Isl. Ms. 336


Farhād va Shīrīn,[18th century?].فرهاد و شیرین,[قرن 18م؟].


Vaḥshī Bāfqī,d. 1583.وحشی بافقی.

Place/Date of Production:



70 leaves :paper ;208 x 130 (142 x 60) mm.


Elegant copy of Farhād va Shīrīn, one of the mas̲navīs of Vaḥshī Bāfqī (d.1583).

Other Title(s):

فرهاد و شيرين


Persian poetry--1500-1796.
Masnavis, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).


"الهی سینۀ ده آتش افروز در ان سینه دلی و ان دل همه سوز ..."


"یقین داند که صورت عین معنی است"


Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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Physical Details:

i, 5 IV(40), III (46), IV (54), 4 II(70), i ; mainly quaternions and binions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 17 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Nastaʻlīq ; compact, elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes, final ی usually pointed ; partially vocalized.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular panel with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral vegetal accents in gold, red, light blue, green, yellow, pink, etc. on fields of 'lapis lazuli' and gold, surmounted by a large (vertically elongated) scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with swirling floral vegetal decoration in gold, pink, blue, green, white, yellow, and red on a gold ground, sumounted by still further domes in lapis and dark maroon, entire piece set into a heavy well of red, lapis (with white cross accents) and turquoise bands defined by gold and black fillets ; gold cloud-bands and floral accents set off basmalah at opening on p.2 written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold bands defined by black fillets and outermost blue rule (columns within and outer margin also defined by gold fillets).


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, quite distinct) and no laid lines apparent, extremely well-burnished to glossy, crisp and transluscent, grayish color ; some pigment burn.


Boards covered in textured black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Type III binding though not flush ; board linings and hinges in bright red paper ; sewn in red and lime green thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in lime green and red, good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"504 [?] T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "١٢" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) ; "1/9" inscribed in ink on 'title page' (p.1).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. suggest 18th or early 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil and ink on verso of front flyleaf "504 [?] T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" and on 'title page' (p.1) "١٢" and "1/9" ; effaced statement at close on p.134 ; fairly 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. 663

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

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