Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 364

Title:

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

Author:

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

Place/Date of Production:

[17--?].

Size:

234 leaves :paper ;218 x 142 (169 x 70) mm.

Summary:

Elegant copy of a selection from the collected poems of Mīrzā Muḥammad ʻAlī Ṣāʼib Tabrīzī (d. between 1080/1669-70 and 1088/1677-8).

Other Title(s):

ديوان صائب

Subject(s):

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

Genre:

Headpieces (layout features)18th century.

Language:

Persian.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.

Incipit:

"عمر من در سایه آن قامت دلجو گذشت از چنان حیرت فرا سروی چسان این جو گذشت ..."

Explicit:

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Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

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

Physical Details:
Collation:

i, V-1 (9), 5 V(59), V+2 (71), 14 V(211), IV+2 (221), IV (229), III-1 (234), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.

Layout:

Written mainly in 23 lines per page with written area divided to two columns, headings centered in written area and a variable number of lines glossing the margins ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Nastaʻlīq (talik) with some element of shikastah (شكسته نستعليق) ; elegant, compact Ottoman hand in a medium line ; serifless, with marked effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, elongated horizontal strokes, final nūn often reversed or recurved.

Decoration:

Superbly executed illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche (oriented vertically) set in a scalloped dome overlaid with exquisite swirling floral vegetal motifs in shades of pink, blue, red-orange, yellow, white and gold on grounds of black, gold and slate blue with turquoise accents, all set in a well of narrow gold bands flanking a heavy light blue band with dark blue crosses and surmounted by a row of vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and red ; second illuminated headpiece at opening of final section on p.534 (opens "نه احتیاج که ساقی ویرا شراب سنکا ..."), consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche surmounted by scalloped dome overlaid with elegant floral vegetal motifs in gold with white, turquoise, and red accents on a gold ground, all set in a well of narrow gold bands flanking a heavy light blue band with dark blue crosses and surmounted by a row of vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and red ; written area throughout surrounded by gold frame with narrow gold bands defining divisions within ; red rule border defines margin ; headings, keywords and some marginalia rubricated ; occasional textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.

Support:

European laid paper of perhaps a few types ; mainly with 11-12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20-22 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of grapes (raisin) below cartouche and crown (see p.84, 104, 122, 124, 198, 199, etc.) ; another type with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of lion statant guardant (see p.280-281, 384-385, etc.) ; another type with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of a lion [?] passant with curled tail ; all thin and crisp though sturdy, well-sized and burnished to glossy, mainly light cream in color with a few leaves tinted pink, yellow, etc.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in tan leather ; Type II binding (with flap, now detached) ; doublures in red-brown leather with central lozenge and pendants outlined in gold and flecked with silver, as well as gold-tooled border and rosette and stroke accents ; upper and lower covers carry exquisite stamped (with gold-painted red leather recessed onlays) central lozenge and pendants (filled with symmetrical vegetal design incorporating cloud bands, red-painted, compare Déroche class. NSd), along with gold-tooled accents and a heavy guilloché roll border in gold ; design continues on flap ; edges of text block gold-painted with vegetal designs ; sewn in pink thread, two stations, sewing failing ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, damaged with core of headband exposed ; overall in somewhat poor condition with flap fully detached, lifting and losses of spine leather and lining, minor pest damage at spine, spine split through toward center of text block, minor abrasion, staining, etc. ; repair to upper joint in mauve textile ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip of paper with descriptive notes in pen in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "364 | Dīvān of Ṣāʼib | Probably late 18th century | Contemporary binding | Copied probably in Turkey" (not paginated) -- b. Numerous inserts carrying excerpts and glosses (paginated pp.5-6, 9-10, 15-16, 19-20, 25-26, 29-30, 33-34, 39-40, 45-46, 51-52, 55-56, 63-64, 77-78, 91-92, 97-98, 151-152, 163-164, 169-170, 173-174, 179-180, 183-184, 187-188, 189-190, 193-194, 205-206, 209-210, 213-214, 217-218, 221-222, 225-226, 235-236, 241-242, 247-248, 253-254, 257-258, 363-366, 493-494, etc.).

Former Shelfmarks:

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Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. would suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil "L# 2 1/2" on verso of front flyleaf ; on 'title page' (p.1), ownership statement in name of Sayyid Ḥumaydī [Ḥamīdī] (سيد حميدى ), inscription reads "استصحبه الفقير سيد حميدى [؟] ... الله له" as well as large oval seal impression and large circular seal impression, both virtually effaced ; further verses included as extensive glosses in the margins.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

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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. 693 ff.

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

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