Isl. Ms. 260


Sharḥ-i Divān-i ʻAlī,16th century?].شرح دیوان علی,[قرن 16م؟].


Qāḍī Mīr, Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn al-Dīn,d. 1504 or 5.قاضى مير، حسين بن معين الدين.

Place/Date of Production:



210 leaves ;paper ;250 x 177 (174 x 106) mm.


Fine copy of the commentary by Qāḍī Mīr Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn al-Dīn al-Maybūdī al-Yazdī (d.1504?) on the collection (dīwān) of Arabic poetry attributed to ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (ca. 600-661), opening with the Favātiḥ-i sabʻah.

Other Title(s):

Title from spine label:شرح ديوان على


Arabic poetry--622-750--History and criticism--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib,--Caliph,--ca. 600-661.--Poems.


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.


Persian and Arabic.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5).


"سپاس وسعادة اساس وشكر عبادة لباس معبودى را كه اعلام نبوة وولاية در ميدان فتوة وهداية ..."


"مهما ترى صف عقد من مديحهم في نظمه ود زهر الحق تضمينا"


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Physical Details:

i, I (2), *IV (9), 24 IV(201), IV+1 (210), i ; almost exclusively quaternions ; first two leaves of opening quaternion affixed to each other ; added leaves at opening of codex ruled for table of contents but left blank ; on pp.43-44 area within written area left blank (perhaps for diagrams or illustrations never realized) ; catchwords present ; foliation in red ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and added leaves and skips two pages each between pp.239-240, 237-238, and 267-268).


Written mainly in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq and naskh ; text of sharḥ in nastaʻlīq, excerpts of Arabic poetry being commented upon in naskh ; nastaʻlīq compact with slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, letterforms characteristic of nastaʻlīq ; Persianate naskh mainly serifless, quite vertical and somewhat stiff though descenders are mainly curvilinear, with pointing in distinct dots.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) appears at opening on p.6, consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the basmalah in white, overlaid with arabesque in green, surrounded by further vegetal decoration in gold, pink, blue, yellow, green, etc. on a field of lapis lazuli, and surounded by decorative band with blue crosses on a field of white and band of interlace in gold ; surmounted by another narrow rectangular piece containing similar vegetal design evoking arabesque on a field of lapis lazuli and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; keywords, abbreviation symbols, and text being commented upon in rubricated (light and dark red) ; textual dividers in the form inverted commas, letter hāʼ, etc. in red ; written area throughout surrounded by frame consisting of gold band flanked by black fillets with outermost blue rule (frame on incipit and facing page includes additional gold band) ; occasional diagrams in red and black (see p.20, 57, 87).


non-European (Persian) laid paper mainly with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and no chain lines clearly visible, well-burnished to glossy, sturdy, transluscent, medium to dark cream in color ; toward close another crisp type with many inclusions (see p.387 to close) ; flyleaves in European laid paper (surface-dyed lavender and gold-flecked) ; added leaves at opening on European laid paper with watermarks of eagle, "GFA" and lion rampant in arms (see pp.1-4) ; staining and tide lines.


Pasteboards covered in dark maroon leather with black leather over spine, fore edge flap, and edges/turn-ins (likely repairs) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in dark brown leather with central gold-painted four-lobed floral motif ; fore edge flap lined in green silk ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration, compare Déroche OAi 6), pendants, and corner pieces, along with gold-painted border ; sewn in dark green-blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in brown and cream (head) and dark green and cream (tail), fair condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with notes (paginated pp.17-18) -- b. Blank slip (paginated pp.53-54) -- c. Slip with notes (paginated pp.99-100).

Former Shelfmarks:

"١٢٦" possible former inventory mark on recto of front flyleaf ; "331 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; decoration, paper, etc. may suggest 16th century ; authorial colophon on p.418 indicates date of composition Ṣafar 890 [February-March 1485].

Ownership and History:

Inscription on upper doublure ; inscription in black ink "١٢٦" on front flyleaf recto ; inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "331 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; partially effaced collation statement on 'title page' (p.5) ; occasional glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Qāḍī Mīr Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn al-Dīn Maybudī Yazdī. Sharḥ-i Dīvān-i mansūb bih Amīr al-Muʼminīn ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib. Ḥasan Raḥmānī and Ibrāhīm Ashk Shīrīn (Eds.). Tihrān : Mīrās̲-i Maktūb, 2000.Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.19Cat. Arab. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.276Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 294Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iii, 297

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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