Isl. Ms. 888


Maẓhar al-ʻajāʼib,[1242?, i.e. 1826?].مظهر العجایب,[1242ه؟, 1826م؟].


Khvājah Amīr ibn Khvājah Pādishāh Khān.خواجه امير ابن خواجه پادشاه خان.

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241 leaves :paper ;242 x 157 (180 x 90) mm.


Careful copy of a work by Khvājah Amīr valad-i Khvājah Pādishāh Khān addressing the terms and expressions used in the Dīvān of Muḥammad ibn Abī Ṭālib Ḥazīn of Lāhijān, known as Shaykh ʻAlī Ḥazīn (d.1766).

Other Title(s):

Title from cover label:مظهر العجایبTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.3):مظهر العجایبمظهر العجايبمظهر العجائب


Persian poetry--1500-1796--History and criticism.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad ʻAlī Ḥazīn,--1692?-1766?--Poems--Terminology.




Ms. codex.
Title from colophon on p.486.


"وجه [؟] تالیف این نسخه انکه ... در شهر کالپی نور چشم عزیز ازجان احمد بخش خان طال الله عمره بنزیره نواب عماد الملك آصفجاه ... مجموعۀ بعضی از مصطلحات و محاورات مختلفه دیوان شیخ علی حزین رحمة الله علیه ..."


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"Scribal," reads "بتاریخ دهم جمادى الاول سنه ۱۲۴۲ [؟] هجری نبوی نسخه مظهر العجایب تصنیف خواجه امیر ولد خواجه بادشاه خان بموجب فریامش عطا حسین خانصاحب [؟] سلمه الله تعالى ... باختتام رسید بمنه وکرمه"


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), III (14), IV (22), IV+1 (31), 7 IV(87), III (93), 10 IV(173), I+1 (176), 3 IV(200), II (204), 4 IV(236), II+1 (241), i ; chiefly quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form black oblique strokes in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf and the lower-outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes pastedowns and flyleaves).


Written in 15 lines per page.


Nastaʻlīq ; spacious, elegant hand ; mainly serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes as well as distinct dots.


Some keywords and headings rubricated, others overlined in red (mainly with two-teeth stroke abbreviation symbol).


non-European laid paper with roughly 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct, some curving) and occasional chain lines faintly visible, cloudy formation, quite thin and transluscent though sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished ; extensive repairs in wove paper.


Pasteboards covered in royal blue leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted wove paper ; sewn in cream thread over two recessed cords ; worked chevron endbands in cream and purple, good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- b. Slip with note "Persian Manuscripts (Heyworth-Dunne?) No Husselman or Meredith-Owen notes" -- c. Page torn from Luzac & Co. catalog, 1908, "Books on Modern Persian Literature," with description for this manuscript "AMIR IBN KHWĀJA PADSHĀH KHĀN. Maẓḥar al-ʻajāʼib. A dictionary of Names and Epithets found in Persian Poets. Composed in 1231 A.H. Persian MS. Roy. 8vo, leather bound. 12s. 1826. The margins of many pages have been neatly repaired." -- d. Slip with description in black ink "Persian | Amīr ibn Khwāja Pādshāh Khān | Maẓḥar al-ʻajāʼib. A dictionary of names and epithets found in Persian poets describing the lover and the beloved. Composed in 1231 A.H. | Dated 1242 (?) = 1826 A.D."

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 37


As appears in colophon on p.486, transcription completed 10 Jumādá I 1242 [?] [ca. 10 December 1826 ?, numerals have been tampered with and third numerals is particularly unclear, i.e. 12?2] on the order of ʻAṭā Ḥusayn Khānʹṣāḥib ( عطا حسين خانصاحب ). As appears in preceding authorial colophon on p.485, composition completed in 1231 [1816 or 17].

Ownership and History:

Former inventory marks "MS 1906" and author "Amir ibn Khwaja Padshah Khan" in pencil on front flyleaf (p.4) ; at close on p.486, former owners' marks include ownership statement in name of Muḥammad ʻAṭā Ḥusayn ( محمد عطا حسين ), statement reads "المالك والقابض عبد الضعيف محمد عطا حسين عفى عنه وعن والديه", large rectangular seal impression dated 1263 [1846 or 7] in name of [..?] al-Dawlah Muḥsin al-Mulk Muḥammad Ḥusayn ʻAlīʹkhān Bahādur Ḥusayn Jang ( ... الدوله محسن الملك محمد حسين عليخان بهادر حسين جنگ ) and large octagonal seal impression with fish motifs possibly dated 1290 [1873 or 4] (compare impression in Isl. Ms. 873, fol.1a / p.1) ; on back flyleaf (p.488), stamp in name of James O'Kinealy (1837-1903), reads "J. O'KINEALY." in black ink ; numerous glosses ; occasional marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

06 Muḥammad ʻAṭā Ḥusayn, former owner. 07 Muḥsin al-Mulk Muḥammad Ḥusayn ʻAlīʹkhān Bahādur Ḥusayn Jang, fl. 1846, former owner. O'Kinealy, J. (James) former owner. Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner. 06 محمد عطا حسين, مالك سابق. 07 محسن الملك محمد حسين عليخان بهادر حسين جنگ, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.372Hidayet Hosain, M. "Ḥazīn, Muḥammad b. Abī Ṭālib." In EI2,Vol. III, p.338, col. 2Storey,i/2, 840-9

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

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