Isl. Ms. 275


Jamʻ-i mukhtaṣar,[late 15th century?].جمع مختصر,[پایان قرن 15؟].


Vahid Tabrīzī,fl. 1417.وحيد تبريزي.

Place/Date of Production:



40 leaves :paper ;156 x 101 (110 x 55) mm.


Elegant copy of the brief treatise on Persian prosody by Vaḥīd al-Dīn Tabrīzī (fl. 1417).

Other Title(s):

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Persian language--Versification--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)15th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.2.


"شکر و سپاس واجب التعظيمى را كه بتشريف نطق انسان را مشرف ساخت ... اما بعد اين مختصر يست از منشات وحيد تبريزى در علم عروض و قافيه و صنايع شعر ... و اين را جمع مختصر نام نهاد و بالله التوفيق ..."


"هر كس كه علم قافيه اين مقدار بداند او را كفايت باشد تم"


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Physical Details:

V-1 (9), 2 V(29), V+1 (40) ; quinions (first and last anomalous) ; p.64 left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


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


Fine illuminated headpiece at opening on p.2, consisting of rectangular piece with cartouche in lapis lazuli carrying a form of the basmalah ("باسمه سبحانه و تعالى") flanked by rosette pendants in black and surrounded by elegant swirling floral vegetal composition in red, yellow, turquoise, pink, etc. on a gold ground with lapis accents, all surrounded by borders of gold and lapis bands and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in lapis ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by gold frame with outermost blue rule ; keywords and section headings rubricated ; two-teeth stroke abbreviation symbol (overlining keywords) in red ; numerous diagrams (addressing meters, etc.) in red and black ink (see p.25, 26, 27, 28, 62, 64, 65).


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly indistinct) and no clear chain lines visible ; cloudy formation, sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished ; repairs to some leaves.


Marbled laid paper (ebru in light blue, pink, yellow, dark blue) with dark blue cloth over spine ; limp (no boards) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; reverse of paper is undecorated and untinted ; sewn in black thread, two stations ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion, staining, etc. ; textblock has certainly been trimmed (with attempt to avoid loss of catchwords) and carries traces of an envelope flap from a previous (if not the original) cover.

Former Shelfmarks:

"423 T.D.M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on interior of upper cover.


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, hand, etc. may suggest late 15th or even 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Occasional marginal corrections (with accompanying signes de renvoi) and 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.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.789

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Posted by evyn on November 8, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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