Isl. Ms. 883


ʻAyn al-bukāʼ,[1242, i.e. 1827].عین البکاء,[1242ه, 1827م].


Burūjirdī, Muḥammad Taqī ibn Aḥmad,fl. 17th cent.بروجردى, محمد تقى بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:



213 leaves :paper ;297 x 200 (235 x 145) mm.


Fine copy of what is apparently the abridgment (mukhtaṣar) of the author's work on the martyrdom of Imām Ḥusayn.

Other Title(s):

Title from spine label:عین بکا خطیTitle from colophon on p.433:کتاب عین البکاTitle in al-Dharīʻah (Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī):لب عين البكاءLubb ʻAyn al-bukāʼعين البكاء


Karbalāʼ, Battle of, Karbalāʼ, Iraq, 680--Early works to 1800.
Imams (Shiites)--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Martyrdom--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Shīʻah--History--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ḥusayn ibn ʻAlī,--d. 680--Death and burial--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.13.


"الحمد لله الذی خلقنا بلطفه من الماء والطین وجعلنا بکرامت من الامة سید المرسلین ... اما بعد اصل هر کلام ... و این نسخه را موسوم بعین البكکاء کرد اینده ..."


"ویا حبیب قلوب العابدین تمام شد این کتاب عين البکا"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "تمام شد این کتاب عین البکا در روز سه شنبه در بیست و سوم شهر ذی حجة الحرام در دار السلطنة تبریز در سنه هزار دویست چهل دو از هجرت ... نبوى ..."


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Physical Details:

26 IV(208), II+1 (213) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and skips two pages between p.77-78).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, free assimilation of letters, many large, sweeping descenders ; some descenders reversed / recurved.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; overlining in red ; textual dividers in the form of four dots or inverted commas.


European machine laid paper with chain lines spaced 25-26 mm. apart (vertical), 'laid' lines in a faint mesh or cross-hatch, and watermarks of scrollwork having eagle above tower within, "T G" below and crown above, as well as "GAGGIERO" (see p.12, 14, 16, 20, etc. and compare no.3740 in Heawood), sturdy and well-sized and burnished, cream in color ; fills and other repairs in wove paper.


Pasteboards covered in black leather with red leather over spine, head edge and fore edge of upper board and corners of lower board (likely repairs) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted wove paper ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and cream, good condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) No Husselman or Meredith-Owen notes" (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Recyled card with note in hand of Emilie Savage-Smith [?] "19th c. Persian" (paginated pp.3-4) -- c. Slip with note "Counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" (paginated pp.5-6) -- d. Slip with title and date "ʻeyn-ol-bokā | Copied in Tabriz 1242 AH" (paginated pp.7-8) -- e. Page torn from 1913 catalog of Luzac & Co., 46, Great Russell Street, London, with description and price listed for this manuscript and others "II.-PERSIAN AND HINDUSTANI MSS. ...166 Ainul-buka. By Muhammad Taki bin Ahmad of Borujand. A work on the Tragedy of Imam Husain, composed A.H. 1199. Persian MS. on glazed paper in fair Nastaʻliq hand ; 2 inks. Small folio. Leather bound. 203 folios. Copied in Tabriz, A.H. 1242. £ 1 1S." (paginated pp.9-10).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 32


As appears in colophon on p.433, transcription completed in Tabrīz, 23 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1242 [ca. 18 July 1827].

Ownership and History:

On spine label "٣" with title inscription "عین بکا خطی" ; possible former inventory marks "pafs / 1912" and "1/1/-" in pencil on upper board lining, "16297a" on lower board lining ; scribal verses flanking colophon "هر که خواند دعا طمع دارم زانکه من بندۀ گنه کارم" ; fairly clean copy.

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.135 v.18 p.287Storey,p. 942

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

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