Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 860 v.1

Title:

Jild-i avval-i Rawz̤at al-ṣafā,[1241, i.e. 1825].جلد اول روضة الصفا[1241ه, 1825م].

Author:

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

Place/Date of Production:

[1825].

Size:

287 leaves :paper ;299 x 229 (225 x 145) mm. bound to 307 x 240 mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of the first volume, addressing the creation to Yazdegerd, 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). Table of contents at opening (pp.5-8).

Other Title(s):

Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ.jild 1روضة الصفا.جلد 1Title from inscription on inner front flyleaf (p.3):مجلد اول روضة الصفاRoozut ol Sufa I

Subject(s):

World history--Early works to 1800.
Prophets, Pre-Islamic--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Iran--History--To 640.--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Persian.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from heading of table of contents on p.5 and colophon on p.574.

Incipit:

"زیب فهرست نسخه مفاخر انبیاء عالی مکان ..."

Explicit:

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Colophon:

"Scribal," rectangular, reads "هذا تمام شد جلد اول روضة الصفا بتاریخ چهارم شهر ربیع الاول سنه ۱۲۴۱ ... تحریر نمود بخط خام سید مهر [؟] علی رضوی فقط"

Dedication:

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Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

ii, 2 (2), 22 IV(178), IV+1 (187), 11 IV(275), V (285), 2 (287), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).

Layout:

Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Nastaʻlīq with elements of shikastah ; fine hand in a thin line ; serifless and compact 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.

Decoration:

Keywords, headings and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth stroke above keywords) rubricated ; some overlining also in red.

Support:

non-European (likely Indian, "هندوستانی" i.e. "Hindūstānī" according to note on front flyleaf, p.3) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly distinct, curved) and faint chain lines occasionally visible, some inclusions, somewhat thin and transluscent though sturdy, dark cream in color, well-burnished.

Binding:

Boards covered in light orange-brown leather decorated in "marble calf" manner ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a light-blue surface-dyed wove paper ; spine in green and brown leather (now detached) gold-stamped with decorative bands and title "ROOZUT OL SUFA I" ; edges of text block red-flecked ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; Western style worked endbands, damaged with tailband core split and headband detaching and core split ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion and deterioration of leather, spine leather fully detached (exposing printed wasted lining) ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" -- b. Slip with notes characterizing contents of the entire manuscript (all 8 volumes) in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "M.O. 8. Rawẓat al-ṣafā in 8 volumes. Several copied in 1241 by Sayyid Mahdī Qulī (?) Riẓavī. Vol 4 dated 1070. Vol.7 is dated 1250. Vol.8 is dated 1099. (last folio bound upside down)" -- c. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- d. Partially damaged slip with notes [in hand of Elinor M. Husselman ?] describing contents "[Muḥammad] ibn Khāvand Shāh, ... Mīr Khvānd. Rawẓat al-ṣafā. A general history from creation. 8 v. (v. 7 here ?) of varying ... and hands. 19th cent. ... MS. in Mich. Collection #15"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 9 v.1

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.574 (see also inscription on p.3), copied by Sayyid Mihr ʻAlī Raz̤avī with transcription completed 4 Rabīʻ I 1241 [ca. 17 October 1825].

Ownership and History:

Inscription with title "Roozut ol Sufa" and book price on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) ; inscription on inner front flyleaf (p.3) with title, description of contents for this volume, copyist (سید مهر علی) and author details on inner front flyleaf ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Scribe(s):

07 Mihr ʻAlī Raz̤avī, fl. 1825, scribe. 07 مهر على رضوى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.

References:

Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.87 ff.Storey,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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