Isl. Ms. 330


[Subḥat al-abrār,981, i.e. 1573].[سبحة الابرار,981ه, 1573م].



Place/Date of Production:



131 leaves :paper ;237 x 168 (128 x 65) mm.


Elegant copy of Subḥat al-abrār, the fourth of the seven seven mas̲navīs of Jāmī (d.1492) collected under the title Haft awrang.

Other Title(s):

Haft awrang.Subḥat al-abrārهفت اورنگ.سبحة الابرارEdge title (tail):سبحة الابرار


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"المنة لله که بخون گر خفتم یکچند چو غنچه عاقبت بشگفتم"


"قطع کردیم برین نكته سخن ختم الله لنا بالحسنی هو مولانا نعم المولی"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "فرغ عن تحرير هذه الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب كتبه العبد المذنب محمد بن ملا مير الاستادى في دهم شهر ربيع الآخر سنه ٩۸١ م"


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Physical Details:

3 III(18), 6 IV(66), III (72), IV (80), III (86), IV (94), III+1 (101), 3 IV(125), III (131) ; ternions and quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 12 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, and elongated horizontal strokes, gāf marked with three dots.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by pendants and surrounded by swirling arabesque with floral accents in red, turquoise, yellow, and gold on a field of lapis lazuli with border in white and turquoise bands outlining heavy gold interlace, surmounted by band of black with arabesque and floral motifs in turquoise, white, yellow, red, etc. and scalloped triangular piece or hasp continuing the floral vegetal design on fields of gold and lapis lazuli, all surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area gold-flecked and surrounded by heavy frame in gold, turquoise, red and blue bands and rules ; keywords and section headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (mainly vertical) and occasional pairs of chain lines faintly visible, dense and sturdy, quite heavily sized and burnished ; written area mounted in tinted leaves (mainly pink except for pp.134-144 where tinted pale orange or peach) ; some breakthrough at frames.


Pasteboards covered in quite dark brown (to black) leather with dark red-brown leather repairs to spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in dark red leather with central mandorla, pendants and cornerpieces in filigree appliqué over blue paper and green silk as well as tooled border ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition reminiscent of Déroche class. OSd 2) with pendants, cornerpieces and a series of bordering lozenges as well as a tooled border ; design continues on flap ; sewn in dull pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dull pink and pale green [?], fair condition ; overall in fairly good condition with much abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"179 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf / 'title page' (now affixed to each other, p.1) ; ٩٥١ on tail edge of text block.


As appears in colophon on p.261, copied by Muḥammad ibn Mullā Mīr al-Ustādī [?] with transcription completed 10 Rabīʻ II 981 [ca. 9 August 1573].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on front flyleaf / 'title page' (now affixed to each other, p.1) "179 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; possible inventory mark or signature in lower inner corner of final leaf (p.262) ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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07 Muḥammad ibn Mullā Mīr al-Ustādī, fl. 1573, scribe. 07 محمد بن ملا مير الاستادى, 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.644

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

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