The second half of the 'Big Head' Shahnama, the first half of which is currently in the Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi, Istanbul (ms. 1978). There is no sign of any continuous pagination across the two volumes: the University Library volume starts on f. 1r with incipit at Mohl 14:202.
A brief description kindly provided by Prof. David Roxburgh, from notes made in 1993, including the list of images, has been updated from the study of the MS in digital format in the Library by CM & FA in September 2015, along with a very brief inspection of the MS itself by CM in December 2015 and in more detail in February 2016.
Outside front and back covers are late replacements: cardboard covered with purple paper, and gilt border of flowers and leaves. Doublure of green paper. Plain spine, no flap.The text is in black nasta'liq, with purple/magenta rubrics. The text block is set within black and gold rulings: Blue - 2 thin black - thick gold - space - 2 thin black with gold. Columns: 2 x two thin black with gold. Rubrics: 2 thin black with gold, no infill. Headings in riqa', range of deep blues, magenta, greys.
The paper is thick, burnished and has very few worm holes in the later part of the MS. It is a substantial and handsome volume and in good overall repair.
There is some disturbance of the folios; for example, folio 16 should be followed by folio 2, folio 296 should be followed by folio 298 and folio 303 should be followed by folio 297. The catchwords in place make it straightforward to rectify the disturbance, and suggest that two folios are missing altogether.
See also under 'Dispersed' manuscripts.