Isl. Ms. 897


[Ṭūṭīʹnāmah ... etc.,19th century?].[طوطی نامه ... الخ,قرن 19م؟].


Nakhshabī, Z̤iyāʼ al-Dīn,d. 1350.ضيا الدين نخشبى.

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80 leaves :paper ;230 x 160 (160 x 100) mm. bound to 235 x 165 mm.


Fine copy of the Ṭūṭīʹnāmah of Shaykh Z̤iyāʼ al-Dīn Nakhshabī (d.1350) in the reduced and simplified version of Muḥammad Khudavānd Qādirī (fl. 17th cent.), preceded by a selection of alphabetic and grammatical exercises with dialogues.

Other Title(s):

طوطى نامه


Persian language--Grammar.
Persian literature--747-1500.
Folk literature, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


[Ṭūṭīʹnāmah] "بعد از جنس جنس ثنا و صفت پیدا کنندۀ آسمان و زمین کیفیت و حقیقت این است که داستان و قصه ها و حکایات گفتۀ حضرت نخشبی رحمت الله علیه که در طوطی نامه بعبارت سخت و دقیق نوشته بودند از برای مفصل و بیان وار معلوم شدن همه مردمان محمد خدواند قادری اصلح الله شانه ..."


"همه شب بیدار بود بر بستر نرم خفت"


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1. p.4-p.82 : [Persian alphabetic and grammatical exercises ].
2. p.83 : [blank].
3. p.84-p.155 : [Ṭūṭīʹnāmah] / Z̤iyāʼ al-Dīn Nakhshabī ; Muḥammad Qādirī.
4. p.156-160 : [mainly blank].

Physical Details:

ii, IV+1 (9), 8 IV(73), IV-1 (80), ii ; exclusively quaternions ; final leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand in a medium line ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots.


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non-European laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct, some curving) and chain lines spaced roughly 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal, curving), cream in color, thin and quite transluscent though sturdy, lightly burnished ; flyleaves in European laid paper with roughly 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal) and watermarks of Fortune (figure standing on ball holding banner aloft) and "VAN GELDER ZONEN" (compare Heawood no.1365), sturdy, cream in color.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type III binding (without flap) though not flush with text block, etc. ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted European laid paper ; upper and lower covers blind-tooled in mitred-panel style, with outer border and inner panel stained to a dark brown ; spine blind-stamped with narrow bands and floral motifs ; edges of text block blue-flecked ; sewn in white thread over two cords (not recessed, visible as ridges at spine, flexible sewing) ; worked endbands, quite narrow ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion, staining, 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. Scrap from catalog of law books in French [all no longer in volume].

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 46


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest 19th century ; binding likely mid to late 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on inner front flyleaf (p.1) listing contents in French "1. Syllabaire, conjugations et dialogues persans 2. Touty-nameh recueil de contes persan" ; inscription on verso of final leaf (p.160) listing contents in English "Persian Ms. containing I Persian Grammar and Dialogues II Tute Nāmeh or Tales of a Parrot" ; occasional marginal notes in pencil providing terms in English, often with corresponding word in text underlined.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Qādirī, Muḥammad,--17th cent.
05--قادرى، محمد.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Berthels, E. "Nakhshabī, Shaykh Ḍiyāʾ al-Dīn." In EI2,Vol. VII, p.925, 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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