Isl. Ms. 323


Dīvān-i Mawlānā Shāhī,[916, i.e. 1510].دیوان مولانا شاهی,[916ه, 1510م].


Amīr Shāhī Sabzavārī,d. 1453.امير شاهى سبزوارى.

Place/Date of Production:



36 leaves :paper ;155 x 87 (105 x 44) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Amīr Shāhī, Aq Malik ibn Amīr Jamāl al-Dīn Sabzavārī (d.1453).

Other Title(s):

Poemsديوانديوان مولانا شاهى


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.


"ای نقش بسته نام خطت با سرشت ما این حرف شد ز روز ازل سر نوشت ما ..."


"سخن تا چند گویم پیچ هر [در] پیچ ترا من دوست میدارم دگر هیچ "


"Scribal," rectangular, mainly in Arabic, reads "تم هذه الابيات العبد الفير الى الطاف الصمدى ابن على قطب الدين اليزدى غفر ذنوبه وستر عيوبه في اوائل رجب المرجب من شهور سنه ست عشر وتسعمائة الهجره النبويه المصطفويه عليه افضل الصلوات واكمل التسليمات"


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Physical Details:

i, 2 III(12), II (16), III (22), V (32), II (36), i ; ternions, binions, and a quinion ; catchwords present ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals through "٢٩" ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 12 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


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


Elegant (though damaged) illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the title in white ("ديوان مولانا شاهي") surrounded by swirling vegetal decoration in black, cartouche surrounded by swirling floral vegetal designs in gold, yellow, red, white and pink on a field of blue with gold accents, surmounted by triangular piece or hasp with upper most pendant and vertical stalks (tīgh) continuing floral vegetal design on gold and lapis lazuli ; written area (and columns within) surrounded by a gold frame defined by black fillets and outermost blue rule ; centered panels of written area left blank.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, faint and indistinct) and no chain lines clearly visible, well-burnished, beige in color ; staining and tidelines ; many bifolia guarded with recycled manuscript "waste" ; flyleaves in European laid paper.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in pink-tinted laid paper ; fore edge flap lined in green silk ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted (on orange recessed inlays) rosette / mandorla (filled with vegetal composition vaguely reminiscent of Déroche class. OAi2 1) and cornerpieces along with tooled rosettes and gold-painted accents and border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, dirty, tailband damaged ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather at spine and fore edge flap, minor pest damage, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"406 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


As appears in colophon on p.69, copied by Ibn ʻAli Quṭb al-Dīn al-Yazdī with transcription completed in the first part of Rajab 916 [October 1510].

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on front flyleaf verso "406 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; inventory mark and basmalah on recto of front flyleaf ; various notes and excerpts (some effaced) on 'title page' (p.1) and final leaves (pp.70-72) ; marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Ibn ʻAlī Quṭb al-Dīn al-Yazdī, fl. 1510, scribe. 05 ابن على قطب الدين اليزدى, 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.640Rypka,p.284

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

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