Isl. Ms. 860 v.4


Daftar-i chahārum-i Rawz̤at al-ṣafā,[1070, i.e. 1660].دفتر چهارم روضة الصفا,[1070ه, 1660م].


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

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270 leaves :paper ;283 x 173 (240 x 108) mm. bound to 290 x 185 mm.


Fine copy of the fourth volume, addressing the dynasties contemporary with 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).

Other Title(s):

Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ.jild 4روضة الصفا.جلد 4Title from rubricated heading at opening on p.4:مجلد چهارم از تاریخ امیر خداوندRoozut ol Sufa 4


World history--Early works to 1800.
Buwayhids--Early works to 1800.
Ghaznevids--Early works to 1800.
Seljuks--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Iran--History--640-1256--Early works to 1800.
Islamic Empire--History--750-1258--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3).


"فهرست نسخه سعادات ابدی و دیباجه مجموعه کرامات سرمدی ..."


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"Scribal," triangulare, reads "تمت المجلد الرابع بعون الله تعالى وحسن توفيقه والحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على نبيه محمد واله اجمعين الطيبين الطاهرين تحريرا فى شهر رجب المرجب سنه ۱۰۷۰ هجرى"


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Physical Details:

i, 33 IV(264), IV-2 (370), i ; exclusively quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of black strokes in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf and the lower outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand in a medium line ; serifless with slight effect of words descending to baseline and tilt to the right, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes or conjoined dots (for two and three dots).


Keywords and headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of three inverted commas, etc. (in red) ; occasional overlining in red.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct, curving) and chain lines only faintly visible, cloudy formation, somewhat thin though sturdy, beige to light brown in color, well-burnished ; some breakage and minor pest damage (with repairs).


Boards covered in light brown leather decorated in "marble calf" manner ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted wove paper ; spine in dark green and brown leather, gold-stamped with decorative bands and title "ROOZUT OL SUFA 4" ; edges of text block red-flecked ; sewn in white thread over recessed cords ; Western style worked endbands, fair condition ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion and deterioration of leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Recycled card with note "Exchange - note of previous owner | College of Fort William (India)" -- b. Card with note describing contents "(MS) روضة الصفا | rowẓatt al-ṣafā | vol.4 | Date: 1070 AH (1651 ±)" -- c. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" -- d. Scrap with title and date in ink "Rawḍat al-Safā | vol. 4 AH 1075 ?"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 9 v.4


As appears in colophon on p.541, transcription completed Rajab 1070 [March-April 1660].

Ownership and History:

Several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.3) including shelfmark or inventory number "١٢٣" accompanying title inscription, partially effaced statement and large circular seal impression (repeated at close on p.541) in name of one Muḥammad Jaʻfar ( محمد جعفر ) [?] dated 1094 [1683], statement (dated 1825) as well as large oval seal impression with text in modified Arabic script "كتاب كالج فورت وليم" as well as Hindi (Devanagari) and Bengali scripts in name of the College of Fort William (founded 1800 in Calcutta), and statement "Given in exchange for another MSS. to Major Anderson [?] by order of the Council of the Asiatic Society by A. Sprenger [Aloys Sprenger, 1813-1893] Hon. Secretary Asiat. Soc. 19 Sep. 1854 [?]" ; College of Fort William seal impression repeated on verso of final leaf (p.542) ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner. College of Fort William (Calcutta, India) former owner. Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India) former owner.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.90 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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