Isl. Ms. 332


[Yūsuf va Zulaykhā,949, i.e. 1542 or 1543].[یوسف و زلیخا,949ه, 1542 یا 1543م].



Place/Date of Production:

[1542 or 1543].


150 leaves :paper ;205 x 133 (130 x 61) mm.


Exquisite copy of Yūsuf va Zulaykhā, the fifth of the seven mas̲navīs of Jāmī (d.1492) collected under the title Haft awrang.

Other Title(s):

Yūsuf va Zulaykhāيوسف و زليخايوسف و زليخا


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الهی غنچه امید بگشای گلی از روضه جاوید بنمای ..."


"زبانرا گوشمال خامشی ده که هست از هر چه گوئی خامشی به بیادگار نوشتم خطی که ایامی بدین بهانه عزیزان کنند از میاد"


"Scribal," triangular, in Arabic, reads "تمت الكتاب على يد الفقير المذنب المهجور يارى الهروى سنه ۹۴۹ غفر ذنوبهما وستر عيوبهما م"


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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

Physical Details:

i, III+1 (7), 17 IV(143), III+1 (150),i ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


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


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


Exquisite double-page illumination at opening on pp.2-3 consists of large rectangular panels each divided to central rectangular panel carrying opening text set off by cloud-bands (in gold with floral accents, flanking panels filled with arabesque and floral accents in gold, red, yellow, white, etc. on fields of gold and lapis lazuli, and upper and lower rectangular panels with empty gold cartouches flanked by pendants and surrounded by elegant swirling arabesque with floral accents in turquoise, gold, red, white, lavender, and yellow on fields of gold and lapis lazuli evoking book cover design, upper and lower panels surrounded by border of heavy interlace and narrow white bands, entire rectangular panel surrounded by a series of gold lozenges and elaborate border (marginal decoration) with triangular piece or hasp (mainly in gold and lapis lazuli with swirling arabesque) at the center of each of the three outer sides set into an intricate arabesque design with floral accents on fields of gold, light blue, and lapis lazuli accented with perpendicular stalks [tīgh] ; written area throughout surrounded by frame consisting of a series of turquoise, gold, and blue fillets ; written area gold-flecked ; keywords and headings chrysographed.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, not very distinct) and irregular chain lines faintly visible (unclear), cloudy formation, sturdy and fairly thick, well-burnished, medium beige in color, some leaves more yellow in color ; flyleaves in European laid paper with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-29 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark (98 mm. long, perpendicular to chains) ; some breakthrough at frames, staining and tide lines.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap), two-piece binding with overlapping flanges visible at spine ; board linings in yellow-tinted gold-flecked laid paper, flyleaves in pink-tinted gold-flecked laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (over red-brown onlays) and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi 4) and pendants with gold-painted accents and tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; edges of text block gold-painted with floral designs ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations, sewining failing (threads broken in several gatherings) ; worked chevron endbands in pink and pale yellow [?], god condition ; overall in fair condition with much abrasion, staining, some lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon on p.299, copied by Yārī al-Haravī with transcription completed 949 [1542 or 3].

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "131 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; possible inventory mark in pencil on upper board lining ; effaced mark on front flyleaf ; possible former owners' mark and seal impression (both now effaced) on p.4 ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Jāmī,--1414-1492.--Haft awrang.
04--جامى.--هفت اورنگ.


07 Yārī al-Haravī, fl. 1542, scribe. 07 يارى الهروى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

Related Works:

Haft awrang.هفت اورنگ.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Rieu, Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.645Browne, A literary history of Persia,iii, p.515-16, 531-33Rypka,p.286-8

Images1 2

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

Total comments on this page: 1

How to read/write comments

Comments on specific paragraphs:

Click the icon to the right of a paragraph

  • If there are no prior comments there, a comment entry form will appear automatically
  • If there are already comments, you will see them and the form will be at the bottom of the thread

Comments on the page as a whole:

Click the icon to the right of the page title (works the same as paragraphs)


No comments yet.

weza on paragraph 29:


November 28, 2013 5:41 am

Comments are by invitation only.