Isl. Ms. 436


[Qaṣāʼid-i Jāmī ... etc.,962, i.e. 1555].[قصائد جامى ... الخ,962ه, 1555م].



Place/Date of Production:



23 leaves :paper ;375 x 145 (288 x 90) mm. bound to 382 x 150 mm.


Elegant copy of a selection of poems by Jāmī (d.1492) in Persian and Arabic with interlinear commentary / elucidation in Persian and occasional added elucidation in Turkish.

Other Title(s):

Poems.Selectionsديوان.منتخباتقصاید جامی


Persian poetry--747-1500.
Calligraphy, Persian--Specimens.
Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Persian, Arabic and Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"[بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم اعظم اسماء علیم حکیم] محترمان حرم انس را کوس شه خالی و بانک غافلش دردسرست تازه حدیثیست ز عهد قدیم ..."


"جامی ارباب و فاجر زه عشقس نروند جوهر خود می شناس ار در وجودت جوهر است سر مبادت کرا زین رآه قدم بار کشی"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تمت الكتاب المجموع في اواسط ذي الحجة المبارك كتبه [كذا] عن يد الضعيف النحيف المحتاج الى رحمة الله تعالى غفر الله ذنوبه سفير على بن خداوردى الكفوى في تاريخ سنه ٩٦٢ تم"


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Physical Details:

i, III-1 (5), 3 III(23), i ; catchwords present.


Written mainly in 3 hemistiches (in six lines) alternating with 5-7 lines of Persian commentary / elucidation per page, all on the diagonal ; occasionally additional lines appear in the accent pieces of the opposite outer corners.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; large, elegant Crimean [?] hand ; serifless with characteristic elongation of horizontal strokes, effect of words descending to baseline, etc.


Written area surrounded by frame consisting of a series of gold bands outlined in black fillets with additional colored bands and rules (in green, blue, red) ; triangular accent pieces appear in opposite corners of the written area, for opening leaves contain text in white (nearly lost) on a gold ground with arabesque border in blue or green, but mainly contain chī cloud or arabesque design in black, red, etc. on gold ground with arabesque border in blue, green, black, etc. ; elucidation (Persian) often rubricated or in green ; textual dividers in the form of gold rosettes with blue, red, or green accents ; text of incipit page set off by cloud-bands in red lines ; margins of incipit and facing page gold-flecked.


European laid paper with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced roughly 30 mm. apart and watermark of anchor (two line) in circle with six-pointed star above, mainly cream in color (a few leaves tinted pale yellow), quite sturdy though transluscent, burnished ; one bifolium marbled (blue and white) on only one surface.


Pasteboards covered in purplish maroon cloth with brown leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in pinkish paper with red fibers ; sewn in white thread, six stations, apparently over two wide tapes ; overall in fairly good condition with only minor abrasion, small split in spine leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"120 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.


As appears in colophon at close, copy executed by Safr ʻAlī ibn Khudāwirdī al-Kaffawī (Sefer Ali bin Hüdaverdi el-Kefevî) with transcription completed mid-Dhū al-Ḥijjah 962 [October-November 1555].

Ownership and History:

Several former owners' marks on 'title page' (recto of leaf carrying incipit page), some fully or partially effaced, including nearly effaced statement in name of one Mehmet (Muḥammad / محمد) accompanied by octagonal seal impression (also appears near colophon at close) as well as a possible gift statement dated 10 Ṣafar [?] 1310 [ca. 3 September? 1892] accompanied by oval seal impression in name of Ahmet Halil bin Bekir (Aḥmad Khalīl ibn Bakr / احمد خليل بن بكر ) ; interlinear and marginal glosses ; another effaced ownership statement on verso of final leaf.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


05 Sefer Ali bin Hüdaverdi el-Kefevî, fl. 1555, scribe, calligrapher. 05 سفر على بن خداوردى الكفوى, ناسخ, خطاط.

Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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