The manuscript has been described by B.W. Robinson, 'Two illustrated manuscripts in the Malek Library, Tehran' . He describes the binding as contemporary with the manuscript, of dark leather; the outer faces lightly tooled with arabesque medallions containing designs of animals. The doublures are decorated with bold leather cutout work of medallions, pendants and corner pieces. Robinson compares the binding with that of the Shahnama in Oxford, Bodleian ms. Pers. c. 4 (dated 1448).
Robinson identified the ms. as originating in Transoxiana. One notable feature of the illustrations of the ms. are the six paintings in the body of the preface, depicting rulers of the different dynasties; these he describes as being of 'second-rate Bukhara work'. The main illustrations of the text itself, however, are strong and have large figures, generally only those essential to the story. Robinson notes that Rustam appears in his babr-i bayan, but not in his distinctive helmet.
Two rosettes are found on ff. 1v and 2r, the first containing a bismillah (not a dedication to a certain Sultan Salim, as believed by Robinson), and the second has two seated figures. Illuminated unvans are found at the start of the preface (the older, Abu Mansuri version) and the poem itself.
Robinson links the ms. with Shahnamas in the Topkapi Saray, Istanbul, H. 1509 and the Institute of Oriental Studies, St Petersburg, C. 822. These associations, with particular reference to the painting of the 'Ship of Faith' in the prologue, have recently been discussed further by Raya Shani.
Some details of the ms. still need to be clarified, including the correct pagination. The ms. was briefly inspected by Ch. M. in 200X. A list of illustrations and other details has kindly been provided by Said Khoddari Naini; images of most of the paintings were kindly made available in April 2009.