Isl. Ms. 296


Dīvān-i sulṭān al-ʻārifīn Jalāl al-Dīn Mawlānā al-Rūmī,[16th century?].ديوان سلطان العارفين جلال الدين مولانا الرومي,[القرن 16م؟].


Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī,Maulana,1207-1273.جلال الدين رومى,مولانا.

Place/Date of Production:



277 leaves :paper ;228 x 157 (146 x 66) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, commonly called Dīvān-i Shams-i Tabrīz given the poet's taking the name of his spiritual guide and mystic lover Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī Tabrīzī as his takhalluṣ.

Other Title(s):

Dīvān-i Shams-i Tabrīzīديوان شمس تبريزى.Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5):ديوان سلطان العارفين مولانا جلال الدين الرومىDīvān-i sulṭān al-ʻārifīn Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn al-Rūmīدیوان شمس تبریزیدیوان سلطان العارفین مولانا جلال الدین الرومی


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


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from headpiece at opening on p.6.


"ای طایران قدس را عشقت فزوده بالها ..."


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Physical Details:

i, V-3 (7), 2 V(27), IV (35), 3 V(65), IV (73), 15 V(223), IV (271), IV-2 (277) ; quinions and quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaf and skips two pages between pp.485-486).


Written in 17 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


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


Illuminated frontispiece (roundel) on 'title page' (p.5) carrying patronage statement / ex libris of Ahmet Paşa ( احمد پاشا ) in white on a gold ground at center and bordered by delicate arabesque with floral motifs in gold, orange, pink, red, yellow and black on a field of lapis lazuli ; elegant illuminated headpiece at opening on p.6 consisting of rectangular piece with central cartouche (more mandorla shape) carrying title ("ديوان سلطان العارفين جلال الدين مولانا الرومى") in white on a gold ground surrounded by a rich arabesque in gold with floral accents in pink, orange, red, yellow, lavender and white on a lapis lazuli ground, surmounted by a narrower rectangle continuing the arabesque composition and itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area (and columns within) surrounded by gold frame ; keywords and headings chrysographed.


non-European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical and horizontal, indistinct), cloudy formation, heavily sized and burnished, glossy and crisp, medium cream in color ; much foxing.


Pasteboards covered in quite dark brown (nearly black) leather (spine and fore edge flap now in dark red leather) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns / flyleaves now in untinted European laid paper with name watermark partially visible (over yellow laid paper) ; upper and lower covers carry stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OSh 9), pendants and cornerpieces with gold-painted accents and tooled border ; sewn in pale yellow and dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, damaged ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc. ; has been rebacked (spine repair in dark red brown leather) and fore edge flap has been repaired as well.

Former Shelfmarks:

"185 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover ; traces of numeral inscribed on tail edge.


Lacks dated colophon. Executed for (bi-rasm) one Ahmet Paşa ( احمد پاشا ), likely grand vizier (possibly Kara Ahmet Paşa, Hafız Ahmet Paşa, etc.). Decoration, etc. would suggest 16th or 17th century.

Ownership and History:

On front flyleaf (p.1), ownership statement accompanied by oval seal impression in name of one ʻAlī, statement reads "من كتب الفقير على غفر له" ; patronage statement / ex libris in illuminated roundel on 'title page' (p.5) in name of one Ahmet Paşa ( احمد پاشا ), reads "برسم خزانة الصادق العادل الكامل المعتقد الملك المنان المجاهد في سبيل ربه المستعان آصف ملك سليمان احمد پاشا لا زال دولته الى عاد الزمان" ; also on 'title page' (p.5), effaced circular seal impression, small oval seal impression and statement in upper outer corner with trace of name "عبد الباقي الحسيني" (ʻAbd al-Bāqī al-Ḥusaynī) ; fairly clean copy ; on lower pastedown "احمد اديب" with incomplete date.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Aḥmad Pāshā,--patron.
04--احمد پاشا--راع.


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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.593

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Posted by evyn on November 30, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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