Isl. Ms. 860 v.8


Khātimah-ʼi Tārīkh-i Rawz̤at al-ṣafā,[1095, i.e. 1684].خاتمۀ تاریخ روضه الصفا,1095ه, 1684م].


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

Place/Date of Production:



139 leaves :paper ;277 x 170 (220-235 x 95-100) mm. bound to 285 x 177 mm.


Fine copy of the 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).

Other Title(s):

Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ.jild 8روضة الصفا.جلد 8خاتمه تاريخ روضه الصفاRoozut ol Sufa 8Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3):خلاصه روضة الصفاTitle from inscription on verso of final leaf (p.280):Rowda ToosaphaRawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ jild-i hashtumروضة الصفا جلد هشتم


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 from rubricated heading at opening on p.4.


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


"سیر فلک یاد بکامش مدام نامه امید بنامش تمام"


"Scribal," reads "السلام تاریخ شد تمام بتاریخ ١٢ شهر جمادى الاول سنه ١٠٩٥"


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Physical Details:

ii, 6 IV(48), IV-1 (55), 5 IV(95), IV-1 (102), 4 IV(134), IV-3 (139), ii ; exclusively quaternions ; quite tightly bound with sewing difficult to examine but middle of the quire marks in the form of black oblique strokes appear in the four outer corners of the central opening of each gathering ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inner flyleaves).


Written in 23 and 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh and nastaʻlīq ; two elegant and compact Persianate hands ; opening through p.98 in naskh, partially but irregularly seriffed with slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, kāf mashkūlah (mashqūqah) preferred, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots, closed and open counters ; p.99 to close in fine nastaʻlīq, serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Keywords and headings rubricated ; overlining in red ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper of two main types ; opening (through p.98) in a type with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct) and single chain lines occasionally visible, thin and transluscent though quite sturdy, buff to beige in color, well-burnished ; thereafter (p.98 to close) in a type with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat distinct) and single chain lines faintly visible, cloudy formation, somewhat thick, sturdy, burnished, beige in color ; some pest damage, staining and tide lines.


Boards covered in light brown leather perhaps once decorated in "marbled calf" manner ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in a dark blue wove paper ; spine in dark green and brown leather, gold-stamped with decorative bands and title "ROOZUT OL SUFA 8" ; edges of text block red-flecked ; sewn in white thread over four recessed cords ; worked Western style endbands, fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition though with deterioration of treated leather, joints splitting, etc. ; repairs to joints in light brown leather.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- b. Scrap with inscription in ink describing contents "Rawḍat al-Safā vol. 6 [crossed through] 8 A.H. 1089" -- c. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes".

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 9 v.8


As appears in colophon on p.279, transcription completed 12 Jumādá I 1095 [ca. 27 April 1684] (where numeral khamsah looks like reverse B).

Ownership and History:

Former owners' / sellers' marks on 'title page' (p.3) include book price "قیمت هشتاد روپي" and statement "خلاصه روضه الصفا من البدايه الى النهايه لى م م م" ; inscription in ink on verso of final leaf (p.280, bound in upside down) "Rowda Toosapha" ; marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.93 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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