Isl. Ms. 868


Dīvān-i Ẓahīr Fāryābī,[18th century?].دیوان ظهیر فریابی,[قرن 18م؟].


Ẓahīr Fāryābī, Abū al-Faz̤l Ṭāhir ibn Muḥammad,d. 1201 or 2.ظهير فاريابى، ابو الفضل طاهر بن محمد.

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142 leaves :paper ;215 x 135 (130 x 75) mm. bound to 226 x 146 mm.


Fine though fragmentary copy of the Dīvān of the court poet Ẓahīr al-Dīn Abū al-Faz̤l Ṭāhir ibn Muḥammad al-Fāryābī (d.1201).

Other Title(s):

Poemsديوان ظهير فريابىZAHĪR AD-DĪN FĀRYĀBĪ


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




Ms. codex.
Title from inscriptions on 'title page' (p.13).


"طغرل بن ارسلان ملک الشعرا ظهیر الدین فی مدح السلطان چو زهره وقت صبوح از افق بسازد جنگ زمانه راست [تیز] کند ناله مرا آهنگ ..."


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Physical Details:

iii, IV+1-3+3 (9), 9 IV(81), II (85), IV+1 (94), 2 IV(110), IV-2+2 (118), 3 IV(142), i ; original fragment almost exclusively quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of black strokes, lower outer corner of right-hand leaf, upper outer corner of left-hand leaf ; numerous blank replacement leaves have been inserted where original fragment was lacking ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (upper outer corner of verso of each original leaf) ; foliation in black ink, Western numerals (in upper margin of verso of each original leaf) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts, flyleaves and added leaves and mistakenly skips ahead four pages following p.15 with p.20).


Written mainly in 15 lines per page, with written area divided to two columns ; decorative layout toward the latter part of the work with fewer lines and every other line on the diagonal (see p.243, etc.).


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless with effect of tilt to the right and of words descending to baseline, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots, quite rounded ; headings in a large, elegant naskh.


Section headings rubricated.


non-European laid paper (much repaired) with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, indistinct, some curving) and chain lines faintly visible, cloudy formation, sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream in color ; flyleaves and replacement leaves in European laid paper ; some pest damage.


Boards covered in red cloth with dark red-orange leather over spine and board corners (half binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a sponge 'marbled' (mottled, cloudy appearance) laid paper in shades of red, pink and yellow ; head edge of text block gilt ; spine carries raised bands and gold-stamped "ZAHĪR AD-DĪN FĀRYĀBĪ | MS." ; sewn in white thread over five recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands in dark green ; overall in good condition.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with description (in hand of E. Husselman ?) "Z̤ahīr, Abū Naṣr, Fāryābī | Dīvān. | n. f. in Mich. MSS." (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" (paginated pp.3-4) -- c. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) Husselman notes" (paginated pp.5-6).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 17


Lacks dated colophon ; hand, paper, etc. may suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Notes and poetic excerpts on 'title page' (p.13) ; back flyleaf stamped in black ink "J. ADAMS MANCHESTER" ; occasional marginal 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.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.562 f.

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

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H. Mottaghi on whole page :

Be say: this Divan collected, intrudocted and written by Shams al-Din Sojasi (d. 602 AH), I don’t sure but I heared, i think you most research about this topic is that right?

March 7, 2012 2:12 pm

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