Isl. Ms. 343


[Dīvān-i Kamāl,905, i.e. 1499 or 1500].[دیوان کمال905ه، 1499 یا 1500م].


Kamāl Khujandī,d. ca. 1400.كمال خجندى.

Place/Date of Production:

[Qazvīn,1499 or 1500].


154 leaves :paper ;220 x 135 (148 x 66) mm.


Elegant copy of a selection of the collected poems of Kamāl Khujandī (d.1400 or 1).

Other Title(s):

ديوان كمال


Persian poetry--747-1500.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)15th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"اقتتاح سخن آن به که کندن اهل کمال بثنای ملک الملک خدای متعال ..."


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"Scribal," mainly in Arabic, reads "تم الكتاب بدار الموحدين قزوين سنه خمس وتسعمايه م"


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Physical Details:

ii, IV-1 (7), 18 IV(151), I+1 (154), ii ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in roughly 15 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.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche and flanking pieces overlaid and surrounded with swirling arabesques and floral motifs in shades of gold, red, orange, and pink on fields of lapis lazuli, surrounded by border of turquoise interlace and surmounted by another rectangular piece carrying a row of intertwining arabesque and chī clouds with floral motifs (all in green, lavender, orange, and pink) on a gold ground, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area surrounded by gold frame with defining black fillets and outermost blue rule, columns within also defined by gold rules ; written area gold-flecked ; interlinear glosses rubricated.


non-European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical, indistinct) and no chain lines clearly visible, quite thin and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream in color ; endleaves in European laid paper ; some staining and tide lines.


Pasteboards now fully covered in spring-green silk faced / backed with paper (covered boards faced and lined, i.e. silk fully wraps apparently already leather-faced boards as with an overcover / slipcover, compare Isl. Ms. 341) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; flyleaves in yellow surface-dyed and gold-flecked European laid paper (scrollwork with tower at center and "CENEDA" below in back flyleaf [?]) ; upper and lower covers bear traces of stamped mandorlas beneath the textile ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and yellow, fairly good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting and losses of cloth and paper, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"486 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "١٣٥" on recto of front flyleaf.


As appears in colophon on p.307, copied in Qazvīn in 905 [1499 or 1500].

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil "486 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on verso of front flyleaf (added with its conjugate leaf affixed to the 'title page') ; traces of a large circular seal impression on the 'title page' (now obscured, having been affixed to the preceding leaf) visible at opening (p.2) ; some interlinear glosses in red ink.

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.632 f. ; 734

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

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