Isl. Ms. 331


[Yūsuf va Zulaykhā,late 15th or early 16th century?].[یوسف و زلیخا,پایان قرن 15 یا اغاز قرن 16م؟].



Place/Date of Production:



122 leaves ([244] p.) :paper ;232 x 170 (148 x 75) mm.


Yūsuf va Zulaykhā is the fifth of seven masnavīs (long poem in rhymed couplets) that make up Jāmī's Haft Awrang (Seven Thrones), composed in 888/1483. This manuscript is missing the first folio of the dibācheh. The first complete section begins: "be-nām-i ānkeh nām-esh..."(contribution by D. Mancini-Lander).

Other Title(s):

Haft awrangهفت اورنگTitle from inscription in red ink on recto of final leaf:يوسف زليها حكايه سىEdge title (tail):یوسف و زلیخايوسف و زليخا


Persian poetry--747-1500.
Masnavis, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Sufi poetry, Persian--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"نه بینم پخته زین بزم و خامی که بر کف باشد ش زان با ده جامی ..."


"زبانرا گوشمال خامشی ده که هست از هر چه گوئی خامشی به"


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Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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Physical Details:

IV-2 (6), 14 IV(118), II (122) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization).


Written in 17 lines per page with written area divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Text written in black nastaʻlīq script (contribution by D. Mancini-Lander).


Red rubrics ; pages are bordered in blue and gold lines (contribution by D. Mancini-Lander).


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical, curved slightly and only somewhat indistinct) and irregular chain lines only faintly visible, thin and crisp, quite well-sized and burnished ; some tears, staining, etc.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in dark red leather with central scalloped mandorla of dark leather filigree over bronze shagreen onlays accented with gold outlines and rule border ; upper and lower covers stamped with scalloped, four-lobed central ornament and cornerpieces (all filled with vegetal compositions), outlined in gold and set off by gold-tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps (forming a chain) ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light blue and cream, tailband gone, headband in tact ; overall in fair condition with some lifting and losses of leather, minor delamination, split joints, slight warping in boards, detaching at spine.

Former Shelfmarks:

"352 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on final leaf (p.244).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, hand, binding, etc. suggests late 15th or early 16th century.

Ownership and History:

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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.


Browne,v. iii, p.515-16, 531-33Rypka,p. 286-8

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Posted by evyn on August 2, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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