Isl. Ms. 342


[Dīvān-i Ṣāʼib,1106, i.e. 1695].[دیوان صائب,1106ه, 1695م].


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

Place/Date of Production:



212 leaves :paper ;176 x 105 (117 x 55) mm.


Elegant copy of the collected poems (mainly qaṣīdahs and ghazals) of Mīrzā Muḥammad ʻAlī Ṣāʼib (d. between 1080/1669-70 and 1088/1677-8).

Other Title(s):

Title from illuminated headpiece at opening on p.2:قصاید صایبديوان صائب


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


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"تا نگردیدست خورشید قیامت آشکار مشت آبی زن بروی خود ز چشم اشکبار..."


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"Scribal," mainly in Arabic, reads "تمت الغزليات قدوة المتأخرين حضرت صايب الملقب به مستعد خان سلمه الله تعالى بتاريخ شهر ذي حجه الحرام سنه ۱۰۶ كتبه الفقير مقصود على شيرازى تم"


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Physical Details:

ii, IV-1 (7, opening leaf pasted down), 16 IV(135), III (141), 8 IV(205), IV-1 (212), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between p.215-216).


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


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


Splendid illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of qaṣāyid on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying title in white ("قصاید صایب سلمه الله تعالى") surrounded by elegant vegetal composition in gold, orange-red, yellow, lavender, white, etc. on fields of lapis lazuli, red, and turquoise with white and black accents, surmounted by w-shaped piece filled with swirling vegetal composition in gold, orange-red, yellow, white, lavender, turquoise, etc. on fields of lapis lazuli and gold, all set in a well of blue, red and white ; incipit and facing page carry fine illuminated marginal decoration consisting of swirling vegetal compositionwith sāz leaves and floral motifs mainly in gold with lapis lazuli, red and turquoise accents ; text of incipit and facing page set off by gold cloud-bands ; written area (including columns within) throughout surrounded by gold frame defined by black and outermost blue fillets ; another splendid illuminated headpiece at opening of ghazalīyāt on p.16 (with written area, mounted in replacement leaf).


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and no chain lines clearly visible, cloudy formation, well-burnished, thin and transluscent, crisp though sturdy ; in latter quires, another type with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, more distinct, curved) and irregular chain lines in pairs (see p.222, etc.).


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather (pebbled, in style of shagreen) with red-brown leather over edges / spine (possibly repairs or at least added later) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in dark red brown leather with central mandorla in gold-painted filigree appliqué (composition with two birds) over blue paper as well as pendants and gold-painted border ; outermost flyleaves in marbled paper (mainly blue and green) ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (with recessed onlays) and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition having crane-like bird at center) and pendants, as well as tooled and gold-painted borders ; now sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, quite good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with upper cover fully detached at joint, lower cover almost fully detached at joint, much abrasion, some lifting and losses of leather (filigree, etc.) ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon on p.421, copied by Maqṣūd ʻAlī Shīrāzī with transcription completed in Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1106 [July-August 1695].

Ownership and History:

Book price on flyleaf / 'title page' (now affixed to each other, p.1) ; traces of former owners' marks under leaf now affixed over 'title page' (p.1) ; occasional interlinear and marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Maqṣūd ʻAlī Shīrāzī, fl. 1693, scribe. 05 مقصود على شيرازى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


University of Michigan Library. Manuscripts & papyri : an exhibition arranged for the XXVII International Congress of Orientalists, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 13-19, 1967. (Ann Arbor, MI [?], 1967),no.34, p.9Cat. 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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