Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 854

Title:

Sikandarʻnāmah-i barrī,[1256?, i.e. 1840?].سکندر نامه بری,[1256ه؟, 1840م؟].

Author:

Niẓāmī Ganjavī,1140 or 41-1202 or 3.نظامي گنجوي.

Place/Date of Production:

[Bādpūr?,1840?].

Size:

198 leaves :paper ;267 x 162 (209 x 96) mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of the opening part (Sharafʻnāmah or Iskandarʻnāmah-i barrī) of Niḍāmī's celebrated poetic account of the legend of Alexander the Great.

Other Title(s):

Iskandarnāmah.Sharafʻnāmahاسکندرنامه.شرفنامهTitle from inscription above opening on p.4.اسکندر نامهIskandarʻnāmahاسكندر نامهشرف نامهسکندرنامه بریسكندر نامه برى

Subject(s):

Epic poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Alexander,--the Great,--356-323 B.C.--Poetry--Early works to 1800.

Genre:

Headpieces (layout features)19th centuryIndia.aat

Language:

Persian.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from colophon on p.393.

Incipit:

"خدایا جهان پادشاهی تراست زما خذمت [خدمت] آید خدائی تراست ..."

Explicit:

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Colophon:

"Scribal," reads "تمت تمام شد نسخه سکندر نامه بری در ماه سفر [صفر ؟] بتاریخ ١۴ ١٨٩۶ بید خط بنده احقر العباد محمد بخش ابن شیخ محمد عظیم مفتی ... در موضع بادپور تحریر یافت سنه ۱۲ ٥۶"

Dedication:

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Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

24 IV (192), III (198) ; almost exclusively quaternions (followed by a ternion) ; opening and final leaf affixed to endpaper and trimmed ; middle of the quire marks in the form of oblique black strokes in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf and the lower outer corner of the left-hand leaf (from p.72-73, perhaps prior to that lost to trimming) ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (includes partial 'flyleaves' / free hinges).

Layout:

Written in 18 lines per page, with written area divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Nastaʻlīq ; elegant Indian hand ; serifless with inclination to the right and slight effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, mainly closed counters, yāʼ always pointed.

Decoration:

Headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of rectangular piece (carrying the basmalah in black ink) set between decorative bands and surmounted by dome with vegetal design, mainly in red ; section headings rubricated ; some overlining in red ; written area surrounded by red double rule-border, divisions within also defined by red rules.

Support:

non-European (likely Indian) laid paper with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, somewhat indistinct, curving) and no chain lines clearly visible, quite cloudy formation, sturdy though thin and transluscent, light brown in color, burnished.

Binding:

Pasteboards faced in untinted laid paper with red-brown leather over spine and edges / turn-ins (paper faced, leather-edged, framed binding), now fitted with light blue (faded to green-blue) custom textile jacket or detachable overcover, stitched to form a sleeve into which each covered board slips (see p.246-247, 453 in Julia Miller, Books will speak plain) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted laid paper (some recycled) ; sewn in black and white thread (black and white threads twisted together), two stations ; heavy, worked chevron endbands in blue and cream, good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with some staining, abrasion, minor losses of cloth, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Photocopy of card with typed notes "17302 | 865 Amritsor, India | 1 Indian manuscript book | Original no. -- K241. Persian Poetry; 1896; green cloth slip cover. | Univ. of Mich., Div. of Fine Arts | Walter Koelz, 1932-33 | March 19, 1934" -- b. Scrap of ruled paper with notes in pencil "Persian Poetry | Date 1896 | Aminpur (place) | copy of Nizami's Iskandar-name" -- c. Card with typed notes and additions in pen "K241 | 17302 | Indian [crossed out] Mogul (?) manuscript book, green cloth slip cover | Persian script | Amritsar." -- d. Short piece of white cotton cord with label attached "17302/K241" -- e. Slip of paper (once folded) with notes and stamp (between pp.206-207).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 3

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.393, copied by Muḥammad Bakhsh ibn Muḥammad ʻAẓīm [likely the same copyist who executed Isl. Ms. 852 in 1238/1822] with transcription completed in Ṣafar 1256 [?] [April 1840 ?, corresponding to 1896 in Vikram Samvat as likely suggested earlier in colophon] in Bādpūr [?].

Ownership and History:

Excerpts and former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.3), etc. ; numerous interlinear and marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Scribe(s):

07 Muḥammad Bakhsh ibn Muḥammad ʻAẓīm, fl. 1822, scribe. 07 محمد بخش ابن محمد عظيم, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Walter Koelz Manuscripts.

References:

Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.568Miller, Julia. Books will speak plain : a handbook for identifying and describing historical bindings. Ann Arbor : The Legacy Press, 2010.

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Posted by evyn on February 2, 2011
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS, Walter Koelz MSS

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