Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 352

Title:

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

Author:

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

Place/Date of Production:

[1880].

Size:

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

Summary:

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

Subject(s):

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

Language:

Persian.

Notes:

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

Incipit:

"حالات با خود گفتم ..."

Explicit:

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

Colophon:

"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"

Dedication:

Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!

Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

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).

Layout:

Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

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.

Decoration:

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).

Support:

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.

Binding:

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).

Origin:

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):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Scribe(s):

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.

References:

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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