Isl. Ms. 306


Kitāb-i Gulistān,[971, i.e. 1563 or 1564].کتاب گلستان,[971ه, 1563 یا 1564].



Place/Date of Production:

[1563 or 1564].


138 leaves :paper ;195 x 135 (128 x 70) mm.


Elegant copy of the Gulistān, celebrated collection of moralizing anecdotes in rhymed prose interspersed with verse (maqāmah form), composed in 1258 by the renowned Persian poet and prose writer, Saʻdī (d.1292).

Other Title(s):

GulistānگلستانEdge title (tail):گلستانEdge title (head):گلستان


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from headpiece at opening on p.4 and close on p.275.


"منت خدایرا عز و جل که طاعتش موجب قربتست ..."


"در خاتمۀ كتاب كلستان تمام شد كتاب كلستان و الله الملك المستعان و بتوفيق بارى عز اسمه درين جمله چنانكه عادت مؤلفان است از شعر متقدمان بطريق استعارت تلفيقى نرفت ... واطلب لنفسك من خير تريد به من بعد ذلك غفرانا لصاحبه"


"Scribal," in Arabic, reads "كتبه العبد المذنب عبد اللطيف المذنب بن شيخ درويش محمد الشروانى الشهير بافلاطون غفر الله لهما في سنه ٩٧١ م"


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Physical Details:

17 IV(136), I (138), i ; almost exclusively quaternions ; p.38 left partially blank, perhaps for illustration never realized ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (includes flyleaves).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled ; written area occasionally divided to two columns to set off verses.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant hand ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, mainly closed counters, pointing in distinct dots.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of large (rising out of the well of turquoise and gold into which it is set and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue), scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) with a central cartouche (carrying the title "كتاب كلستان" in white on a black ground with red floral accents) surrounded by swirling floral vegetal motifs in gold, red, yellow, white, pink, and turquoise on fields of gold and lapis lazuli ; keywords and some vocalization rubricated, others chrysographed or in blue ink ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold band defined by black and blue fillets ; tailpiece consisting of floral accents in red and black ink flanking close (p.276).


European laid paper of perhap a few types ; opening type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of anchor in circle (see p.8-9, 22, etc.) ; another type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-32 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of crossbow in circle (p.262, 268, etc.) alternating with crossed arrows (see p.258, 272, etc.) ; all quite sturdy, dull cream in color, and well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in brown leather ; upper and lower covers carry tooled and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche OAi 8), pendants and cornerpieces, along with tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps and fillets in gold ; upper and lower doublures carry diamond-shaped central ornament of gold-tooled interlace and border in gold fillets ; sewn in dull yellow, dark blue and dull pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dull yellow and pink, damaged somewhat ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, delamination of boards at corners, lifting of leather, envelope flap fully detached, etc. ; minor pieced repairs in dark brown leather ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"344" inscribed in pencil on recto of opening leaf (p.1) ; "344 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of opening leaf (p.2).


As appears in colophon on p.276, copied by ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Shaykh Darvīsh Muḥammad al-Shirvānī, al-shahīr bi-Aflāṭūn, (Abdüllatif b. Derviş Mehmet eş-Şirvânî) with transcription completed in 971 [1563 or 4].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil "344" and "344 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on opening leaf (pp.1-2) ; interlinear and marginal glosses (mainly in Turkish) and occasional corrections ; traces of an almond-shaped seal impression on page facing incipit page (p.5) ; ownership statements on back flyleaf (recto in black ink, divani script, p.278 and verso in red ink, p.278) in name of Darvīsh Muḥammad Qiyādā [?] Zādah ( درويش محمد قيادا زاده / Derviş Mehmet Kıyâdâzade [?]), dated 30 Ṣafar 1138 [ca. 7 November 1725] and 113?, respectively.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Shaykh Darvīsh Muḥammad al-Shirvānī, fl. 1563, scribe. 05 عبد اللطيف بن شيخ درويش محمد الشروانى, 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.595 ff.Browne,v. ii, p.525-532Rypka,p. 251-253

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

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