Isl. Ms. 881


Ḥadāʼiq al-siyāḥah,[1274, i.e. 1857].حدایق السیاحة[1274ه, 1857م].


Shīrvānī, Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn,1780-1837 or 8.شيروانى، زين العابدين.

Place/Date of Production:



287 leaves :paper ;355 x 215 (270 x 155) mm.


Fine copy of a work by Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn al-Shīrvānī (d.1837) relating his extensive travels and Ṣūfic thought, completed in Shīrāz in 1827 before his departure on a final pilgrimage to Mecca, after completion of his Riyāz̤ al-siyāḥah (composed 1237/1821-2) and before completion of his Bustān al-siyāḥah (composed 1248/1833).

Other Title(s):

حدايق السياحةḤadāyiq al-siyāḥah


Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Shīrvānī, Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn,--1780-1837 or 8--Travel.
Islamic countries--Description and travel.
Middle East--Description and travel.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.13 and colophon on p.586.


"حدایق حمد و ثنا و ریاض سپاس بیمنتها مختص واجب الوجودی است ... اما بعد بر ر ای معرفت مد اثر ... الفقیر الحقیر الجانی بن اسکندر زین العابدین الشیروانى احسن الله الیه وغفر الله لوالدیه ... چون این مجموعه از ریاحین الطاف لطایف ... موسوم بحدایق السیاحة کردید و ذکر دیار و امصار را بترتیب حروف ..."


"با کمال لطف عالم گیر یاد"


"Authorial," triangular, in Arabic, reads "قد فرغ من تاليف هذا الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب المسمى بحدايق السياحة فى بلدة الشيراز فى يوم السبت ثمان وعشر من شهر ذيحجة الحرام اعنى فى عيد الغدير سنة اثنتين واربعين ومائتين بعد الالف من الهجرة النبوية عليه الف الف الصلوات والتحية" ; "Scribal," triangular, reads "قد كان الفراغ من استنساخه فى يويوم [يوم] الاحد ثلث من شهر جمادى الاول سنة اربع وسبعين ومائتين بعد الالف من الهجرة النبوية صلى الله عليه واله خير البريه تمت اتمام شد ..."


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Physical Details:

i, 24 IV(192), IV+1 (201), IV-2 (207), 10 IV(287), i ; exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and fyleaves and skips ahead four pages following p.15 with p.20).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; compact, elegant hand ; serifless with slight effect of words descending to baseline, some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing (two and three dots) in distinct or conjoined dots ; passages in Arabic (Qurʼānic excerpts, etc.) in a fine Persianate naskh.


Keywords and headings rubricated ; overlining in red ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas, hāʼ, etc. in red.


Wove paper ; highly sized and burnished to glossy, dark cream in color.


Pasteboards covered in tan leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings and hinges in a teal wove paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition) and pendants as well as border in blind rules ; small label on spine carries inscription in French "Dict Géographique Persan" ; sewn in dark pink and lime green thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, fairly good condition (tab extends from spine leather) ; overall in somewhat poor condition with lower cover fully detached, some abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of spine leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Scrap with title in ink "Hadīqat as-Siyāḥat" (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Recycled card with notes in handwriting of Emilie Savage-Smith [?] "Geog. dict. | colophon gives date | rubrication becomes more & more purple the more recent the MS." (paginated pp.3-4) -- c. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne? No Husselman or Meredith-Owens notes" (paginated pp.5-6).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 30


As appears in scribal colophon on p.586, transcription completed 3 Jumādá I 1274 [ca. 20 December 1857]. As appears in preceding authorial colophon (also on p.586), composition completed in Shīrāz on ʻĪd al-Ghadīr 18 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1242 [ca. 13 July 1827].

Ownership and History:

Inscription on upper board lining "her suer 1910" ; possible former inventory marks "156," "2," and "C. 7750." on verso of front flyleaf (p.8) ; inscription in brown and black ink on 'title page' (p.9), in French, reads "Hadiket elsiahat | Dictionnaire géographique de il Djāni ibn Iskender zen ol abidin el shirvāni - 1242 H | copié sur le manuscrit-original à Tehéran en 1274 H = 1857 A D." ; traces of words to be rubricated provided in margins (mainly cut off).

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.


Richard, Y. "Zayn al- ʻĀbidīn SHīrwānī," in EI2,vol. XI, p.484, col. 1

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

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