Isl. Ms. 341


[Dīvān-i Ṣāʼib,18th century].[دیوان صائب,قرن 18م].


Ṣāʼib Tabrīzī, Muḥammad ʻAlī,d. ca. 1670.صائب تبريزى، محمد على.

Place/Date of Production:



508 leaves :paper ;255 x 175 (195 x 77) mm.


Fine copy of the voluminous collected poems of Mīrzā Muḥammad ʻAlī Ṣāʼib (d. between 1080/1669-70 and 1088/1677-8).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):ديوان صائب


Persian poetry--1500-1796.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"دل نگردید شب وصل تهی از گلها [گله ها] طی شد این وادی و هموار از نشد آبلها [آبله ها] ..."


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Physical Details:

i, 6 V(60), I (62), V-1 (69), 16 V(229), VI (241), 20 V(441), IV (449), 5 V(499), IV+1 (508), i ; chiefly quinions ; several sections (pp.119-120, 128-138, 441-460, 572-582, 890-899, 918-919) and final leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; poems numbered in Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages each between pp.10-11, 67-68).


Written in 23 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled (occasionally margins also ruled).


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; fine though initially somewhat careless Ottoman hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes ; highly ligatured ; possibly a different hand supplying the latter portion of the codex.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with swirling vegetal design and floral motifs in pink, red, white, blue, and turquoise on fields of gold and blue, set in a well of dark turquoise and gold and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in pink, blue and red ; vegetal motifs in gold accent written area of incipit and facing page (pp.2-3) ; written area surrounded by heavy gold frame, columns within and occasionally margins also outlined in gold rules ; margins in opening quire gold-flecked ; some abbreviation symbols rubricated.


European laid paper of several types ; one type with 10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 22-26 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of grapes (raisin) with crown above (see p.67, etc.) ; another type with 12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of grapes (raisin) under crown and "PF" (see p.28, 35, 72) ; all well-sized and burnished, sturdy, thin and transluscent ; some leaves tinted bright yellow, pale green, pale pink, lavender, etc.


Pasteboards now fully covered in spring-green silk faced / backed with lavender paper (covered boards faced and lined, i.e. silk fully wraps apparently already leather-faced boards as with an overcover / slipcover, compare Isl. Ms. 343) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; flyleaves in dark lavender surface-dyed and gold-flecked laid paper (10 laid lines per cm. / horizontal, chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart / vertical, and watermark of three crescents / 95 mm. long, perpendicular to chains) ; upper and lower covers bear traces of stamped mandorlas beneath the textile and paper (likely in leather facing, which is also visible under the textile and paper) ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and yellow, good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting and losses of cloth and paper, etc. ; somewhat ill-fitting (small), particularly fore edge flap and upper cover.

Former Shelfmarks:

"443 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "٨٥" inscribed on tail of text block.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. would suggest 18th century. Dated ownership statements on 'title page' (p.1) supply terminus ante quem of 1758.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "443 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.1) include ownership statement in name of one al-Sayyid Muḥammad Khayrī ibn Yaḥyá [?] (Mehmet Hayri bin Yahya [?] / محمد خيرى بن يحيى) dated 2 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1171 [ca. 8 July 1758] and accompanied by oval seal impression, statement reads "مما انعم الله لعبده الفقير السيد محمد خيرى بن يحى في ٢ دا سنه ١۷۱" and statement in name of al-Sayyid al-Ḥājj ʻAbd al-Karīm ibn Muḥammad al-Qāḍī al-Ḥakīm (Abdülkerim bin Mehmet / عبد الكريم بن محمد ) dated 1172 [1758 or 9], statement reads "هذه النعمة العظيم [كذا] اخرجت من يد صاحب القديم [كذا] ووقفت في سلك السيد الحاج عبد الكريم بن محمد القاضى الحكيم غفر الله له ولوالديه بلطفه العظيم في سنه اثنى وسبعين ومائة والف" ; dated statement in Turkish among those on recto of final leaf (p.1015) ; occasional glosses and corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

05 Mehmet Hayri, fl. 1757, former owner. 07 Abdülkerim bin Mehmet, fl. 1758, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 05 محمد خيرى, مالك سابق. 07 عبد الكريم بن محمد, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 693 f.

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

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