Isl. Ms. 319


Dīvān-i Khvājah Ḥāfiẓ-i Shīrāzī,[late 16th or early 17th century?].دیوان خواجه حافظ شیرازى,[پایان قرن 16 یا آغاز قرن 17م؟].


Ḥāfiẓ,14th cent.حافظ.

Place/Date of Production:



159 leaves :paper ;228 x 140 (173 x 86) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of the masterful poet Ḥāfiẓ (Khvājah Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī, d.1390?).

Other Title(s):

DīvānديوانTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):دیوان خواجه حافظDīvān-i Khvājah Ḥāfiẓديوان خواجه حافظ شيرازىديوان خواجه حافظ


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




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


"الا یا ایها الساقی ادر کاسا و ناولها که عشق آسان نمود اول ولی افتاد مشکلها ..."


"گفتی که تو را شوم مدار اندیشه دل خوش کن و بر صبر گمار اندیشه کو صبر و چه دل انچه دلش میخوانی یك قطره خونست و هزار اندیشه تمت الکتاب"


Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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Physical Details:

i, III+3 (9), 10 IV(89), 2 III(101), 4 IV(133), III (139), IV (147), III (153), III-2 (157), I (159), i ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present (though often cut off) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.5-6).


Written in 16 lines per page ; written area often divided to two columns to set-off poetry ; frame-ruled.


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


Splendidly executed illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the title in white ( "ديوان خواجه حافظ شيرازى" ) surrounded by swirling arabesque with floral accents in red, yellow, white, pink, light blue, red-orange, etc. on fields of blue (lapis lazuli) and gold (approaching lapis lazuli) with red border, surmounted by tall (vertically elongated) scalloped w-shaped piece filled with same manner of swirling arabesque with floral accents (carnation, etc.) in green, yellow, white, light pink, light blue, and red-orange on fields of blue (lapis lazuli) and gold, itself set into a well of red ; incipit and facing page carry finely executed illuminated marginal decoration in the form of swirling vegetal composition with large serrated sāz leaves and floral motifs in gold with blue and red accents ; written area throughout surrounded by a frame of gold bands defined by black fillets and outer blue and red rules ; text of incipit and facing page set off with gold cloud-bands ; occasional floral accents in green, red, white, light pink, gold etc. appear occasionally between sections of text.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and no chain lines visible, sturdy though thin and transluscent, well-burnished ; repair to opening leaf / 'title page' in European laid paper with coat of arms watermark (consisting of cross flanked by lions above two circles).


Pasteboards covered in black leather (pebbled quality of shagreen) ; Type III binding (without flap), possibly two-piece; board linings (pastedowns) in light pink-tinted laid paper, flyleaves in gold-flecked pink-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition surrounding two seated gazelles, recessed inlay) with pendants and gold-painted accents and borders ; sewn in light yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pale yellow and pale pink [?], tailband almost gone, headband damaged ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, delamination of boards, lifting and losses of leather (inlay of upper mandorla), etc. ; edging (repair) in quite dark brown to black leather.

Former Shelfmarks:

"82 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on upper board lining.


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, etc. suggest late 16th or early 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on upper board lining "82 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; on 'title page' (p.1) poetic statement entered by al-Sayyid Muḥammad Saʻīd ʻAbd al-Qadīr [?] ( السيد محمد سعيد عبد القدير ) and seal impression in name of al-Sayyid Muḥammad ʻIlmī [ʻAlamī ?] ( السيد محمد علمى ) dated 1281 [?] [1864 or 5] ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


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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.627 ff.

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

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