Isl. Ms. 263


[Sharḥ-i Lamaʻāt ... etc.,901, i.e. 1495 or 1496].[شرح لمعات ... الخ,901ه، 1495 يا 1496].



Place/Date of Production:

[1495 or 1496].


164 :paper ;167 x 108 (115 x 65) mm.


Fine collection (majmūʻah) of several works including Jāmī's commentary on the Lamaʻāt of Fakhr al-Dīn Ibrāhīm al-ʻIrāqī (d.1289), glosses on the Mas̲navī of Rūmī, and other excerpts.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):مجموعه جامىاشعة اللمعاتشرح اللمعاتRisālahʼ-i Sharḥ-i ḥadīs̲رسالۀ شرح حديث


Sufi poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
ʻIrāqī, Fakhr al-Dīn Ibrāhīm,--d. 1289?--Lamaʻāt.
Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī,--Maulana,--1207-1273.--Mas̲navī.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


[Sharḥ-i Lamaʻāt] "لو لا لمعات برق نور القديم من نحو حمى جود وحى الحريم ..."


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1. p.6-p.12 : [assorted excerpts (from Jāmī's Lavāʼiḥ, etc.) and notes].
2. p.13 : [contents listing for entire volume].
3. p.14-p.291: Sharḥ-i Lamaʻāt / Jāmī.
4. p.292-p.293 : [assorted excerpts, otherwise blank].
5. p.294-p.306 : [excerpts from glosses on the Mas̲navī of Rūmī].
6. p.307-p.309 [assorted excerpts].
7. p.310-p.318 : [brief treatise opening with verses of Abū Saʻīd ibn Abī al-Khayr (d.1049)"سر رشتهء دولت ای برادر بکف آر وین عمر گرامی بخسارت مگذار"].
8. p.318-323: Risālahʼ-i Sharḥ-i ḥadīs̲ [?].
9. p.322-p.328 : [assorted excerpts (from Jāmī's Lavāʼiḥ, etc.) and former owners' marks, otherwise blank].

Physical Details:

II+1 (5), 16 IV(133), IV+1 (142), II (146), 2 IV(162), I (164), i ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes added leaves carrying excerpts at opening and close of codex).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


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


Keywords, some notabilia, etc. rubricated ; overlining in red ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and rare single chain lines visible, sturdy, well-sized and burnished, inclusions ; staining and tide-lines ; added leaves at opening and close in European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-29 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of star (p.2) and crescent (p.4) visible.


Heavy pasteboards covered in painted lacquerwork, spine in black leather ; Type III binding (without flap, two-piece binding, overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; doublures in fine painted lacquerwork with paintings of a tall narcissus-like plant with leaves in shades of green and flowers and buds in yellow with pink accents at the head of a central stalk, all on a red ground with border in black with gold accents (composition of upper doublure mirrors that of lower doublure) ; upper and lower covers bear paintings of nearly identical floral composition in mirror image to one another on a deep golden-orange or bronze-colored background, namely a central cluster of peonies, poppies, tulips, pansies, etc. with additional buds and floral forms filling the main panel all in shades of pink, light blue, lavender, and white with leaves in various shades of green, and surrounded by decorative band of floral vegetal motifs on a dark red-bronze ground framed in black borders with gold accents ; sewn in dark turquoise thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dark turquoise and red, good condition (protected by leather extending from spine) ; overall in fairly good condition with only minor abrasion and losses to lacquer, etc. ; textblock has certainly been trimmed (some leaves folded to retain marginalia) ; now housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"438 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf (p.1).


As appears at close of Risālahʼ-i Sharḥ-i ḥadīs̲, transcription completed [?] 901 [1495 or 6]. Paper, etc. certainly suggest 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Marginal glosses, corrections, and notabilia (side-heads) ; statement on p.309 inscribed by Ibn Ibrāhīm [?] Isḥaq al-Shabastarī ( ابن ابراهيم اسحق الشبسترى ) ; statement accompanying large rectangular seal impression on p.327 ; statements in Turkish on p.328 dated 22 Shawwāl 1210 [ca. 30 April 1796] and 6 Ramḍān 1212 [ca. 22 February 1798], along with oval seal impression ; another oval seal impression (inscription within"ان الله يحب المحسنين") on back flyleaf ; marginal corrections and notabilia as well as occasional glosses (partially lost to trimming).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Risālahʼ-i Sharḥ-i ḥadīs̲رسالۀ شرح حديث


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. Mss. Brit. Mus.,p. 594Cat. Pers. Mss. Brit. Mus.,p. 44

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Posted by evyn on November 2, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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