Isl. Ms. 684


[Sharḥ-i Dīvān-i mansūb bih Amīr al-Muʼminīn ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib,1063, i.e. 1653].[شرح ديوان منسوب به امير المؤمنين على بن ابى طالب,1063ه، 1653م].


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

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315 leaves :paper ;290 x 200 (185 x 100) mm.


Elegant but acephalous copy of the commentary by Qāḍī Mīr Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn al-Dīn al-Manṭiqī al-Maybudī al-Yazdī (d.1504?) upon the dīwān attributed to ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (ca. 600-661), opening with the shorter commentary known as Favātiḥ-i sabʻah.

Other Title(s):

شرح دیوان منسوب به امیر المؤمنین علی بن ابی طالبTitle from close on p.153:فواتح سبعهTitle from inscription on upper board lining (Yahuda's tentative identification):انساب الفاطميينTitle in GAL:Sharḥ Dīwān ʻAlī


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.


Persian and Arabic.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"اهل فقر همت طلبيم آينه ذات حق جودر و يشانند ..."


"اهل العباد وانني بولائهم ارجو السلامة والنجا في الاخرة ... ارجو النجا بكم يوم المعادون حبت نداى من الذنب الا فانينا"


"Scribal," reads "تمت الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب بتاريخ ۱۴ شهر رجب المرجب سنه ۱۰۶۳ م م م المحتاج الى رحمة الله الغني ابو القاسم بن آغا جان بن بز"


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1. p.1-p.153 : Favātiḥ-i sabʻah / Qāḍī Mīr Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn al-Dīn al-Maybudī.
2. p.153-p.629 : [continuation of Sharḥ-i Dīvān-i mansūb bih Amīr al-Muʼminīn ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib] / Qāḍī Mīr Ḥusayn ibn Muʻīn al-Dīn al-Maybudī.

Physical Details:

IV+1 (9), 37 IV(305), V (315) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; quires marked in black ink ("رب يسر") at the head of the recto of the opening leaf of each quire ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals.


Written in 19 lines per page, occasionally divided to two columns to set off poetry ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq and naskh ; elegant Persianate hand ; nastaʻlīq sans serif with slight effect of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, sweeping horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes or conjoined dots ; Arabic excerpts mainly in a medium naskh, serifless and fairly vertical but with slight effect of tilt to the left, quite rounded with curvilinear descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Keywords (فتح، ميقرمايد، الخ), headings for excerpts from the dīwān attributed to ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, and abbreviation symbols (sigla, etc.) rubricated ; most Arabic excerpts overlined in red ; textual dividers in the form of 'three inverted commas' conjoined to form a single stroke ; a few diagrams in red and black ink (see pp.49-51, 67, 112).


European laid paper ; mainly with 13 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 24-27 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of crown above fleur de lis (see p.25, etc.), extremely well sized and burnished (quite glossy), transluscent and quite crisp, though sturdy ; another type with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of an inverted teardrop shape with cross (see p.452, etc.) ; burnisher's marks visible.


Pasteboards covered in black (upper cover, which appears to be a replacement for the original) and brown (lower cover and spine) leathers ; Type II (with flap, though now lost) ; upper board lining in untinted wove paper ; lower doublure in red-brown leather ; lower cover carries blind-stamped (with recessed onlay) scalloped mandorla (filled with scene of two antelopes and a flowering tree) and pendants, as well as tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps flanked by tooled fillets ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light yellow and pink, only portion of tailband remains ; overall in quite poor condition with flap lost, extensive abrasion, lifting and losses of leather (especially to replacement upper cover), staining, severe moisture damage and shrinkage in upper cover, fills to upper cover in bits of black leather and pink textile, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- c. Portion of a printed page with list of titles in Arabic script, perhaps torn from a catalogue -- d. Slip ruled with a red grid (between pp.112-113).

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label, "IL 22" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.629, copied by Abū al-Qāsim ibn Āghā Jān bin Baz [?] with transcription completed 14 Rajab [?] 1063 [ca. 10 June 1653]. As appears in preceding authorial colophon (also on p.629), composition completed in Ṣafar 890 [1485].

Ownership and History:

Octagonal seal impression in the lower outer corner of p.619 (possibly dated 1084 [1673 or 4]) ; a few marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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


07 Abū al-Qāsim ibn Āghā Jān, fl. 1653, scribe. 07 ابو القاسم بن آغا جان, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,S II 294 6. no.5 ; S I 983 zu 74

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Posted by evyn on October 20, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS, Yahuda Collection

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