Complete text bound in four volumes with continuous foliation.It has been trimmed and rebound in plain black leather with a plain spine also; in such a way that there is heavy stress on the paper along the gutter of the volumes, making it difficult to turn the pages (of rather crispy brownish thin paper) and for the paper to lie flat. It is a typical example of the Kashmir production, with the added misfortune that the faces have all been scribbled over, even the faces of the horses.
Rulings: there is an outer margin of a single thin blue line; the text block is ruled in thin blue - space - tomato red - space - two thin black - thick gold - thin black with gold. Columns are 2 x two thin black with gold. The rubrics are in small boxes, 2 thin black with gold, straddling across the central column which has not been erased. The background is plain and the titles are in crimson nasta'liq.
Volume 1 (12/1) starts on f. 1v, with a paisley unvan in pale blue, pink, orange and beige, with the normative start of the poem, and ends on f. 177v, with the end of the story of Furud. There is no colophon date.
Volume 2 (12/2) has blank f. 178r and starts under unvan on f. 178v, with the story of Rustam and the Khaqan-i Chin; it ends on f. 338r with the end of the Great War; again, no date in the colophon. Fol. 338v is blank.
Volume 3 (12/3) has a blank f. 339r and starts under an unvan on f. 339v with the accession of Luhrasp. It ends on f. 506v with Qubad surrendering the throne to Anushirvan, with a colophon dating the completion of daftar three as 13 Dhu'l Hijja 1260 - indicating that it took about 6 weeks to complete the fourth and final volume.
Volume 4 (12/4) starts on f. 507r with a library stamp: Lytton Library and the note of 4 paintings. The text resumes on f. 507v with the reign of Kisra Anushirvan, under an unvan. It ends on f. 629v with a colophon dating the completion of the daftar on 29 Muharram 1261.
The volumes were inspected rather quickly and it is possible that some paintings have been overlooked.