Isl. Ms. 884


[Majmūʻah,late 17th or early 18th century?].[مجموعه,پایان قرن 17م یا آغاز قرن 18م؟].

Place/Date of Production:



552 leaves :paper ;280 x 185 (195 x 100) mm.


Careful copy of a vast majmūʻah of prose (inshāʼ) and verse, including copies of several letters (maktūb) from Shāh Jahān (r.1628-57), Shāh ʻAbbās II (r.1642–1666), etc., with detailed contents listing added at opening (pp.15-18). Opens with excerpts from the munshiʼāt of Naṣīrā-yi Hamadānī ( خواجه نصیرالدین محمد یزدگری همدانی هندی). Contributions to the cataloguing from Kathryn Babayan and Abdullah Ghouchani.

Other Title(s):



Letter writing, Persian--17th century.
Persian literature.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Mogul Empire--History--Sources.
Iran--History--Ṣafavid dynasty, 1501-1736--Sources.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"خطبه بیاض من منشآت رموزان دقایق سخندانی نصیرای همدانی بیت المعمور سپاس آلهی ازان با یه برتر است ..."


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Physical Details:

vi, 3, IV (8), V+1 (19), 2 II (27), 60 IV(507), IV+1 (516), 2 IV(532), III (538), IV (546), III (552), vi ; almost exclusively quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of strokes or cross in red ink, upper outer corner of right-hand leaf, lower-outer corner of left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; some leaves between sections left blank ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and mistakenly skips two pages between pp.773-774).


Varies widely, though lines typically arranged on the diagonal, in 12-18 lines per page ; often divided to two or three columns to set off poetry.


Nastaʻlīq ; clear, careful hand in a medium line ; serifless with slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and contrasting thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing mainly in distinct dots.


Headings and keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red hāʼ.


non-European (likely Indian or Persian) laid paper, mainly with roughly 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct, slight curving) and occasional chain lines visible, sturdy though thin and transluscent, burnished, some leaves beige or dusky pink in color.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in dark red leather ; sewn in heavy cream thread, two stations, many threads broken leaving loose gatherings ; in quite poor condition with significant shrinkage, cracking and losses of leather in upper and lower covers (now extremely ill-fitting), spine lining fully exposed, cloth hinges damaged, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Card with notes in pencil, "no. 16? generating figures at end | note on this made by E. Savage- Smith" -- b. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) No Husselman or Meredith-Owens notes" -- c. Slip with notes in ink affixed to verso of front flyleaf "14 (16) A Persian Bayaz in prose & verse big thick volume. The list of contents enumerates about 111 names some of which items are very famous & rare. Clear nastalik, red & black ink, binding broken. No date early 18th century. This Bayaz belonged to a nawab Yakub Khan who has made an entry of his illness under the date 1131 A.H. Some of the contents are (1) Risala sihat wa mardh (2) Mathnavi Haji Muhammed Rasai (3) Poems of Ali Razai Tajalli Shirazi (4) complete Rubaiyyat Omar Khayyam (5) Sozogudaz Noi (6) Mahmud ayaz Anis Shamlu (7) Mir Walihi an Aka Beg (8) Rubaiyyat Wahib (9) Poems of Mirza Badia (10) Anji's poems (10) Rubaiyyats of Adham (11) of Yahya (12) of Wirki Kummi (13) of Sufi (14) Poems of Abu Turab"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 33 ; "No (16)" on opening added leaf p.3, etc.


Lacks dated colophon ; dated seal impression can provide only rough terminus ante quem ; likely late 17th or early 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Book price and inventory marks on opening added leaf (p.3) ; numerous poetic excerpts and former owners' inscriptions at opening and close of codex, as well as between sections of the majmūʻah, including two statements on p.14 dated 1173 [1759 or 60] and 1174 [1760 or 61] respectively ; small rectangular seal impression in name of one Sharaf al-Dīn (شرف الدين) appears in outer margin of p.393 ; oval seal impression with "محمد حسين ..." dated 1104 [1692 or 3] appears regularly in the upper outer margin of the right-hand leaf, typically just before or after the middle of the quire (see p.574, 586, 706, 828, 973, etc.) ; smaller oval seal impression seemingly dated 1095 [1683 or 4] appears in lower outer corner or upper outer corner of several leaves (see p.213, 267, 271, 452 etc.).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. Mss. Brit. Mus.,pp.743, 1093

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Posted by evyn on February 2, 2011
Tags: F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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Abdullah Ghouchani on paragraph 3:

Regarding Bayaz, from the first title “خطبه بیاض از نصیرای همدانی” I undestand that this person is the collector of bayaz. He lived in India and his complete name is خواجه نصيرالدين محمد يزدگری همدانی هندی and he died at 1030 A.H. and there is another bayaz from him in Parlement labrary of Iran which I don’t no if it is same like this bayaz or not. If there is any date after 1030 it may added to bayaz later. ]It is very important payaz spacial for the letters of Shah Abbas, Shah Jahan, Jahangir and …

November 14, 2011 11:37 pm

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