Isl. Ms. 861


Kitāb al-Mas̲navī al-Mawlavī al-maʻnavī,[1316, i.e. 1899].کتاب المثنوی المولاوی المعنوی,[1316ه، 1899م].


Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī,Maulana,1207-1273.جلال الدين رومي,مولانا.

Place/Date of Production:



335 leaves :paper ;263 x 190 (184 x 113) mm.


Elegant copy of Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī’s celebrated didactic poetical work in double verses.

Other Title(s):

Mas̲navī.مثنوىكتاب المثنوى المولاوى المعنوىMas̲navī al-Mawlavī al-maʻnavīMathnawī al-Mawlawī al-maʻnawīمثنوى مولاوى معنوىMas̲navī-i Mawlavī-i maʻnavīمثنوى معنوىMas̲navī-i maʻnavī


Sufi poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry--747-1500.
Masnavis, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from colophons on pp. 205, 332, and 548.


"بشنو از نی چون حکایت میکند از جداییها شکایت میکند ..."


"قصه کوته کن که رفتم در حجاب هین خمش و الله اعلم بالصواب ... کرد شش باشد همیشه زان هوا"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "الحمد لله الذى وفقنى بتسويد وتحرير هذه النسخة الشريفة فى يوم السبت من شهر شوال المكرم في سنه ۱۳۱۶ وانا العبد المذنب عطاء الله الحسينى الهمدانى غفر الله له ولوالديه امين"


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), 2 III+1(22), 10 IV(102), IV+1 (111), 6 IV(159), III (165), IV+2 (175), 5 IV(215), IV+2 (225), 6 IV(273), 2 IV+1(291), 4 IV(323), V (333), I (335), i ; chiefly quaternions ; catch title (المجلد الاول, المجلد الثانى, الخ) at the head of each page ; some leaves left blank between the close of one book and dībāchah of the next book ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written mainly in 24 lines per page, with written area divided to four columns ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; exquisite Persianate hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with curvilinear descenders (some swooping), pointing in distinct dots, superscripting of final words and letters, mainly open counters, partially vocalized ; headings in seriffed tawqīʻ, fully vocalized.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of each book (mujallad / daftar) following the dībāchah (see pp.4, 112, 210, "438" [338], 438, 550) ; pieces vary in shape (though mainly large w-shaped pieces) but are similar in coloration, for example at opening on p.4, headpiece consists of a vertically elongated w-shaped piece filled with swirling floral vegetal decoration in lavender, orange-red and blue on a gold ground with white, blue and turquoise accents, set in an elaborate well of gold, blue, turquoise, red and black bands (others include rectangular piece setting off the basmalah) ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of a heavy gold band defined by black fillets with innermost red rule and outermost blue rule, divisions within (and outer margin) defined by narrow gold bands outlined in black fillets ; section headings rubricated or in blue ink.


European wove paper, beige in color, highly burnished.


Boards covered in black leather with straight grain appearance (appears to have been grained by boarding) ; reminiscent of Type II binding with flap, though flap extends from upper cover and rests outside the lower cover where it is fixed with a metal clasp with pin catch closure ; board linings and hinges in printed shell 'marbled paper' (mainly in pink, blue and yellow) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-tooled rule-borders ; fore edge of text block purple-flecked ; sewn in dark red and bright green thread, four stations ; stuck-on endbands in red leather ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion and staining.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" -- b. Slip with note "Counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- c. Slip with notes in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "MO. 5. Mas̲navī of Rūmī copied by ʻAṭāʼullāh al-Ḥusainī al-Hamadānī in 1316"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 10


As appears in colophon at the close of each book, copied by ʻAṭāʼ Allāh al-Ḥusaynī al-Hamadānī (عطاء الله الحسینی الهمدانی). As appears in colophon on p.108, transcription of first book (المجلد الاول) completed 14 Shaʻbān 1314 [ca. 18 January 1897]. As appears in colophon on p.205, transcription of the second book (المجلد الثانى) completed Rajab 1315 [November-December 1897]. As appears in colophon on p.332, transcription of the third book (المجلد الثالث) completed 25 Ramaḍān 1315 [ca. 17 February 1898]. As appears in colophon on p.435, transcription of the fourth book (المجلد الرابع) completed in Jumādá I 1316 [September-October 1898]. As appears in colophon on p.548, transcription of the fifth book (المجلد الخامس) completed 19 Shaʻbān 1316 [ca. 2 January 1899]. As appears in final colophon on p.670, transcription of sixth book (المجلد السادس), Khātimah and entire work completed Shawwāl 1316 [February-March 1899].

Ownership and History:

Possible former inventory marks on front flyleaf (p.1) and 'title page' (p.3) "۲۸" etc. ; note on flyleaf refers to declaration of independence by Azerbaijan on 28 May 1918 "٢٨ مايس ١٩١٨ اذربايجان جمهورتنك اعلان استقلالى" ; on final leaf (p.671, left blank) accession details in pencil "Rare Book Room | Gift | Source Unknown | 12-11-54" ; notabilia (side-heads) clarifying difficult terms.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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07 ʻAṭāʼ Allāh al-Ḥusaynī al-Hamadānī, fl. 1899, scribe. 07 عطاء الله الحسينى الهمدانى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.584 ff.

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

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