Isl. Ms. 876


[Shajarat al-amānī va Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid,19th century?].[شجرت الامانى و رساله زبدة القواعد,قرن 19م؟].


Qatīl, Muḥammad Ḥasan.قتيل، محمد حسن.

Place/Date of Production:



41 leaves :paper ;211-216 x 145-151 (180 x 95, 150 x 100) mm. bound to 223 x 158 mm.


Careful composite copy of two concise grammatical treatises, Shajarat alamānī, a work on Persian grammar and rhetoric by Muḥammad Ḥasan Dihlavī, known as Qatīl (d.1817), and Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid, a work on Persian grammar attributed to one Mīr Mahdī.

Other Title(s):

Shadjaratu l-amani va Zubdatu l-qawa'idZubdat al-qavāʻidزبدت القواعدرساله زبده القواعد


Persian language--Grammar.
Persian language--Rhetoric.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. composite codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from opening matter of first work on p.12 and of second work on p.43.


[Shajarat al-amānī ] "فصيح ترين كلامى كه از جوش صفا گوهر شاهوار و لولوى آبدار را در عرق خجالت ... قتيل زوليده بيان كويد كه اين مختصر مسمى بشجرة الامانى سطرى جند است ..." ; [Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid] "الحمد لله رب العالمين رضوان [؟] الله على رسوله محمد خان المرسلين ... اما بعد اين رساله زبدة القواعد قليل الحجم كثير الفوائد ... بالتقصير [؟] مير مهدى ..."


[Shajarat al-amānī ] "بلاغت از مقلدان ربوده تمام شد" ; [Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid] "حلقۀ طوق مكر ساخت تمت تمام شد تم تم تم تم تم تم تم"


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1. p.12-p.33 : Shajarat al-amānī / Muḥammad Ḥasan Qatīl.
2. p.34-p.42 : [blank, apart from abandoned opening on p.34].
3. p.43-p.66 : Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid / Mīr Mahdī [?].
4. p.68 : [blank].
5. p.69 : [fragments carrying descriptions].
6. p.70-92 : [blank].

Physical Details:

iv, IV (8), IV-4 (12), II (16), IV (24), II+1 (29), 2 (31), V (41), i ; mainly quaternions ; blank leaves added at opening and close of codex (including final quinion), as well as between the two works ; catchwords present ; pagination in black ink, Western numerals (distinct for each text) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes most inserts and central added leaves).


Written in 19-20 and 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq and taʻlīq with elements of shikastah ; two elegant hands ; opening work in a compact nastaʻlīq, serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes or conjoined dots ; second work in a taʻlīq with elements of shikastah, partially seriffed with left slopin head-serifs, leftward foot on alif, many swooping descenders (some recurved or reversed), effect of words descending to baseline, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, somewhat freely ligatured.


Section headings and keywords rubricated.


non-European laid (likely Persian or Indian) paper of two main types ; opening work on a type with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly indistinct, curving) and no chain lines plainly visible, quite cloudy formation, thin and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream in color ; second work on a type with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly indistinct, curving) and irregular chain lines faintly visible (see p.84), cloudy formation, inclusions and fibers visible, thin and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished, beige in color ; added / replacement leaves in European wove paper.


Boards covered in mauve paper (in blotched design evoking marbling) with brown leather over spine and board corners (half binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in 'marbled' wove paper (mainly in beige and blue) ; spine gold-stamped with title "SHADJARATU L-AMĀNĪ VA ZUBDATU L-QAWĀʻID" ; sewn in cream thread over recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands in red, blue-green and white ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion of leather at spine and board edges.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with description in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "MO II PERSIAN | Shajarat al-amānī. Rules of grammar explained in Persian followed by a similar work entitled Zubdat al-qawāʻid." (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Recycled card with note in hand of Emilie Savage-Smith [?] "binding by Menzies, London, 1914" (paginated pp.3-4) -- c. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" (paginated pp.5-6) -- d. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" (paginated pp.7-8) -- e. Tag with "#9" -- f. Slip torn from a ruled notebook tipped-in describing second work with title, author, etc. in black ink "فارسى نثر زبدة القواعد يعنى [؟] خلاصه قواعد صرف فارسى تاليف مير مهدى ..."

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 25


Lacks dated colophon ; hand, paper, etc. suggest 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Two fragments from original leaf affixed to added leaf at close (p.69) carry title and author of second work and description of another in both brown ink "3. Risala Khawaid by Meer Mehdee [?] | 3. A Persian grammar in Persian of no great repute" ; back flyleaf stamped in black ink "FAZAKERLEY BINDER" ; glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Mīr Mahdī.--Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid.
05--مير مهدى.--رساله زبدة القواعد.
Zubdat al-qavāʻidزبدت القواعدرساله زبده القواعد


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Former Owner(s):

Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner.

Related Works:

Risālah-i Zubdat al-qavāʻid.رساله زبدة القواعد.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.

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Posted by evyn on January 31, 2011
Tags: F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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