Isl. Ms. 872


[Dīvān-i Ḥāfiẓ,19th century?].[دیوان حافظ,قرن 19م؟].


Ḥāfiẓ,14th cent.حافظ.

Place/Date of Production:



197 leaves :paper ;230 x 150 (160 x 95) mm. bound to 240 x 158 mm.


Fine copy of the Dīvān of the masterful poet Ḥāfiẓ (Khvājah Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī, d.1390?).

Other Title(s):

ديوان حافظDivan e Hafiz


Persian poetry--747-1500.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الا یا ایها الساقی ادر کاسا و ناولها که عشق آسان نمود اول ولی افتاد مشکلها ..."


"فحبک راحت فی کل حین وذکرک مونسی فی کل حال"


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Physical Details:

ii, 3 (3), 18 IV(147), III (153), IV (161), III (167), 3 IV(191), III (197), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; several leaves preceding and following the text flecked but left blank ; catchwords present.


Written in 13 lines per page, with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant Indian [?] hand in a medium line ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, superscripting of final words and letters (end of each line), pointing in distinct or conjoined dots, some elongation of horizontal strokes.


Written area of opening leaves of text surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets with outermost red rule, divisions within defined by red rules ; 'written area' into margins silver-flecked, margins flecked in blue ; gilt edges.


non-European laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct, some curving) and occasional chain lines faintly visible, cloudy formation, sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished ; 'written area' into margins silver-flecked, margins flecked in blue with small rectangle left for catchwords ; flyleaves and added leaves in European wove paper ; some staining and tide lines ; gilt edges.


Boards covered in brown leather ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in dark red-brown paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped central rectangular panel with triangles of vegetal composition accenting an inner diamond design and elaborate border in a scrolling vegetal pattern with gold-tooled accents ; spine gold-stamped with title "DIVAN | E | HAFIZ | - | MS" (likely has been rebacked) ; edges of text block gilt ; sewn in white thread over five recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands in green, white, and red stripes ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with description (in hand of E. Husselman ?) "Muḥammad Ḥāfiz̤, Shīrāzī | Dīvān. | U. of M. has 6 MSS. of the Dīvān of Hafiz" -- b. Recycled card with notes in hand of Emilie Savage-Smith [according to R. Dougherty] "speckled paper | fine binding | some borders near front complete, others not – shows something about how books made" -- c. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- d. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) Husselman notes" -- e. Slip with description in pencil "Ḥāfeẓ (MS) | Divān | Date : | Place: Lucknow"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 21


Lacks dated colophon ; depending on what it represents of involvement with the production of the manuscript, seal impression at close provides only a very rough terminus ante quem of 1837 (as seal could have been made years before use here). Paper, etc. consistent with early to mid 19th century dating.

Ownership and History:

At close of text, large rectangular seal impression apparently dated 1252 [1836 or 7] in name of Mumtāz al-Dawlah Amīr al-Mulk Sayyid Mīr Khān Bahādur al-Ḥusaynī Ṣamṣām Jang ( ممتاز الدوله امیر الملک سید میر خان بهادر الحسینی صمصام جنک ) and statement opening "در لکنو ..." mentioning the house of Āghā Muḥammad Ṣāḥib (آغا محمد صاحب ) ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Mumtāz al-Dawlah Amīr al-Mulk Sayyid Mīr Khān Bahādur al-Ḥusaynī Ṣamṣām Jang, fl. 1836, former owner. Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner. 07 ممتاز الدوله امير الملك سيد مير خان بهادر الحسينى صمصام جنگ, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.627 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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