Isl. Ms. 865


Manāzil al-ḥajj,[1219?, i.e. 1804?].منازل الحج,[1219ه؟, 1804م؟].


Bandah ʻAlī ibn al-Mīrzā Khayrāt ʻAlī.بنده على بن الميرزا خيرات على.

Place/Date of Production:



38 leaves :paper ;178 x 106 (130 x 68) mm. bound to 182 x 116 mm.


Fine copy of the author's account of his pilgrimage from Baghdad to Mecca and Medina as well as holy sites in Iraq (see in al-Dharīʻah, no.6893 v.22 p.245).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on original front flyleaf (p.13):منازل الحجTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.15):رساله حجTitle from colophon on p.73:کتاب منازل الحجMANĀZILU L-HADJ̲DJ̲


Muslim pilgrims and pilgrimages--Saudi Arabia--Mecca--Early works to 1800.
Muslim pilgrims and pilgrimages--Saudi Arabia--Medina--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Mecca (Saudi Arabia)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
Medina (Saudi Arabia)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.


Arabic and Persian.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter (p.25).


"الحمد لله الذى جعل منازل الحج وسيله للشهود واكرم الحجاج من سائر قافله الوجود الذى انزل فى شان الكعبه ... اما بعد بر ارباب الباب مخفى و محتجب ...که سیاح بلاد باصلاح و سداد خیر ... عبارت ازام القری مکه و حجاز و بطحی باشد "


"این حروف باین جهت بشرح آنها نپرداخت"


"تمت تمام شد کتاب منازل الحج و بتاریخ هفدهم جمادی الاول سنه ۱۲۱۹ هجری از تحریر فراغ یافت"


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Physical Details:

ii, ii, 3 IV(24), III (30), 2 II(38), ii, ii ; chiefly quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of black strokes, upper outer corner of right-hand leaf, lower outer corner of left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in greyish black ink, Western numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts, flyleaves and added leaves).


Written in 11 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq ; large, elegant hand ; serifless with slight effect of words descending to baseline, some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots.


Keywords rubricated or overlined in red.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct, some curving) and chain lines faintly visible, cloudy formation, quite sturdy, dark cream in color, well-burnished ; some pest damage.


Boards covered in mauve paper (blotched design evoking marbling) with red-brown leather over spine and board corners (half binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted laid paper ; head edge of text block gilt ; spine gold-stamped with title "MS. | MANĀZILU L-HADJ̲DJ̲" ; sewn in white thread over four recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands in green, red and white stripes ; overall in good condition ; original cover material has been bound in (see pp.11-12, etc. and note on upper pastedown).

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip of paper with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" (pp.1-2) -- b. Slip of paper with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report' (pp.3-4) -- c. Slip of paper with notes describing contents in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "MO 13 Manāzil al-ḥajj | copied in 1219 (The date of composition)" (pp.5-6).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 14


As appears in colophon on p.73, transcription [and composition ?] completed 17 Jumādá I 1219 [ca. 24 August 1804]. As appears in opening matter on p.25, date of composition appears to be represented by a chronogram, the value of which has been entered as ۱۲۱۹ below "جادۀ آخرت" (which would actually seem to have a value of 1214 or 1216). Paper, etc. do suggest 19th century for date of transcription.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in ink on upper pastedown "F. E. Nuttall | Bought of Luzac's, Summer 1913. Rebound by Menzies, Oct. 1914. Three sections of 8 leaves and one of 6, besides flyleaves. | The inner and outer leaves of the covers were soaked off the boards, pasted together, and bound in. The boards, which were found to consist of fragments of written paper, have been preserved separately. All has been bound up as before, except that eight leaves of writing paper have by mistake been bound in between p. [59] and the flyleaf" ; former inventory marks on front flyleaf (p.12) ; occasional glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī. al-Dharīʻah ilá taṣānīf al-Shīʻah,no.6893 v.22 p.245

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Posted by evyn on February 2, 2011
Tags: Arabic MSS, F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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