Isl. Ms. 430


[Arbaʻīn-i Jāmī ,16th century?].[اربعین جامی,قرن 16م؟].



Place/Date of Production:



8 leaves :paper ;232 x 154 (138 x 73) mm.


Fine copy of Jāmī's verse paraphrase of forty ḥadīth.

Other Title(s):

اربعين جامىTarjamah-ʼi manẓūm-i chihil ḥadīs̲ترجمۀ منظوم چهل حدیث


Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Poetry--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.


Arabic and Persian.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"صحیح ترین حدیثی که راویان مجالس دین ... این چهل کلمه است ازان کلمات که سهولت فهم و حفظ را بنظم فارسی ترجمه گر ده می آید امید ... لا ؤمن احدكم حتى يحب لاخيه ما يحب لنفسه هر کسی را لقب مکن مؤمن گرچه از سعی جان وتن کاهد ..."


"لا يشبع المؤمن من دون جاره صدق هر که در خطه مسلمانی باشد از نقد دین گر انمایه... اربعینهاى سالکان جامی هست بهر وصول صدر قبول منست از فضل حق عجیب و غریب که بدین اربعین رسی بوصول"


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Physical Details:

IV-1 (7), I (9), i ; quaternion (anomalous, "missing leaf" possibly pasted to leaf carrying incipit page) followed by single bifolium ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in roughly 9 lines per page, three of ḥadīth text and six of the Persian verse paraphrase with the hemistiches of four lines of verse divided and arranged on the diagonal ; written area divided to set off the ḥadīth text and elucidation ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless with characteristic descent of words to baseline and superscripting of final words and letters ; elongation of horizontal strokes ; contrast in thickness of horizontal and vertical strokes.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the basmalah flanked by floral vegetal accents in gold, yellow, red and white on a field of blue (approaching lapis lazuli), surmounted by larger rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche and surrounding floral vegetal accents in gold, red, and light blue on a field of blue bordered in bands of red and heavy gold interlace, itself surmounted by a scalloped triangular piece or hasp continuing the floral vegetal design ; larger rectangular piece and triangular piece are set in an elaborate well of gold, red, green, and blue bands and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area throughout gold-flecked and surrounded by a gold frame with outer gold and blue rules.


non-European laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, indistinct) and no chain lines plainly visible, cloudy formation, quite thin though sturdy, burnished ; staining and tide lines ; back flyleaf in European laid paper with "GFA" under eagle watermark.


Pasteboards faced in marbled paper (in red and green) with red leather over spine, fore edge of upper board, and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in untinted European laid paper ; sewn in dark pink thread, four stations ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of leather and paper, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"524 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover ; "231" inscribed in pencil on 'title page’ (p.1).


Lacks dated scribal colophon ; decoration, paper, etc. suggest 16th century.

Ownership and History:

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.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.17

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Posted by evyn on May 19, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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