An interesting manuscript, produced in Iran, without images, in the mid Safavid period; it must then have found its way to India, where pictures were added by painting over the text. Unusually, however, this was done very neatly, and the margins redrawn to accommodate the paintings; furthermore, the text that was painted over was reproduced in the margins of the page, in a specially drawn marginal column.
The volume is now bound in red velvet covers, with Shah Namuh (sic) in gold on the spine (which is partly detached). Doublures are of thick European paper, followed by two flyleaves. The manuscript was evidently trimmed for the new covers, and is generally in excellent, almost pristine condition, despite some water staining in parts. The paper is thick and creamy. There is some worm-damage. The catchwords are in place.
The colophon at the end of the Baysunghur Preface (f. 12r) gives the date 1014 AH. The end of the ms. is defective, at least one folio is missing.
The preface to the manuscript is numbered 1-12, and the text of the Shahnama starts again from f. 1v (= 13v). The existing pagination is retained for references to the text, prefaced by 1. for the prose introduction and 2. for the text itself. but the total number of folios in the ms. is thus 551 + 12 (Preface) + 1 (missing at end) + a further folio, incorrectly numbered at f. 223 (sic) which should be 231: total 565.