Isl. Ms. 285


[Dīvān-i ʻĀshiq,1232, i.e. 1817].[دیوان عاشق,1232ه, 1817م].


ʻĀshiq Iṣfahānī, Muḥammad,d. 1768 or 9.عاشق اصفهاني, ,محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



272 leaves :paper ;247 x 155 (160 x 75) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Āqā Muḥammad ʻĀshiq Iṣfahānī (d.1768 or 9) opening with the ghazals.

Other Title(s):

ديوان عاشقEdge title (head):عاشق


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


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"زهی مثالی که چون جمالت نبسته نقشی زمانه زیبا بخنده شیرین ببذله شکر بغمزه لیلی بعشوه سلمی ...."


"طاقش بی رواق چشم خوبان آمد این روی که ر نشین عالم آمد ..."


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "... شهر ربيع الاول ١٢٣٢ در دار [؟] السلطنه اصفهان ... اين كتاب مستطاب ... بخط احمد [؟] جعفر ..."


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Physical Details:

34 IV(272) ; exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 16 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Shikastah (shikastah-nastaʻlīq / شكسته نستعليق ) ; elegant hand ; serifless with sweeping elongated horizontal strokes, free assimilation of letters, misplaced (or distant, or unexpectedly combined) pointing, uncurved final yāʼ, etc.


Elaborate illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ ) at opening on p.4 consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the basmalah in blue flanked by floral vegetal designs (in gold, red-orange, blue, white, etc.) on fields of blue (approaching lapis lazuli), red and gold, surmounted by large w-shaped piece filled with swirling arabesque and floral motifs in gold, red-orange, pink, white, blue, etc. on grounds of gold, red, and blue (approaching lapis lazuli), w-shaped piece bordered in a row of lozenges with similar floral vegetal design, entire piece set into a heavy well of gold interlace bordered in red bands with white accents ; illuminated marginal decoration of incipit and facing page consisting of swirling vegetal composition with large sāz leaves and floral forms in gold with black outline ; written area throughout set off with gold cloud-bands ; vegetal composition in gold fills band dividing two columns of written area or flanking centered text ; written area (and margin) framed by gold bands outlined in black fillets.


non-European (Persian) laid paper with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines only faintly visible roughly 20 mm. apart (vertical), gray in color, crisp and transluscent though sturdy, quite well-burnished ; many bifolia split ; minor pest and moisture damage.


Heavy pasteboards covered in painted lacquerwork, spine in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; two-piece binding with overlapping flanges plainly visible at spine (spine leather detaching with second layer of leather visible looking on spine from lower cover) ; doublures in fine painted lacquerwork of swirling floral vegetal composition in gold on a dark green ground surrounded by vegetal border in green and gold on a dark red ground with flanking gold fillets (composition of upper doublure mirrors that of lower doublure) ; upper and lower covers bear paintings of nearly identical floral composition in mirror image to one another on a dark red background, namely a central cluster of peonies, poppies, tulips, etc. with iris, roses, poppies, and other floral forms all in shades of pink, light blue, lavender, and white with leaves in various shades of green, and surrounded by decorative band of floral vegetal motifs on a dark green ground framed in gold-painted borders ; sewn in lime green thread, two stations, sewing failing, many gatherings loose ; worked chevron endbands in lime green and pink, fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion and losses to lacquerwork and pasteboard, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"199 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf (p.1) ; "25 /10 " inscribed in ink on 'title page' (p.3).


As appears in colophon on p.543, copied by Aḥmad Jaʻfar [?] with transcription completed Rabīʻ I 1232 [January-February 1817] in Iṣfahān.

Ownership and History:

Traces of effaced seal impressions on opening leaf (p.1) ; fairly 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.


Suppl. Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 213

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Posted by evyn on January 31, 2011
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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