Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 265

Title:

Kitāb Tārīkh al-Waṣṣāf al-musammá bi-Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-Aʻṣār,[922. i.e 1516].كتاب تاريخ الوصاف المسمى بتجزية الامصار وتجزية الاعصار,[922ه, 1516م].

Author:

Vaṣṣāf al-Ḥaz̤rat, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Faz̤l Allāh,1264 or 5-1329?.وصاف الحضرة، عبد الله بن فضل الله

Place/Date of Production:

[Gjirokastër,1516].

Size:

296 leaves :paper ;250 x 180 (200 x 120) mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of Vaṣṣāf's Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tajziyat al-aʻṣār, a history of the Īlkhāns intended as a continuation of ʻAlāʼ al-Dīn ʻAṭā Malik Juvaynī's (d.1283) Tārīkh-i Jahāngushā (Jahān-gushāy) and renowned for its form and style. Five volumes (mujallad) in one. Contents listing appears on lower flyleaf (p.608).

Other Title(s):

Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-Aʻṣārتجزية الامصار وتجزية الاعصارEdge title (tail):تاريخ وصاف

Subject(s):

Mongols--Iran--History--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ilkhanid dynasty--History--Early works to 1800.
Iran--History--640-1500--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Persian.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.11) where the entry for this work from Kashf al-ẓunūn has been transcribed.

Incipit:

"حمد و ستايشى كه انوار اخلاصش آفاق و انفس را چون فاتحۀ صبح صادق متلالى سازد ..."

Explicit:

"توفيق در افاضت احسان كه كفيل عمر ثانيست لا يزال روزگار دولتيار مخدوم جهانيانر اگر امت باد شعر وهذا دعاء لو سكت كفيته لاني سألت الله قبل [فيك] وقد فعل والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على رسول الله محمد وآله الطيبين"

Colophon:

[mujallad 2] "Scribal, triangular and rectangular, in Arabic, reads: "قد تم المجلد الثاني ويتلوه المجلد الثالث كما يتلو المثاني المثالث فى يوم العشرين من شهر رمضان سنة احدى وعشرين وتسعمائة اللهم صل على سيدنا ونبينا محمد ... يا غفار يا جبار" ; [mujallad 5] "Scribal," triangular, in Arabic, reads: "ثم تم ... تم هذا المجلد الخامس من الكتاب الذي هو دستور الكتاب وليس له نظير عند العاقل البصير والعالم الخرير بمن من من ويمن بمن آمن بارسال الذي انزل عليه القرآن وتوفيق الله الذي لا يشغله شان عن شان ولا يحتاج الى الزمان والمكان ونور قلوب احبائه بنور الفرقان واسكنهم فراديس الجنان تعالى شانه اتفق الفراغ من نظم زمر لآ لى [؟] الفضل في سلك التحرير بمدينه اركرو قصرى خلد الله تعالى ملك مالكها في اليوم السبت في اواسط شهر رجب المرجب سنه اثنى وعشرين وتسعمائة على يد علي بن اسماعيل بن حمزه غفر الله لهم ولجميع المسلمين والمسلمات والمؤمنين والمؤمنات الاحياء والاموات ورحم الله لمن دعا لمصنفه ولكاتبه لصاحبه بالخير ولمن قال آمين تم تم"

Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

v, II (4), V+1 (15), 3 V(45), V+1 (56), 4 V(96), V-1 (105), 6 V(165), V+1 (176), 10 V(276), 2 IV(292), II (296), iii ; chiefly quinions ; several added leaves at opening and close of codex left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).

Layout:

Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh-nastaʻlīq (talik) ; at least two distinct Turkish / Caucasian hands ; mainly in a clear naskh-nastaʻlīq (talik), compact and serifless, quite rounded, with only slight effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated) and some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing (for two and three dots) in conjoined dots, point of final nūn usually joined with bowl ; headings in a serifed script reminiscent of riqāʻ with leftward tail on free-standing alif ; opening replacement leaves (pp.11-18) in a nastaʻlīq (talik) of thinner line, quite open and elongated in the horizontal, with pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.

Decoration:

Keywords, headings, abbreviation symbols, etc. rubricated ; incipit and facing page surrounded by frame consisting of gold band flanked by black fillets ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas, three commas, etc. in red.

Support:

non-European (perhaps Arab) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines possibly grouped in threes (see p.432, 433, etc.) with 10-12 mm. between chains and 35-46 mm. between groups, thin, crisp and transluscent though sturdy, extremely well-burnished to glossy, numerous repairs (even used of marbled paper, see p.19) ; replacement leaves (pp.11-18) on European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 25 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of scrollwork / coat of arms with three bars (see p.14, 16, etc. and compare Armoiries (16) A. Indéterminées dated 1673-1717 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans), sturdy and well-burnished ; flyleaves and leaves set between mujallads in other European laid papers, one type with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 27 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of crown-star-crescent (see p.10, 608), another crown-star-crescent (see p.606) and anchor in circle (see p.118) watermarks also appear.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather, with light brown leather over spine (rebacked) ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in pale green laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted mandorla with orange recessed onlays (filled with vegetal decoration reminiscent of Déroche class. NSd 7) with gold-tooled rosette accents (pendants, etc.) and gold-tooled border ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and pink, fair condition ; overall in poor condition with entire flap lost, significant abrasion, lifting and some losses of leather, etc. ; appears to have been repaired (covers reattached) with once upper cover now lower cover ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip with handwritten text in script reminiscent of Greek alphabet (between pp.134-135).

Former Shelfmarks:

"454 T. De M." [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis] in pencil on lower flyleaf (p.607).

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.218, transcription of second volume completed 20 Ramaḍān 921 [ca. 28 October 1515]. As appears in colophon on p.601, copied by ʻAlī ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Ḥamzah in the city of "اركروقصرى" (i.e. Eğri Kasri, Gjirokastra, Gjirokastër in Albania) with transcription of fifth volume completed mid-Rajab 922 [August 1516].

Ownership and History:

Possible former inventory mark or price at head of 'title page' (p.11) ; oval seal impression on 'title page' (p.11) in name of al-Sayyid Muḥammad Nabīl, dated 1269? [1852 or 3] ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.11) reads "من كتب الفقير موسى زاده [؟] محمد عبيد الله غفر لهما" ; circular seal impression at opening and close of each section (p.116, 119, 218, 219, 341, 345, 549, 601) in name of one Halil (خليل بن الفقير ...؟) ; numerous glosses, notabilia (side-heads), and marginal corrections ; collation marks (often cut off) in the form of "بلغ" (see p.251, etc.).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

04 ʻAlī ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Ḥamzah, fl. 1516, scribe. 04 علي ابن اسماعيل ابن حمزة, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

05 Muḥammad Nabīl, fl. 1852 or 3, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 05 محمد نبيل، مالك سابق.

Related Works:

Tārīkh-i Vaṣṣāfتاريخ وصاف

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

References:

Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 161 ff.Pfeiffer, J. "'A turgid history of the Mongol empire in Persia:' espistimological reflections concerning a critical edition of Vaṣṣāf's Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tajziyat al-aʻṣār." In Theoretical approaches to the transmission and edition of Oriental manuscripts. Proceedings of a symposium held in Istanbul, March 28-30, 2001. Ed. Judith Peiffer, Manfred Kropp. Beirut: Ergon verlag Würzburg in Kommission, 2007 : 107-123.Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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