Isl. Ms. 325


Haft awrang,[955, i.e. 1548].هفت اورنک,[955ه, 1548م].



Place/Date of Production:



514 leaves :paper ;200 x 130 (134 x 72) mm.


Elegant copy of the seven mas̲navīs of Jāmī (d.1492) collected under the title Haft awrang.

Other Title(s):

Haft awrangهفت اورنگTitle from spine label:هفت رنك مولانا جامىهفت اورنك


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on flyleaf at opening.


"حمد الرب جلیل من عبد ذليیل وسلاما [؟] علی حبیب فائق من محب صادق و علی صحبه و آله المهتین بنور جماله نظم این هفت مثنویست که چون هفت آسمان ..."


"که تا بیند از گوش دل بر کشیم همه گوش کردیم و دم در کشیم"


"Scribal," rectangular, mainly in Arabic, reads "تمت السبعه بعون الله وحسن توفيقه يوم السبت من محرم الحرام سنه خمس وخمسين وتسعمائة والحمد لله اولا واخرا باطنا وظاهرا م م م"


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Physical Details:

ii, V-1 (9), 50 V(509), III-1 (514), ii ; almost exclusively quinions ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.873-874).


Written in 29 lines per page, 17 in left most column(s) with as many as 12 lines on the diagonal in the rightmost column ; written area divided to two and three columns to set-off poetry ; frame-ruled.


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


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying opening section (preface) title ("ديباجه سبعه") in white surrounded by swirling arabesque with floral motifs (in gold, green, light blue, pink, red, etc.) on fields of lapis lazuli and gold (evoking book cover design), surmounted by gold band with floral motifs in blue and red and rectangular piece with row of swirling arabesque on fields of lapis lazuli and gold (evoking a row of domes), all surrounded by border in blue with white crosses and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; additional illuminated headpieces (rectangular) at openings of other sections, mainly the rest of the seven mas̲navīs (p.180, 254, 306, 360, 362, 440, 574, 752, 922) ; written area throughout surrounded by frame of gold band defined by black fillets and outermost gold and blue rules, columns within outlined by narrow gold bands defined by black fillets ; keywords and section headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and no chain lines clearly visible, quite thin, crisp and transluscent, well-burnished ; some staining, tidelines and foxing.


Pasteboards covered in black and dark red-brown (spine, fore edge flap, edges / turn-ins, possibly repairs) leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in light brown leather with central mandorla and cornerpieces in filigree appliqué over blue paper as well as gold-painted accents and tooled border ; upper and lower covers carry large block-stamped (two impressions with join visible) and gold-painted recessed rectangular panel filled with symmetrical vegetal composition with chī clouds and floral motifs, surrounded by gold-tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps defined by gold fillets ; design continues on flap ; fore edge flap stamped and gold-painted, stamp carries "لصاحبه السعادة والسلامة" ; edges of text block gold-painted with floral motifs ; sewn in light red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in lime green and light red, damaged ; overall in somewhat fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc. ; repairs in Japanese paper ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon on p.1025, transcription completed in Muḥarram 955 [February or March 1548].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on front flyleaf "132 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; oval seal impression at close (p.1025) ; thread tabs in red ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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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.644 ff.

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

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