Isl. Ms. 288


Khulāṣah-i Khamsah,[954, i.e. 1547 or 1548].خلاصه خمسه,[954ه, 1547 يا 1548م].


Niẓāmī Ganjavī,1140 or 41-1202 or 3.نظامي گنجوي,

Place/Date of Production:

[Shīrāz?,1547 or 1548].


53 leaves :paper ;160 x 105 (98 x 43) mm.


Elegant copy of a selection of excerpts from Niẓāmī's Khamsah, divided into 37 chapters (باب) each addressing a subject relating to piety, ethics, or etiquette (see pp.5-8 for a listing of the chapters). For a similar abridgement of Khamsah-i Niẓāmī, see Isl. Ms. 289. Contributions to the cataloguing from Ali Rafi.

Other Title(s):

Khamsah.Selectionsخمسه.منتخباتخلاصه خمسه نظامیKhulāṣah-i Khamsah-i Niẓāmī


Persian poetry--747-1500.
Epic poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Masnavis, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




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


"بر اصحاب دولت و ارباب مکنت واجب و لازمست ..."


"بآهستگی [به آهستگی] کار عالم برآر که در کار گرمی نیاید بکار [به کار]"


"Scribal," triangular, in Arabic, reads "تم الكتاب بعون الله وحسن توفيقه والصلوة والسلام على محمد واله اجمعين في تاريخ شهر ذي قعده سنه اربع وخمسين وتسعمائة على يد تراب الاقدام محمد القوام الكاتب الشيرازى "


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Physical Details:

IV-2 (6), 5 IV(46), IV-1 (53) ; exclusively quaternions (two anonmalous) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 10 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


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


Elegant (though damaged) illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying opening title ("خلاصه خمسه") in white surrounded by swirling arabesque with floral motifs (in gold, light blue, white, yelow, pink, red, etc.) on fields of lapis lazuli and gold (evoking book cover design), surmounted by rectangular piece with row of swirling arabesque on fields of lapis lazuli and gold, all surrounded by border in blue with white crosses and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area of incipit and facing page set off by cloud-bands consisting of vegetal designs in green, pink and red on a gold ground ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of a series of gold, red, and light blue rules defined by black fillets ; some keywords and section headings chrysographed, others in blue ink.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal and fairly indistinct with some curving), quite sturdy and well-burnished though transluscent.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings and hinges in shell 'marbled' paper (in mainly brown and blue) ; fore edge flap lined in silk ; upper and lower covers carry 'gold'-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition - now damaged, recessed onlays now gone to green) and cornerpieces with tooled rosette accents and border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dark pink and green, fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, some lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"394 T. D. M." [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis] inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1).


As appears in colophon on p.105, copied by Muḥammad al-Qivām [al-Qavām], al-Kātib al-Shīrāzī, likely in Shīrāz (see Lâle Uluç's article, "A Persian epic, perhaps for the Ottoman sultan," p.57) with transcription completed Dhū al-Qaʻdah 954 [December 1547-January 1548].

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) "394 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; inscription identifying copyist on 'title page' (p.1) reads "بخط محمد قوام الشيرازى" ; effaced seal impression on 'title page' (p.1) ; calculations (likely of the age of the manuscript in the year 1216 [1801 or 2]) on final leaf (pp.105-106) ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Muḥammad Qivām, fl. 1547, scribe. 05 محمد قوام, 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.575Uluç, Lâle. "A Persian epic, perhaps for the Ottoman sultan." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 29 (1994) pp.57-69.

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

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