Isl. Ms. 333


[Haft awrang,late 15th or 16th century?].[هفت اورنگ,پایان قرن 15 یا اغاز قرن 16م؟].



Place/Date of Production:



353 leaves :paper ;237 x 175 (161 x 111) mm. bound to 247 x 190 mm.


Fine though incomplete copy of the seven mas̲navīs of Jāmī (d.1492) collected under the title Haft awrang, opening with Yūsuf va Zulaykhā and concluding with Silsilat al-ẕahab (arrangement differs from that outlined in Jāmī's preface). Appears to lack Salāmā va Absāl and Tuḥfat al-Aḥrār.

Other Title(s):

Haft awrangهفت اورنگ


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


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


[Yūsuf va Zulaykhā] "الهی غنچه امید بگشای گلی از روضه جاوید بنمای ..."


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1. p.2-p.143 : [Yūsuf va Zulaykhā] / Jāmī.
2. p.144-p.145 : [blank].
3. p.146-p.274 : Majnūn va Laylá / Jāmī.
4. p.275 : [blank].
5. p.276-p.357 : [Khiradnāmah-i Iskandarī] / Jāmī.
6. p.358-p.359 : [blank].
7. p.360-p.469 : [Subḥat al-abrār] / Jāmī.
8. p.470-p.471 : [blank].
9. p.472-p.580 : [Silsilat al-ẕahab, daftar-i duvvum] / Jāmī.
10. p.581 : [blank].
11. p.582-p.705 : [Silsilat al-ẕahab, daftar-i avval, etc.] / Jāmī.

Physical Details:

i, 3 IV(24), 2 IV-2+2 (40), IV (8), IV-2+2 (56), 3 IV(80), III+1 (87), 5 IV(127), III (133), II (137), 7 IV(179), 2 IV(195), 3 III(213), IV-2+2 (221), III (227), 7 IV(283), II (287), 2 IV(303), 2 III(315), IV (323), III-4+4 (329), II (333), III+2 (341), III-4+4 (347), III (353), i ; mainly quaternions and ternions (some anomalous) ; numerous missing leaves have been replaced but with lacunae left unfilled ; moisture damage or intential removal of text from p.487 ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page, written area mainly divided into four columns ; frame-ruled.


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


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying effaced title in red, surrounded by swirling arabesque (in turquoise, red, gold, etc.) and geometric motifs defined by white bands on a field of blue (approaching lapis lazuli), bordered in heavy band of gold interlace and floral vegetal desgin in gold, red and blue on a black ground, surmounted by scalloped triangular piece or hasp (filled with floral vegetal design on a gold ground) set into a rectangular band filled with arabesque on a blue (approaching lapis lazuli) ground, all surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area throughout surrounded by frame in gold bands with outermost blue rule, columns within written area also bounded by gold rules ; numerous lacunae left, possibly for headpieces and rubricated passages (only opening mas̲navī bears headpiece ; rubricated text has been provided for opening of Silsilat al-ẕahab, see pp.582-605).


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (mainly vertical, somewhat indistinct) and no chain lines plainly visible, cloudy formation, beige in color, sturdy, well-burnished ; some staining ; replacement leaves in wove paper ; some leaves guarded.


Pasteboards covered in dark mahogany leather ; Western style binding (hollow back, not flush, rounded spine, etc.) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in textured and coated, foil-stamped paper (scalloped floral vegetal design in green and gold on white) ; upper and lower covers carry gold-stamped (over onlays, orange leather / shagreen and blue coated and embossed paper) oval central ornament with radiating vegetal design, cornerpieces and border pieces ; on spine, raised bands as well as further stamped ornaments over orange shagreen onlays and at center another oval ornament in green ; eges of text block gilt ; now sewn in white thread over two heavy recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"528 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. may suggest 17th or even late 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf "582 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; some glosses in opening of Silsilat al-ẕahab (see pp.582-605) ; otherwise 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.644 ff.

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

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