Isl. Ms. 860 v.7


[Jild-i hashtum-i Rawz̤at al-ṣafā,1250, i.e. 1834].[جلد هشتم روضة الصفا,1250ه, 1834م].


Mīr Khvānd, Muḥammad ibn Khāvandshāh,1433-1498.مير جواند، محمد بن جواندشاه.

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82 leaves :paper ;229 x 149 (155 x 94) mm. bound to 235 x 153 mm.


Fine copy of the final (typically eighth) volume or Khātimah of the celebrated universal history Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ fī sīrat al-anbiyāʼ va al-mulūk va al-khulafāʼ by the Tīmūrid historian Muḥammad ibn Khvāndshāh Mīr Khvānd (d.1498) and completed by his nephew Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn Khvāndamīr (d.1535). Appears to lack the closing panegyric for Mīr ʻAlī Shīr Navāʼī (Ali Şir Nevai, d.1501). Apparently when the set of manuscripts now comprising Isl. Ms. 860 v.1-v.8 was compiled, this manuscript was mistaken for a copy of the section of the work addressing Sulṭān Ḥusayn Bāyqarā and his sons to 929 [1522-3] (typically found in the seventh volume). Title in colophon and an inscription on the inner front flyleaf (p.1) providing the title, contents, etc. identifies this as the seventh volume but the contents (even as described) are clearly that of the Khātimah or what is typically the eighth volume.

Other Title(s):

Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ.jild 8روضة الصفا.جلد 8Title from inscription on inner front flyleaf (p.1):دفتر هفتم روضه الصفاTitle from colophon on p.164:جلد السابع روضة الصفاRoozut ol Sufa 7


World history--Early works to 1800.
Geography--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Iran--History--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"خاتمه در بدایع و صنایع و آنچه نکاشته کلک قدرت اوست ..."


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"Scribal," rectangular, reads "تمت جلد السابع روضة الصفا بتاریخ بیست چهارم شهر ربیع الاول سنه ۱۲٥٠ هجری"


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Physical Details:

ii, 9 IV(72), V (82), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inner flyleaves).


Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq with elements of shikastah ; large, fine hand in a thin line ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline and tilt to the right, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing casual and in strokes rather than distinct dots (for two and three dots).


Keywords, headings and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth strokes over certain keywords) rubricated ; written area surrounded by red double rule-border (except for pp.103-110, 115-) ; overlining in red.


non-European (likely Indian or Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct, curved) and rare chain lines faintly visible, fairly transluscent though sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished ; flyleaves in European wove paper.


Boards covered in light orange-brown leather decorated in "marbled calf" manner ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in light-blue surface-dyed wove paper ; spine in dark green and brown leather, gold-stamped with decorative bands and title "ROOZUT OL SUFA 7" ; edges of text block red-flecked ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; Western style worked endbands, good condition ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion and deterioration of leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- b. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" -- c. Scrap with title and date in ink "Rawḍat al-Ṣafā | vol. 7 AH 1250"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 9 v.7


As appears in colophon on p.164 (and inscription on inner front flyleaf, p.1), transcription completed 24 Rabīʻ I 1250 [ca. 31 July 1834]. Likely executed by copyist responsible for volumes 1, 3 and possibly 2 of this set, Sayyid Mihr ʻAlī Raz̤avī (سيد مهر على رضوى ).

Ownership and History:

On inner front flyleaf (p.1), inscription with title, hand, paper, contents for this volume, and date of transcription ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Mihr ʻAlī Raz̤avī, fl. 1825, scribe. 05 مهر على رضوى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.93Storey,i, 92-101, 1236Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,1/926

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

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