Isl. Ms. 159


[Muntakhab-i dīvān-i ʻUrfī Shīrāzī,early 17th century].[منتخب ديوان عرفى شيرازى,اوائل القرن 17م].


ʻUrfī Shīrāzī, Muḥammad,1555 or 6-1590 or 91.عرفي شيرازي، محمد.

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58 leaves :paper ;199 x 127 (125-145 x 65-77) mm.


Fine copy of a selection of poems from the dīvān of ʻUrfī Shīrāzī, namely qaṣāʼid and ghazalīyāt. Accompanied by excerpts from other works and poems, as well a partial table of contents for a different work.

Other Title(s):

Poems.SelectionsTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.13):ديوان عرفيتديوانۀ عرفى


Persian poetry--1500-1796.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. composite codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


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1. p.1-p.8 : [assorted excerpts, including partial table of contents].
2. p.9-p.12 : [Qaṣāʼid] / ʻUrfī Shīrāzī.
3. p.13-p.92 : [Ghazalīyāt] / ʻUrfī Shīrāzī.
4. p.94-p.114 : [Qaṣāʼid, also of ʻUrfī Shīrāzī ?, not appearing in the edition of Javāhirī].
5. p.115 : [partial table of contents].

Physical Details:

i, I+1 (3), I (5), 3 V(35), V+1 (46), IV (54), II (58), i ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves ; skips two pages between pp.78-79).


Written mainly in 15 lines per page with written area divided to two columns, final line of each ghazal centered ; pp.94-114, written in roughly 12 lines per page with written area divided to set off four lines on the diagonal (two in each column), two lines at the center of the panel (one in each column), and two lines running vertically ; frame-ruled.


Mainly nastaʻlīq, sans serif with characteristic descent of words to baseline, superscript of final words and letters at end of many lines, characteristic letterforms , some contrast in thickness of horizontal and vertical strokes and horizontal strokes often elongated ; various excerpts (including odd leaves, likely incorporated as part of repairs/reinforcements, carrying table of contents for a different work) in naskh-nastaʻlīq.


Some headings and keywords rubricated ; written area (including divided panels) of p.94-p.114 surrounded by gilt frame.


European and non-European laid paper ; European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), watermarks include crossbow in circle with trefoil above (compare Piccard 123860) and symbol looking like a lantern with A (compare countermark in Piccard 123862) in circle, some leaves tinted shades of light green or yellow, quite thin, transluscent, and crisp ; pp.94-114 in non-European laid paper (likely pre-1650, 17th century Persian) with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), no chain lines visible, and whole fibers visible ; flyleaves/pastedowns in European laid paper with crown star crescent watermark ; staining and tide lines ; some fire damage.


Pasteboards (quite thin, approaching semi-limp) covered in combed marbled paper (salmon, blue, etc.) with dark red-brown leather over spine and edges/turn-ins ; Type III binding (without flap) ; pastedowns/flyleaves in European laid paper ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; only traces of primaries remain from worked endbands ; overal in poor condition with significant abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, moisture damage, delamination of boards, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 33. Ghazals of Urfi, etc."


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests early 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 33. Ghazals of Urfi, etc." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "475" in Western numerals on opening leaf (p.1) ; on paper (blue-tinted) pasted on opening leaf (p.1), as well as on 'title page' (p.14), a detailed waqf statement in the name of al-Sayyid ʻAbd Allāh Adīb (Abdullah Edip), known as Jannatʹzādah (Cennet-zade), qāḍī of Erzurum, accompanied by his seal, reads: "وقفت وقفا صحيحا شرعيا على ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الملتصق بداري الا لعلماء سكنوا بارضروم بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير اليه عز شانه السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; ownership statement on opening leaf (p.1) "صاحب ومالك محمد ..." ; on p.4, ownership statement accompanied by oval seal impression in name of one ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ; oval seal impression (repeated twice) and octagonal seal impression on p.94.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,pp.667-668Kullīyāt-i ʻUrfī Shīrāzī. (ed. Ghulām Ḥusayn Javāhirī Vajdī) Tihrān, 1357 [1978]

Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS, Tiflis Collection

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