Isl. Ms. 847


[Dīvān-i Azraqī Haravī,1205?, i.e. 1790 or 1791?].[ديوان ازرقى هروى,1205ه؟، 1790 يا 1791م؟].


Azraqī Haravī,11th cent.ازرقى هروى.

Place/Date of Production:

[1790 or 1791?].


76 leaves :paper ;206 x 138 (135 x 65) mm.


Exquisite copy of a portion of the Dīvān of Ḥakīm Azraqī Haravī, Zayn al-Dīn Abū Bakr (d. before 1073).

Other Title(s):



Persian poetry--747-1500.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"ز نور قبه زرين آينه تمثال زمين تفته فرو پوشد آتشين سربال ..."


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Physical Details:

IV+1 (9), 4 IV(41), V (51), IV (59), IV+1 (68), IV (76) ; chiefly quaternions ; final four leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (includes flyleaves).


Written in 12 lines per page, with written area divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, mainly closed counters, somewhat casually pointed, occasionally more freely ligatured as in shikastah.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral designs in gold, red, orange, yellow, and light blue on a blue ground, surmounted by vertically elongated scalloped w-shaped piece filled with swirling floral vegetal design in gold, pink, light blue, green, orange, etc. on fields of gold and blue, all set in an elaborate well of heavy gold interlace and red bands with white scroll accents, defined by white and gold bands ; incipit and facing page (pp.4-5) carry splendid illuminated marginal decoration consisting of swirling floral vegetal designs with blossoms and saz leaves in gold with black outline and accents in shades of pink, orange, blue, and white ; written area of incipit and facing page accented by gold cloud-bands and vegetal decoration setting off the two columns within ; written area (as well as divisions within and margins) throughout surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct) and occasional single chain lines visible, gray / off-white in tone, thin and transluscent though sturdy, quite glossy.


Boards covered in dark green leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in golden yellow paper ; upper and lower covers carry gold-painted floral cornerpieces and gold-tooled border in a series of striated s-shaped stamps ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dark blue and yellow, good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with only minor abrasion.

Former Shelfmarks:

"۲۰۸" in black ink on front flyleaf (p.1).


As appears at close on p.143, transcription possibly completed in 1205 [1790 or 91] ; decoration, paper, etc. also suggest late 18th century.

Ownership and History:

"SS" gold-stamped on upper cover ; Bookplate on upper board lining with etching of Stephen Spaulding by W. H. W. Bicknell (d.1947), reads "In Memory of | STEPHEN SPAULDING | 1907-1925 | CLASS of 1927 | UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN | W H W Bicknell 1927" ; on 'title page' (p.3), accession details in pencil "MS & Papyri Rm | Stephen Spaulding Mem coll | Halliwill [?] | 11-25-44 | SS1957" ; on back flyleaf (p.152), rectangular seal impression apparently dated 1274 [1857 or 8] in name of one Ḥusayn ʻAllām ( حسين علام ), inscription reads "لا اله الا الله الملك الحق المبين عبده حسين علام ۱۲۷۴" ; fairly clean copy.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Stephen Spaulding Collection.


Browne,ii, 323Rypka,p.195Massé, H. "Azraḳī, Zayn al-Dīn Abū Bakr b. Ismāʿīl al-Warrāḳ." In EI2,vol. I, p.827, col. 1

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Posted by evyn on December 7, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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