Isl. Ms. 282


Dīvān-i Amīr Muʻizzī,[1253, i.e. 1836].ديوان امير معزى,[1253ه، 1836م].


Muʻizzī, Amīr ʻAbd Allāh Muḥammad,b. 1048 or 9.معزى, امير عبد الله محمد,

Place/Date of Production:



188 leaves :paper ;206 x 133 (148 x 68) mm. bound to 210 x 140 mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Muʻizzī (Amīr Muʻizzī), Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Malik (d. between 1125-7).

Other Title(s):

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Laudatory poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Ghazals, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry--747-1500.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from illuminated headpiece at opening on p.2.


"ستاره سجده برد طلعت منير ترا زمانه بوسه دهد پايه سرير ترا ..."


"بهر جشنى كه بنشينى سعادت همنشين بادت بهر راهى كه بخرامى سلامت راهبر بادت"


"Scribal," reads "بتاريخ يوم دوشنبه بيست و دويم شهر محرم الحرام هزار و دويست و پنجاه و دو هجرى در قريه اشتيان صورت اتمام پديرفت حرره العبد اقل ابن مرحوم ابو الخير [؟] آشتيانى القمى يعقوب ..."


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Physical Details:

6 IV(48), III+2 (56), 15 IV(176), 2 III(188) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals in black ink in the upper outer margin of the verso of the final leaf of each quire ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes back flyleaf).


Written in 23 lines per page, written area mainly divided to two columns; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (with elements of shikastah-nastaʻlīq) ; compact, elegant hand ; serifless, with slight effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes, freely ligatured.


Fine illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the title in black ("ديوان امير معزى") flanked by arabesque motifs in gold, red and blue, surmounted by a scalloped dome filled with swirling arabesque in gold with red and blue accents, all set in a well of gold and black bands framing red vegetal accents ; written area surrounded by a frame of gold bands defined by black fillets with outermost blue rule, columns within also defined by gold bands.


European machine laid paper mainly with chain lines 21 mm. apart and "laid lines" in a cross-hatch pattern, watermarks include "BENto PICARDO" (see p.4, 12, 358, etc.), scrollwork with motif resembling diamond flanked by C's and 1833 below (see p.364, etc. compare motif as appears in Heawood nos. 3728 and 3747), and six-pointed star with eFIGLI below (see p.352, 370) ; crisp, transluscent though sturdy, light cream with tinge of gray, well-burnished.


Heavy pasteboards covered in painted lacquerwork, spine in quite dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; two-piece binding (overlapping flanges visible) ; 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, flanked by smaller pink flowers, 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, 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 deep golden-orange or bronze-colored ground framed in black borders with gold accents ; sewn in light red (opening nine and final six quires) and spring green thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light red and spring green, fair condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with some abrasion and losses to lacquerwork and pasteboard, cracking and crazing of lacquer, minor delamination at board corners, breakage and losses at joints where spine leather meets boards, spine almost fully detached except where primaries are sewn through spine lining, etc. ; not flush with text block, slightly tall and wide ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"17/4" in ink on 'title page' (p.1) ; "103 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on final leaf (p.376).


As appears in colophon on p.373, copied by Ibn marḥūm Abū al-Khayr [?] Āshtiyānī al-Qummī Yaʻqūb with transcription completed in Āshtiyān in 22 Muḥarram 1252 [ca. 9 May 1836].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in ink and pencil on 'title page' (p.1) "17/4" and final leaf (p.376) "103 T. De M." [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis] ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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07 Yaʻqūb Āshtiyānī al-Qummī, fl. 1836, scribe. 07 يعقوب آشتيانى القمى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.552Meisami, Julie S. "Muʻizzī Muḥammad b. ʻAbd al-Malik," In EI2,vol. VII, p.489, col. 1

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

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