Isl. Ms. 313


Dīvān-i Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī,[894, i.e. 1488].دیوان امیر خسرو دهلوی,[894ه, 1488م].


Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī,ca. 1253-1325.امير خسرو دهلوى.

Place/Date of Production:



430 leaves :paper ;255 x 175 (152 x 83) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Amīr Khusraw Dihlavī (d.1325).

Other Title(s):

ديوان امير خسرو دهلوي


Persian poetry--747-1500.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)15th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from illuminated headpiece at opening on p.4.


"حمد رانم برزبان لله رب العالمین آنکه جان بخشید در قرآن هدی للمتقین ..."


"هر که علیکم نبگوید تمام به که سلامش نکنم و السلام"


"Scribal," triangular, in Arabic, reads "تمت الكتاب من كلام افصح المتكلمين وقدوة الشاعرين امير خسرو دهلوى قدس الله روحه العزيز ورحمة الله عليه والحمد لله على اتمامه والصلوة والسلام على خير خلقه محمد واله واصحابه وازواجه ذرياته في يوم السبت ثالث عشرين محرم الحرام سنه اربع وتسعين وثمانمائة كتبه وذهبه العبد الراجي الى رحمة الله الملك الواهب مرشد الدين بن صدر الدين المذهب اللهم اغفر لصاحبه ولكاتبه ولقاريه ولجميع المؤمنين والمؤمنات"


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Physical Details:

i, IV-1 (7), 52 IV(423), IV-1 (430) ; exclusively quaternions (first and last anomalous) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf)


Written in 14 lines per page with written area often divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


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


Superb illuminated frontispiece on 'title page' (p.3) consisting of a scalloped almond (mandorla) or diamond shaped medallion with gold cartouche (carrying "لصاحبه السعادة والسلامة" mainly effaced) surrounded by floral vegetal pattern in green, gold, red, yellow, white, and pink on a lapis lazuli ground, bordered in gold with blue tīgh accents ; exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ ) at opening on p.4 consisting of large rectangular piece with central almond-shaped cartouche carrying title ( "ديوان امير خسرو دهلوى" ) in white over light blue arabesque and surrounded by swirling floral vegetal design (in gold, pink, white, yellow, turquoise, etc. on fields of lapis lazuli and gold) and lozenge border reminiscent of book cover design, surmounted by a row of arabesque and floral motifs in gold, red, turquoise, pink, white, yellow, etc. on fields of gold and lapis lazuli, all surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold band defined by black fillets and outermost blue rule ; section headings and keywords chrysographed or in blue.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chains only faintly visible (possibly in pairs), sturdy and fairly thick, deep cream in color, well-sized and burnished to glossy.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in deep red leather with large central mandorla in leather filigree appliqué over blue paper and green silk as well as gold-painted accents and tooled border ; upper and lower covers carry exquisite stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition somewhat similar to Déroche class. OSd 2 on a gold ground) and cornerpieces, along with tooled border featuring rows of s-shaped stamps ; design continues on flap ; sewn in light pink and blue thread, two stations, failing, gatherings loose ; worked chevron endbands in light green-blue and light pink, damaged, tailband gone ; overall in fairly good condition with minor staining, abrasion, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"164 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf (p.1).


As appears in colophon on p.862, copied and illuminated (gilded) by Murshid al-Dīn ibn Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Mudhahhib [al-Muẕahhib] with transcription completed 23 Muḥarram 894 [ca. 27 December 1488].

Ownership and History:

Frontispiece on 'title page' (p.3) may have carried ex libris but inscription now effaced ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Murshid al-Dīn ibn Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Mudhahhib, fl. 1488, scribe, illuminator. 05 مرشد الدين ابن صدر الدين المذهب, ناسخ, مذهب.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.609 ff.

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

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