Isl. Ms. 316


Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ,[920?, i.e. 1514 or 1515?].دیوان حافظ,[920ه؟, 1514 یا 1515م؟].


Ḥāfiẓ,14th cent.حافظ.

Place/Date of Production:

[1514 or 1515?].


171 leaves :paper ;245 x 157 (131 x 74) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of the masterful poet Ḥāfiẓ (Khvājah Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī, d.1390?).

Other Title(s):

DīvānديوانTitle from colophon on p.314:لسان الغیبLisān al-ghaybديوان حافظلسان الغيب


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




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


"حمد بیحد و ثناى بیعد و سپاس بیقیاس حضرت خداوند یرا که جمیع دیوان حافظان ارزاق ..."


"فروغ نور ازآن فرخنده مرقد"


"Scribal," triangular, mainly in Arabic, reads "قد وقع الفراغ من تحرير هذه الديوان الموسوم بلسان الغيب من كلام افصح الفصحاء واملح البلغاء حافظ شمس الدين محمد الشيرازى غفر الله له سنه ٩٢٠ [?]"


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Physical Details:

ii, II (4), I (6), 9 IV(78), 2 III(90), V (100), II (104), 8 IV(168), I+1 (171), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 14 lines per page ; written area often divided to two columns to set-off poetry ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; compact, elegant hand ; serifless, with characteristic effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of preface on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with now empty gold cartouche flanked by four-lobed pendants and all surrounded by floral vegetal motifs in gold, blue, white, red, yellow, red and lavender on a field of blue (approaching lapis lazuli) with white, green, gold and blue borders, surmounted by scalloped w-shaped piece filled with swirling floral vegetal design in gold, blue, white, red, yellow, red and lavender on fields of blue (approaching lapis lazuli) and gold, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with gold chī cloud accents ; illuminated marginal decoration in the form of swirling vegetal composition with large floral motifs all in gold with red accents, varying double page after double page ; additional exquisite illuminated headpieces at opening of dīvān on p.10 and at section opening on p.26 ; written area throughout surrounded by a frame in gold and turquoise bands defined by black fillets and outer blue and red rules ; text of incipit and facing page set off with gold cloud-bands ; keywords chrysographed ; occasional floral accents in gold, red and blue appear between divided columns of text or to the side ; illuminated tailpiece following colophon on p.341 consisting of an inverted triangular shaped piece heavy gold vegetal composition on a dark red ground with flanking swirling floral accents in gold and red.


non-European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, quite indistinct) and no chain lines apparent, sturdy and well-burnished ; some staining and pest damage.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures (and flyleaves) in magenta-tinted laid paper with gold-painted and gold-flecked central rectangular panel and gold-painted border ; upper and lower covers carry recessed, stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition with chī clouds, compare Déroche class. NSd) with pendants and cornerpieces as well as tooled border ; edges of text block gilt ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in purple and golden yellow, in poor condition with headband damaged and tailband gone ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, pest damage, lifting of leather, boards detaching, spine leather and lining detached, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in a different hand following colophon on p.341, transcription possibly completed 920 [?] [1514 or 15 ?] ; decoration, paper, etc. appear to confirm dating of early 16th century or even late 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "193 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; on 'title page' (p.1), traces of several former owners' marks including octagonal and oval seal impressions and statements ; collation statement on 'title page' (p.1) reads "اوراق عدد ۱۶۸" ; occasional marginal glosses and corrections.

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.627 ff.

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

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