thank Matthieu Bonicel for his technical assistance and collaboration.

Project Notes
 
 
ms. Suppl. persan 1946
(1330)
0 images
ms. Suppl. persan 1443
(1423)
25 images
ms. Suppl. persan 493
(1441)
72 images
ms. Suppl. persan 494
(1444)
25 images
ms. Suppl. persan 1280
(1490)
54 images
ms. Persan 228
(1490)
11 images
ms. Suppl. persan 489 (2nd part)
(1520)
9 images
ms. Suppl. persan 489 (1st part)
(1546)
88 images
ms. Suppl. persan 2113
(1567)
37 images
ms. Suppl. persan 492
(1596)
26 images
ms. Suppl. persan 2137
(C15th)
2 images
ms. Suppl. persan 490
(1604)
61 images
ms. Suppl. persan 1307
(1614)
30 images
ms. Suppl. persan 491
(1618)
59 images
ms. Suppl. persan 1122
(C16th)
57 images
ms. Suppl. turc 326
(C16th)
24 images
ms. Suppl. persan 2169
(1789)
23 images
ms. Suppl. persan 2182
(C17th)
7 images
ms. Smith-Lesouef 248
(C17th)
63 images
ms. Smith-Lesouef 244
(C17th)
19 images
ms. Smith-Lesouef 224
(C17th)
44 images
ms. Smith-Lesouef 238
(1838)
87 images
ms. Smith-Lesouef 222
(C18th)
67 images
ms. Suppl. persan 1027
(C18th)
18 images
ms. Suppl. persan 1256
(C19th)
8 images