Isl. Ms. 864


Divān-i S̲anāʼī,[19th century?].دیوان ثنائی,[قرن 19م؟].


S̲anāʼī, Ḥusayn ibn Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn ʻAlī al-Mashhadī,d. 1587?ثنائى, حسين ابن غياث الدين على المشهدى.

Place/Date of Production:



116 leaves :paper ;229 x 140 (165 x 90) mm. bound to 236 x 152 mm.


Composite copy of the Dīvān of S̲anāʼī (Ḥusayn ibn Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn ʻAlī al-Mashhadī, d.1587?), acephalous and incomplete, possibly compiled from two incomplete copies with blank replacement leaves inserted where text was lacking.

Other Title(s):

ديوان ثنائى


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




Ms. composite codex.
Title from close on p.208.


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"... امر است تمام شد دیوان ثنائی"


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Physical Details:

ii, III (6), II (10), IV-2 (16), 10 IV(88), 2 II(96), IV-2 (102), 2 II(110), 2 (112), II (116), ii ; original gatherings exclusively quaternions (some anomalous) ; blank replacement leaves inserted where text lacks ; middle of the quire marks in the form of black oblique strokes, upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf, lower outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; foliation in now grey ink, Western numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in up to 15 lines per page, divided to two columns.


Nastaʻlīq and shikastah (shikastah-nastaʻlīq / شكسته نستعليق) ; two main hands ; opening section (pp.25-180) in a large, elegant nastaʻlīq in a heavy line, serifless with elongation of horizontal strokes, descent of words to baseline, pointing in distinct or conjoined dots ; latter section (pp.197-208) mainly in a brisk shikastah-nastaʻlīq, serifless and more compact with sweeping descenders and elongated horizontal strokes (p.197 in a different nastaʻlīq) ; glosses and excerpts at close (pp.225-227) in still different hands.


Diagram accompanying excerpt on p.227.


non-European (likely Indian or Persian) laid paper of two types ; opening excerpt on a type with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, somewhat indistinct, some curving) and no chain lines plainly visible, cloudy formation, thin and transluscent though sturdy, dark cream with a grayish tint ; latter excerpt on a type with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct) and chain lines visible (see p.198, etc.), cloudy formation, sturdy though transluscent, grayish tint ; replacement leaves in European wove paper.


Boards covered in mauve paper (blotched design evoking marbling) with red-brown leather over spine and board corners (half binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted wove paper ; head edge of text block gilt ; spine gold-stamped with "PERSIAN MSS." and accents on raised bands ; sewn in white thread over five recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands in green, red and white stripes ; overall in good condition with minor abrasion, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip of paper with notes in handwriting of G. Meredith-Owens "MO 3. Persian | Dīvān of S̲anāʼī in two different hands (perhaps from two incomplete copies of the same work). Undated. XIXth century." -- b. Slip of paper with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- c. Recycled card with note "binding by Menzies, London, 1914" -- d. Slip of paper: "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes."

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 13


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest late 18th or 19th century [as proposed by G. Meredith-Owens].

Ownership and History:

Back flyleaf (p.239) stamped in black ink "FAZAKERLEY BINDER MANCHESTER" ; extensive marginal and interlinear glosse ; collation marks (unpointed "بلغ") in opening section.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


İsmail Paşa. Īḍāḥ al-maknūn,1/495Muḥsin al-Amīn. Aʻyān al-Shīʻah,v. 5 p.465

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Posted by evyn on March 9, 2011
Tags: F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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