Isl. Ms. 869


Dīvān-i Mushfiqī Bukhārī,[17th century?].دیوان مشفقی بخاری,[قرن 17م؟].



Place/Date of Production:



190 leaves :paper ;209 x 140 (154 x 87) mm. bound to 216 x 155 mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of the Tajik poet Mushfiqī (ʻAbd al-Raḥmān, d.1588) with qaṣāʼid, ghazalīyāt, muqaṭṭaʻāt, rubaʻīyāt, etc. as well as his brief mas̲navī Sāqī-nāmah (pp.375-381).

Other Title(s):

Poemsديوان مشفقى بخارىDiwan i Mushfiki i Bukhari


Persian poetry--1500-1796.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




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


"این نامه که روی در سیاهی دارد بیهوده خلل نامتناهی دارد ... نموده می شود که راقم این سواد مشفقی المروی ..."


"که با شد بآ کاهی انجام من"


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Physical Details:

Heavily repaired with original gatherings difficult to discern though middle of the quire marks appear for some gatherings (black stroke in the lower outer corner of the right-hand leaf) ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords only rarely visible (typically cut off) ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (center of upper margin of the recto of each leaf) ; pagination in heavy pencil, Western numerals (upper outer corner of the verso of every other leaf) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inner flyleaves and skips two pages between pp.5-6).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless with gentle effect of tilt to the right and of words descending to baseline, marked elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes (contrasting with thin vertical strokes), pointing in distinct dots.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral motifs in red, yellow, green, etc. on grounds of blue and gold, surmounted by a set of scalloped domes (nearly evoking w-shaped piece) filled with swirling floral vegetal decoration in shades of pink, red, blue, orange, yellow, white, etc. on grounds of gold and blue, all set in a well of yellow, gold and orange bands with red accents and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area (and divisions within) surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets with outermost blue rule ; occasional section headings rubricated (mainly toward the close of the codex).


non-European (likely Indian or Persian) laid paper with roughly 6-7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal or vertical, indistinct, some curving) and no chain lines plainly visible, cloudy formation, thin and transluscent though sturdy, dark cream in color, well-burnished ; some pest damage, staining and tide lines ; extensive repairs.


Boards faced in blue-green cloth with dark green leather over spine (straight grain) and board corners (approaching half-binding) ; Western style-binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in shell 'marbled' paper (mainly in brown, blue and pink) ; leather extending on upper and lower covers gold-stamped with toothed borders ; spine gold-stamped with decorative bands and title and author "DIWAN | I | MUSHFIKI | I | BUKHARI" ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords (visible at spine) ; overall in somewhat poor condition with severe spine slant (cocked), spine leather detaching, abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) Husselman notes" -- b. Slip with description (in hand of E. Husselman ?) "Mushfiqī, Bukhārī | Dīvān | BMC. Cat. Pers. MS. Suppl. has a Mushfiqī, Bagdadī in a Tazkirah of ancient & modern Persian poets. No Bukhārī found. Apparently we do not have | 190 ff. 379 pp." -- c. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- d. Tag with "#10"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 18


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. would suggest 17th century. Chronogram at close of dīvān on p.375 "اتمام يافت" may suggest date of composition of 973 [1565-6].

Ownership and History:

Spine title transcribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "DIWAN I MUSHFIKI I BUKHARI" ; possible former inventory numbers on spine "56" and "133," verso of front flyleaf "39" and "No 180", and inner front flyleaf (p.1) "L 39" ; collation statement with extent (number of leaves), etc. on repaired 'title page' (p.3) ; description with inventory number "۴۰۶", title, and date [chronogram taken from close of Dīvān on p.375] on repaired 'title page' (p.3) ; former inventory marks on back flyleaf ; on back inner flyleaf (p.384), stamp in name of James O'Kinealy (1837-1903), reads "J. O'KINEALY." in black ink ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

O'Kinealy, J. (James) former owner. Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Rypka, J. History of Iranian Literature (Dordrecht, 1968),pp. 502-4.Rahman, Munibur. "Mushfiḳī." In EI2,vol. VII, p.676, col. 2Hitchins, Keith. " MUSHFIQI, ABDURAHMON (Mošfeqi, ʿAbd-al-Raḥmān), Tajik poet (1525-1588)," Encyclopaedia Iranica, Online Edition, 20 July 2004.

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

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