Isl. Ms. 311


Kitāb-i Gulshan-i rāz,[late 18th or 19th century?].کتاب گلشن راز[پایان قرن 18 یا قرن 19م؟].


Shabistarī, Maḥmūd ibn ʻAbd al-Karīm,d. ca. 1320.شبسترى, محمود بن عبد الكريم.

Place/Date of Production:



50 leaves :paper ;159 x 1104 (121 x 57) mm. bound to 162 x 104 mm.


Fine copy of the Gulshān-i Rāz, the well-known Ṣūfī mas̲navī of Maḥmūd ibn ʻAbd al-Karīm ibn Yaḥyā al-Shabistarī (d. ca. 1320).

Other Title(s):

Gulshan-i Rāzگلشن رازكلشن رازكتاب كلشن راز


Sufi poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry--747-1500.
Masnavis, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).


"بنام آنكه جان را فكرت آموخت چراغ دل بنور حكمت افروخت ..."


"بنام خویش کردم ختم پایان الهی عاقبت محمود گردان پند ... به کس مپسند آنچت نیست درخور مسلمانی همین است ای برادر م م م م م م م م م م م م م"


Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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Physical Details:

6 IV(48), I (50) ; quaternions followed by a single bifolium ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 21 lines per page, with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Shikastah (shikastah-nastaʻlīq / شكسته نستعليق ) ; elegant hand ; freely ligatured, with effect of words descending to baseline, elongated ’horizontal’ strokes, etc.


Written area surrounded by frame consisting of red, turquoise, and gold bands with outermost blue rule, columns within and outer margin defined by narrow gold bands outlined by black fillets ; section headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct and straight) and no chain lines visible, quite crisp, thin and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished, off-white to gray in color.


Pasteboards covered in black leather now with tan leather over spine and edges/turn-ins (leather faced and edged framed binding formed by turned-out doublures) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in red-brown leather ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (with now green onlays) scalloped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition) and pendants, as well as a tooled border framing central area and over edging ; sewn in light red thread, six stations incorporating primaries ; worked chevron endbands in light red and spring green, fair condition ; overall in fairly good condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc. though ill-fitting (too tall, etc.).

Former Shelfmarks:

"364 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper would suggest late 18th or 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) "364 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; partially effaced inscription on verso of final leaf (p.100) ; relatively clean copy.

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.608 f.

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

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