Isl. Ms. 339


Dīvān-i Kalīm,[18th century?].دیوان کلیم,[قرن 18م؟].


Kalīm, Abū Ṭālib,d. 1651?كليم, ابو طالب.

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179 leaves :paper ;263 x 165 (158 x 75, 221 x 109) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Kalīm Abū Ṭālib (d. 1651).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (head):كليات ديوان كليم


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


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from illuminated headpiece at opening on p.8.


"شوق هر کس را که در راه طلب سر میدهد گر در آرد اول از پا آخرش پر میدهد .."


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Physical Details:

iii, 22 IV(176), II-1 (179), iii ; almost exclusively quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of ٢ at a slight angle in the outer margin of the lefthand leaf ; catchwords present ; page between sections (p.157) left blank ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and blank insert).


Written in roughly 43 'lines' per page, 17 in the central written area and as many as 26 on the diagonal in the margins ; central written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.8, consisting of narrow rectangular piece carrying the basmalah flanked by floral accents, surmounted by a larger rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the title in red ink ("ديوان كليم عليه الرحمة") flanked by floral motifs mainly in white and gold with red and blue accents on fields of gold, blue and red, itself surmounted by a scalloped w-shaped piece (central dome flanked by two partially visible domes) filled with swirling floral vegetal composition in green, white, pink, yellow, orange, blue and red on fields of gold and blue, all surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and set in a well of blue and red bands with white accents ; another fine doublue-page illumination (headpiece along with cloudbands in written areas) at opening on pp.158-159 ; written area (central panel, columns within, and ruled margins) of incipit and facing page surrounded by gold frame and red rule-border with text set off by gold cloud-bands, elsewhere only gold frame appears ; keywords and section headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct) and occasional pairs of chain lines visible, sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream to beige in color ; endpapers in European laid paper ; minor staining and tide lines ; added flyleaves in European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 25-26 mm. apart (vertical), and watermarks of "AL MASSO" and scrollwork with eagle above horse "GAM" below.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in yellow-tinted laid paper, flyleaves in lavender surface-dyed, gold-flecked laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (with recessed onlays, now gone to green and white) four-lobed central ornament evoking two intersecting lozenges or lozenge with two domes radiating from it (filled with vegetal composition having large floral motifs) and pendants, as well as tooled border in blind rules and a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in blue-green thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and pink, good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with some abrasion and staining, lifting of leather, minor delamination of boards, etc. ; repair to spine (rebacked) in similar red leather.

Accompanying Materials:

Blank scrap of paper paginated pp.287-288.

Former Shelfmarks:

"115 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on upper board lining.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. would suggest 18th or early 19th century. Flyleaves likely early 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil "115 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" and possible book price on upper board lining ; several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.7) including partially effaced ownership statement in name of one Muḥammad Muḥsin [?] (محمد محسن ) accompanied by an effaced seal impression, lengthy statement mentioning Muḥammad Ḥusnī and ʻAbd Allāh Bīg accompanied by an effaced oval seal impression, and effaced statement and circular seal impression ; fairly clean copy.

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.


University of Michigan Library. Manuscripts & papyri : an exhibition arranged for the XXVII International Congress of Orientalists, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 13-19, 1967. (Ann Arbor, MI [?], 1967),no.45, p.12Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 686Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,iii, p. 304Storey, C. Persian literature ; a bio-bibliographical survey,p. 572

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Posted by evyn on October 27, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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