Isl. Ms. 366


[Dīvān-i Zakī Hamadānī,1240?, i.e. 1825?].[دیوان زکی همدانی,1240ه؟, 1825م؟].


Zakī Hamadānī,d. 1620 or 21?زكى همدانى.

Place/Date of Production:



107 leaves :paper ;140 x 94 (102 x 54) mm.


Worn, acephalous copy of a selection of poetry, possibly from the Dīvān of Zakī Hamadānī (see Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī, no.2352). Contribution to the cataloguing from Hossein Mottaghi.

Other Title(s):

ديوان زكى همدانى


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




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"بسوی مصر نیامد نسیمی از کنعان که دامنی نزند آتش زلیخا را ..."


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"Scribal," reads "نمقه الاقل [؟] العبد عبد الرشيد ... في شهر رمضان المبارك سنه ۱۲۴۰ [?] ..."


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Physical Details:

VI-1 (7), 7 IV(63), III (69), 4 IV(101), III (107) ; almost exclusively quaternions with two ternions ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present.


Written in 14 lines per page, mainly divided to two columns; frame-ruled.


Shikastah (shikastah-nastaʻlīq / شكسته نستعليق ) ; elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated 'horizontal' strokes.


Keywords (mainly in margins at end of each line) and section headings rubricated ; races of once "gold" (now gone to green) cloud-bands on opening leaf (facing now lost incipit page) ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of "gold" band defined by black fillets with outermost light blue fillet, columns within and margin defined by narrow "gold" bands outlined by black fillets.


non-European laid (likely Indian or Persian) paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical, quite distinct) and no chain lines clearly visible, well-burnished, sturdy, and fairly transluscent though stained a dark brown.


Red-brown (see turn-ins) coarse-grained leather lined in untinted laid paper (limp binding) ; Type III binding (without flap), two piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in lime green thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone, though core of headband remains ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, moisture damage, staining, spine curved and fore edge protruding, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Folded slip of paper with notes in blue ink in hand of G. Meredith-Owens "366 A Dīvān, probably that of Amīr Khusraw of Delhi (but I should need rapid copies of some folios to verify this). 19th century - the paper suggests India."

Former Shelfmarks:

"426 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.


As appears in colophon at close, copied by ("nammaqahu [?]...") one ʻAbd al-Rashīd ...[?] with transcription completed in Ramaḍān 1240 [?] [April-May 1825, or April-May 1140, 1725 ?].

Ownership and History:

Teardrop-shaped seal impression by colophon at close ; partially effaced inscriptions on final leaf and interior of lower cover.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Āghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī. al-Dharīʻah ilá taṣānīf al-Shīʻah,no.2352, vol.9, p.403

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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 11:

بسوی مصر نیامد نسیمی از کنعان‏
که دامنی نزند آتش زلیخا را

February 24, 2012 5:28 pm

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