Isl. Ms. 860 v.3


Jild-i sivvum-i Rawz̤at al-ṣafā,[1241, i.e. 1826].جلد سوم روضه الصفا,[1241ه, 1826م].


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

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186 leaves :paper ;301 x 225 (225 x 150) mm. bound to 305 x 230 mm.


Fine copy of the third volume, addressing the twelve Imāms, the Umayyads and the ʻAbbāsids, 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 3روضة الصفا.جلد 3Title from heading at opening of table of contents (p.5):جلد ثالث روضه الصفاTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.9):جلد ثالث روضة الصفاRoozut ol Sufa 3


World history--Early works to 1800.
Islam--History--Early works to 1800.
Abbasids--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Umayyad dynasty--Early works to 1800.
Islamic Empire--History--661-750--Early works to 1800.
Islamic Empire--History--750-1258--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on inner front flyleaf (p.3).


"حمد و ثنای که سبحان ملاء اعلی از اداء شمسه ازان عاجز آنید ..."


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"Scribal," rectangular, mainly in Arabic, reads "تمت المجلد الثالث بعون الله وحسن توفیقه الحمد لله رب العالمین بتاریخ نهم شهر رجب المرجب سنه احدی واربعین و مائتین بعد الالف ... احقر العباد سید مهر علی رضوی ..."


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Physical Details:

ii, 2 (2), 23 IV(186), ii ; exclusively quaternions with added leaves carrying table of contents ; 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 (for two and three dots).


Keywords and headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of three 'dots' in red ; written area surrounded by triple rule-border (black fillet between two red fillets).


non-European (likely Indian) 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 ; some staining and minor pest damage (with repairs).


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 dark green and brown leather gold-stamped with decorative bands and title "ROOZUT OL SUFA 3" ; edges of text block red-flecked ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; Western style worked endbands, fairly good condition though core of headband is split ; overall in poor condition with abrasion and deterioration of leather, upper cover fully detached, spine leather detaching, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" -- b. Scrap with "Rawḍat al-Safā | vol.3 A.H. 1241" between pp.174-175.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 9 v.3


As appears in colophon on p.372 (and in inscription on inner front flyleaf, p.3), copied by Sayyid Mihr ʻAlī Raz̤avī (who also executed the transcription for vol.1, Isl. Ms. 860 v.1) with transcription completed 9 Rajab 1241 [ca. 17 February 1826].

Ownership and History:

Inscription with title, contents, copyist "سید مهر علی رضوی" and date of transcription "در سنه یکهزار دو صد و چهل و یک مسوده نمود" on inner front flyleaf (p.3) ; scribal verse following colophon "هر که خواند دعا طمع دارم زانکه من بندۀ گنه کارم" ; occasional glosses and 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.89 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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