Isl. Ms. 860 v.1


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


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

Place/Date of Production:



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


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


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.




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


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


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"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"


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Physical Details:

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).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


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.


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


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.


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


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):

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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.


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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