Isl. Ms. 860 v.6


Jild-i shishum-i Rawz̤at al-ṣafā,[17th century?].جلد ششم روضه الصفا,قرن 17م؟].


Mīr Khvānd, Muḥammad ibn Khāvandshāh,1433-1498.مير جواند، محمد بن جواندشاه.

Place/Date of Production:



519 leaves :paper ;268 x 168 (187 x 100) mm. bound to 277 x 182 mm.


Fine copy of the sixth volume, addressing Tīmūr and his successors to the death of Abū Saʻīd, of the celebrated universal history Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ fī sīrat al-anbiyāʼ va al-mulūk va al-khulafāʼ by the Tīmūrid historian Muḥammad ibn Khvāndshāh Mīr Khvānd (d.1498).

Other Title(s):

Rawz̤at al-ṣafāʼ.jild 6روضة الصفا.جلد 6Title from colophon on p.1037:دفتر السادس من روضة الصفاRoozut ol Sufa 6


World history--Early works to 1800.
Timurids--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Islamic Empire--History--1258-1517--Early works to 1800.
Iran--History--1256-1500--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1) and inscription on 'title page' (p.5).


"جواهر حمد و سپاس و لالی شکر بی قیاس ..."


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"Scribal," reads "تمت کتابت الکتاب عن دفتر السادس من روضة الصفا"


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Physical Details:

ii, 64 IV(512), IV-1 (519), ii ; exclusively quaternions ; middle of the quire marks in the form of black oblique strokes in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf and the lower outer corner of the left-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and skips two pages each between pp.609-610 and 893-894).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand in a bold line ; serifless with effect tilt to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline, exaggerated thickness and elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct or conjoined dots, letterforms spaciously arranged though medium in size.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.6 consisting of rectangular piece with basmalah surrounded by gold 'cloud-bands' with blue accents, surmounted by scalloped dome with floral vegetal decoration in blue, lavender, red, etc. on a gold ground, set into a well of red and gold bands bordering a series of blue crosses ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by frame of gold and red bands with outermost blue rule ; illuminated marginal decoration in a band of gold vegetal design on incipit and facing page ; written area elsewhere surrounded by triple rule-border in red and blue fillets ; keywords and headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Indian or Persian) laid paper ; mainly a type with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat indistinct, some curving) and irregular chain lines faintly visible, thin and crisp though sturdy, dark cream to beige in color, well-burnished ; minor pest damage ; several repairs.


Boards covered in light orange brown leather decorated in "marbled calf" manner ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in light blue-green surface-dyed wove paper ; spine in dark green and brown leather, gold-stamped with decorative bands and title "ROOZUT OL SUFA 6" ; edges of text block red-flecked ; sewn in white thread over three recessed cords ; worked Western style endbands, in fair condition though headband is detaching ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion and deterioration of leather, upper cover and spine leather detaching, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Card with description in pencil "rowẓat al-ṣafā | (MS) | vol. 6 (pages unnumbered) | Date: 1118 AH [crossed out]" -- b. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Meredith-Owens notes" -- c. Slip with note "'Counted for 1968/69 Annual Report"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 9 v.6


Lacks dated colophon (i.e. colophon does not specify date of transcription) though ownership statement and seal impression in name of Mīr Jumlah provide terminus ante quem of roughly 1663 ; paper, hand, etc. would suggest 17th century.

Ownership and History:

On verso of front flyleaf (p.1) description with title, hand, contents for this volume, and listing of the former owners whose seals (مهر) appear in the manuscript ; inscription on inner front flyleaf (p.3) "Apparently was once the property of the celebrated Khan Khanan, Commander in chief of Mohammad Shah. M.A. [?]" ; former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.5) include partially effaced statement, statement with title and date "هفتم رجب سنه هزار و یکصد و ...؟" i.e. 11-- [1689 or after], small oval seal impression (effaced) and large circular seal impression (repeated twice and again on p.1036) in name of the Mughal general Mīr Jumlah Khān-i Khānān Bahādur Muʻaẓẓam Khān (d.1663) (میر جمله خان خانان بهادر معظم خان ) ; rectangular seal impression dated 1186 [1772 or 3] at close on p.1037 in name of Muḥammad Ḥusaynī Ṣāʼib ( محمد حسينى صايب ) ; occasional notabilia (side-heads) and marginal notes.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Mir Jumla, d. 1663, former owner. Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner. 07 مير جمله, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.92 ff.Storey,i, 92-101, 1236Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,1/926

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

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