Isl. Ms. 894


[Bahāristān,1073, i.e. 1662 or 1663].[بهارستان,1073ه, 1662 او 1663م].



Place/Date of Production:

[1662 or 1663].


88 leaves :paper ;204 x 154 (135 x 100) mm.


Fine copy of Jāmī's collection of sayings, anecdotes, short notes and stories.

Other Title(s):

Behāri-stān e Djāmī


Persian literature--747-1500.
Persian prose literature--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"چو مرغ امر ذی بالی ز آغاز نه از نیروی حمد آید به پرواز ..."


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"Scribal," triangular, reads "تمت الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب على يد الضعيف عباد الصمد مرتضى بن محمد غفر الله له ولوالديه ولمن دعا له بالمغفره ... سنه ثلث وسبعين بعد الالف سنه ۱۰۷۳ ..."


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Physical Details:

iv, V (10), 2 VI(34), 4 V(74), VI (86), I (88), iii ; quinions and senions ; catchwords present ; text of p.26 apparently mistakenly entered by the copyist upside down (dotted lines provided for navigational clues) ; foliation in black ink, Western numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and flyleaves).


Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh with influence of nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand in a medium line ; mainly serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, exaggerated elongation of horizontal strokes, curvilinear descenders, pointing (two and three dots) mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots, occasional effect of words descending to baseline ; hand changes just before close (pp.187-189) to a more compact nastaʻlīq.


Keywords and headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; written area of incipit page surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper of a few types ; opening type with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of three crescents (about 80 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.24, 30, 84, 42, etc.) ; another type with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and crown-star-crescent watermark (see p.38, 42, 54, 56, 190, etc.) ; another type with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain line spaced 26-28 mm. apart (horizontal) and three crescents watermark (75 mm. tall, perpendicular to chains, see p.118, 150, etc.) ; all quite sturdy, dark cream in color, well-sized and burnished.


Boards covered in grey mottled (sponge-stained look) paper with green fading to tan leather over spine and board corners (half binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted laid paper ; spine accented with raised bands and gold-stamped title, author and shelfmark "BEHĀRI- STĀN E DJĀMĪ | MS. 1073" ; head edge of text block gilt ; sewn in white thread, over recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands ; overall in fair condition with slight abrasion, loss of pigment, etc. ; not original, note on upper pastedown describes rebinding.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with description (in hand of E. Husselman ?) "ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad, called Jāmī. Bahāristān | Have many parts of the Haft Awrang, and some other poems, but apparently not this in Mich. MS. Isl." (paginated pp.1-2) -- b. Slip of paper with description in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "MO 18 Bahāristān of Jāmī | copied in 1073" (paginated pp.3-4) -- c. Slip with note "counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" (paginted pp.5-6) -- d. Slip with note "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) with Husselman and Meredith-Owen notes" (paginated pp.7-8).

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 43


As appears in colophon on p.189 (accompanied by scribal verses), copied by Murtaz̤á ibn Muḥammad with transcription completed in 1073 [1662 or 3].

Ownership and History:

Signature of F. E. Nuttall in black ink on upper pastedown, accompanying description of rebinding "Rebound by Menzies, Oct. 1914. | Ff. 1-88. A leaf has been inserted between the endpaper and f. 1. F. 88 was pasted on the end-paper when the book was bought. The sections were made up of leaves as follows: – 10, 12, 12, 10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 2." ; former owners' marks on incipit page (p.17) include a few partially legible inscriptions and circular stamp / seal impression in purple ink ; scribal verses accompany colophon at close including "كتبت كتابي بخط جميل وعمر كثير ويوم طويل اخاف من الموت اذا جاءني يباع كتابي بشيء قليل" ; notes and excerpts on leaves at close of codex, including crudely written ownership statement in ink in name of one "عبد الصمن ابن بصون باشى مصطفى اغا" on p.191 (also on p.192 in pencil, with some variation) and inscription "John J. Beer | Rack Ferry" (p.191) ; back flyleaf stamped "[F]AZAKERLEY BINDER MANCHESTER" ; glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Murtaz̤á ibn Muḥammad, fl. 1663, scribe. 05 مرتضى بن محمد, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.755Velkov, Asparoukh and Stephane Andreev. Filigranes dans les documents ottomans. I Trois croissants [= Водни знаци в Османотурските документи. I Три луни]. (Sofia: Bibliotheque Nationale "Cyrille et Methode" Comission Archeographique Bulgare Section Orientale, 1983):nos. 229-235

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

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