Isl. Ms. 324


Kullīyāt-i Mullā Jāmī,[early 16th century?].كلیات ملا جامی,[آغاز قرن 16م؟].



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380 leaves :paper ;222 x 163 (122 x 81) mm.


Splendid copy of the collected poetic works (prose works are not included despite use of term "kullīyāt" in 'title page' inscription) of Mawlānā Nūr al-Dīn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Jāmī (d.1492). Opens with the opening of one of his seven mas̲navīs, Tuḥfat al-aḥrār (contribution to the cataloguing from H. Mottaghi and İ. E. Binbaş).

Other Title(s):

PoemsديوانTitle from exquisite double-page illumination at opening:قصاید و غزلیات افصح فضلا و افضل فصحی جامع فنون كلامی مولانا عبد الرحمن جامیQaṣāʼid va ghazalīyāt-i afṣaḥ-i fuz̤alā va afz̤al-i fuṣaḥā jāmiʻ-i funūn-i kalāmī-yi Mawlānā ʻAbd al-Raḥmān JāmīDīvān-i Jāmīكليات ملا جامىقصايد وغزليات افصح فضلا وافضل فصحى جامع فنون كلامى مولانا عبد الرحمن جامى


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


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (fol.1a).
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 324


"بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم هست صلای سر خوان کریم ..."


"چه خوش باشد که در کاشانه غم دو همدم درد دل گویند با هم"


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Physical Details:

i, IV-1 (7), 2 IV(23), III (29), 34 IV(301), III (307), 8 IV(371), IV+1 (380), i ; Chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present (occasionally lacking) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 14 lines per page, often divided to two columns ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Nastaʻlīq ; compact, elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Exquisite double-page illumination at opening on fol.1b-2a consists of large rectangular panels each divided to central rectangular panel carrying opening text set off by cloud-bands (in gold with floral accents) and upper and lower rectangular panels with gold cartouches carrying the title and author ("قصايد و غزليات افصح فضلا و افضل فصحى جامع فنون كلامي مولانا عبد الرحمن جامى") in white flanked by pendants and surrounded by elegant swirling arabesque with floral accents in gold, red, black, light blue, lavender, yellow, etc. on fields of gold and lapis lazuli evoking book cover design, entire rectangular panel surrounded by elaborate scalloped border (marginal decoration) evoking a series of scalloped domes and rosettes accented with perpendicular stalks [tīgh] at the spandrels and apices of the scallops and filled with continuation of the vegetal and chī cloud design on fields of gold and lapis lazuli ; further elegant illuminated headpieces at the openings of the قصايد (fol.70b) and غزليات (fol.73b) ; written area throughout gold-flecked and surrounded by frame consisting of a series of red, turquoise, gold, 'white' (blind outline in black fillets), and blue fillets ; keywords and headings in white ; bands of interlace or floral vegetal decoration on a filed of gold accent the written area of many pages.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, curved and somewhat indistinct) and no chain lines plainly visible, dark cream in color, sturdy and quite well-burnished ; some breakthrough at frames (a few repaired).


Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap), two-piece binding, overlapping flanges visible at spine ; pastedowns and flyleaves in marbled paper (mainly in yellow, blue, lavender, orange, etc.) on European laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry central rectangular panel defined by gold fillets with tooled rosette accents and guilloché roll border (flanked by gold fillets) in gold ; sewn in dark pink thread, four stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, fairly good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion, staining, lifting of spine leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"130" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf and on 'title page' (p.1).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. may suggest early 16th century (binding much later).

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf and on 'title page' (fol.1a) "130" ; effaced statements on 'title page' (p.1) ; ownership statement (partially obscured by repair) accompanied by oval seal impression, statement reads "من تملكات ... الطوسى [?]" ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.


Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 643 f.

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Posted by evyn on May 16, 2011
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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H. Mottaghi on paragraph 16:

اولين کتاب تحفة الاحرار جامي است

February 24, 2012 6:44 pm
evrim on paragraph 6:

It is rather inaccurate to call this a “kulliyat”, as it doesn’t include any of the prose works of Jami. Cf. Istanbul Suleymaniye Kutuphanesi Ms. Ayasofya 4207, 4208, and Nuruosmaniye 4177; Oxford Bodleian Library Ms. Marsh 4177.

January 2, 2014 6:22 pm
Evyn Kropf :

Dear Evrim,
Thank you indeed for your comment on the description of Isl. Ms. 324.While the characterization “kullīyāt” for this manuscript’s contents may be inaccurate, use of “Kullīyāt-i Mullā Jāmī” for the main title in the description is entirely appropriate as this is the title supplied on the ‘title page’ of the manuscript, cf.;page=root;view=image;size=100;seq=5
You will find this source of main title referenced within the description in a later note
The intention is to represent internal evidence for characterization of the manuscript’s contents (which may indeed be later than the original transcript, and certainly than the original composition).
A fuller (and more accurate) characterization of the contents (poetic works without prose in particular) is captured in the uniform title, other titles, subject headings and summary note. Of course other titles will also capture other historical characterization of contents that may also be inaccurate.
All of this is hopefully clearer in the complete and proper description which appears in the online catalogue:
In any case, I will add a few remarks to the summary note to ensure that this is clear.
Hoping you are well!

January 2, 2014 7:58 pm

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