Isl. Ms. 335


[Kullīyāt-i Vaḥshī,17th century?].[کلیات وحشی,قرن 17م؟].


Vaḥshī Bāfqī,d. 1583.وحشی بافقی.

Place/Date of Production:



262 leaves :paper ;223 x 135 (144 x 66-74) mm.


Elegant copy of the collected poetic works (dīvān) of Vaḥshī Bāfqī (d.1583), opening with his mas̲navī Farhād va Shīrīn.

Other Title(s):

PoemsEdge title (tail):كليات وحشى


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


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الهی سینۀ ده آتش افروز در ان سینه دلی و ان دل همه سوز ..."


"یا صاحب ننگ و نام می باید بود یا شهره خاص و عام می باید بود القصه کمال جهد می باید کرد در وادی خود تمام می باید بود"


"Scribal," triangular, mainly in Arabic, reads "تمت الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب على يد اضعف العباد محمد الشهير بعطرى غفر ذنوبه تم تم"


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Physical Details:

ii, V-1 (9), 4 V(49), IV (57), 20 V(257), II-1+2 (262), ii ; chiefly quinions ; leaves between sections (see pp.85, 135-137, 348-351) and final leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 13 lines per page, with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Ottoman hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Superbly executed illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with central gold cartouche (empty) surrounded by swirling floral vegetal decoration in gold, pink, yellow, red, and light blue on lapis lazuli and gold (evoking book cover design), bordered in a dark blue / lapis band with white accents and surmounted by a row of gold lozenges filled with similar floral vegetal decoration itself surmounted a light blue band separating it from a scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) carrying the same manner of swirling floral vegetal decoration on fields of gold and lapis lazuli, all set in a well of red with white accents and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in dark blue ; additional exquisite headpieces at openings of other sections (see pp.86, 138, 352) ; written area throughout surrounded by frame consisting of a heavy gold band defined by black fillets, rules defining columns within also in gold.


non-European laid paper of perhaps a few types ; mainly non-European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal or vertical) and occasional chain lines visible (even in pairs, see p.136), heavily sized and burnished, medium cream in color, quite sturdy / dense and fairly thick ; leaf carrying pp.349-350 delaminating ; added / replacement leaves at close in European laid paper with "TSC" or "TSG" (possibly below an eagle, see p.520-524) ; repairs.


Pasteboards covered in dark maroon leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in pink coated and textured paper (embossed in a repeating leaf pattern) ; upper and lower covers carry central gold-painted spray of leaves and flowers set in a rectangular panel defined by gold fillets with tooled rosette accent cornerpieces and tooled border in gold ; text block edges gold-painted in vegetal designs ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and red, good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with loss of flap, much abrasion, some staining, lifting of leather, etc. ; some subtle repairs to spine.

Former Shelfmarks:

"107 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


As appears in colophon on p.519, copied by one Muḥammad, known as ʻIṭrī (Mehmet Itri). Date of transcription is not specified though paper, decoration etc. may suggest 17th or even late 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "107 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; effaced seal impression on p.3 ; collation statement in margin of p.346 "اوراق عدد ١٠٦" and p.518 (deliberately covered by paper fill) ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Mehmet Itri, scribe. 05 محمد عطری, 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. 663 f.

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

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