Isl. Ms. 352


Shāhid-i Ṣādiq,[1297, i.e. 1880].شاهد صادق,[1297ه, 1880م].


Ṣādiq Iṣfahānī, Muḥammad Ṣādiq ibn Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ,1609 or 10-1650 or 51.صادق اصفهانى, محمد صادق ابن محمد صالح.

Place/Date of Production:



344 leaves :paper ;226 x 150 (166 x 81) mm.


Fine, though acephalous, copy of extracts, anecdotes and miscellaneous notices by Muḥammad Ṣādiq ibn Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ al-Iṣfahānī al-Āzādānī (d.1650 or 51). Author's contents listing in opening matter (pp.11-16).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):شاهد صادقEdge title (head):شاهد صادق


Persian prose literature--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.11.


"حالات با خود گفتم ..."


"یونین بضم یا و سکون واو و کسر نون وسکون یاء تحتانیه و نون موضعی است بشام"


"Authorial," reads " تصنيف اين كتاب بتاريخ هزار و پنجاه و نه ۱۰۵۹ در يمده [مدينه ؟] اكبر اباد در زمان شاه شجاع بهادر اتفاق افتاد" ; "Scribal," reads "الحقير الفقير محمد خير شاهى [؟] ۱٥ شهر ذي الحجه الحرام سنه ۱۲۹۷"


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Physical Details:

II (4), 42 IV(340), 2 I (344) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; several leaves ruled but left blank (see pp.9-10, 17, 44, 254, 460, 681-682, etc.) or partially blank (likely for diagrams / illustrations never realized, see p.27, 28, 43, 253, 270, 445, 456, 459, 497, 513, etc.) ; twenty pages (p.[]-p.534) ruled for tables but left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes leaves serving as flyleaves at opening and close and skips two pages between pp.515-516).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; quite compact, elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes ; Arabic excerpts in a compact naskh.


Keywords, numerals and section headings rubricated (words to be entered in red have been provided in the outer margins, mainly cut off, but in a few instances still visible, see p.41, 42, etc.) ; written area surrounded by frame in "gold" accented with red rules ; margin also surrounded by red rule-border ; overlining in red ; occasional textual dividers in the form of inverted commas ; several diagrams, mainly in red and black (see p.265, 289, 431, 432, 433, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 442, 443, 444).


European wove paper, dark cream in color, quite well-burnished, thin and crisp though sturdy ; leaves at opening and close (serving as flyleaves) also in highly burnished wove paper but of a lighter color ; breakthrough at frames in leaves carrying p.679-682.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type III binding (without flap), two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; doublures in dark gray leather ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition) with pendants, as well as tooled border and accents ; sewn in lime green and red (final few gatherings) thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in lime green and light red, good condition (protected by tabs extending from spine leather) ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion and staining, spine curved and fore edge protruding, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Scrap of tinted and block-printed paper with excerpts (proverb "الدهر ثلاثة ايام يوم قد مضى لا يعود اليك ويوم انت فيه لا يدوم عليك ..." etc.) in black ink (between pp.436-437).

Former Shelfmarks:

"505 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" and "۹" inscribed in pencil on recto of opening leaf (serving as flyleaf, p.1) ; "15/6" and "٢٥" (with numeral khamsah looking like reversed B) inscribed in ink also on opening leaf recto (serving as flyleaf, p.1).


As appears in colophon on p.680, copied by Muḥammad Khayrʹshāhī [?] with transcription completed 15 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1297 [ca. 18 November 1880]. As appears in preceding 'authorial colophon' (also on p.680), composition supposedly completed in 1059 [1649] in Akbarʹābād (Agra) in the time of Shāh Shujāʻ.

Ownership and History:

Several inventory marks and a few excerpts on recto of opening leaf (serving as flyleaf, p.1) and following leaf (p.3) ; oval seal impression in margin on p.12 ; occasional marginal corrections ; notabilia (sideheads) indicating chapter or section appear in the upper outer corner of most leaves.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Muḥammad Khayrʹshāhī, fl. 1880, scribe. 05 محمد خير شاهى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.775 f.

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

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