Isl. Ms. 345


Nizāʻ-i tavāngar darvīsh,[1268, i.e.1851].نزاع توانگر درویش,[1268ه, 1851م].


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Place/Date of Production:



21 leaves :paper ;232 x 150 (132 x 70) mm.


Fine copy of a work of advice literature of uncertain authorship.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf:نصایح نامهنصايح نامهNaṣāyiḥʻnāmahNaṣāʼiḥ nāmah


Didactic poetry, Persian.
Persian poetry.
Didactic literature, Persian.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الحمد لله رب العالمین والصلوة والسلام على خیر خلقه محمد وآله اجمعین اما بعد حکیمی سپر انرا پند همیداد ..."


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"Scribal," reads "كاتب السلطانى محمد حسين الطهرانى مسوده نموده فى شهر محرم الحرام سنه ١٢۶۸"


Dedicated to Nāṣir al-Dīn Shāh Qājār (see fol.20a).


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), III (14), III+1 (21), i ; quaternion and two ternions.


Written in 7 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; large, elegant hand ; serifless, with slight effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes ; partially vocalized.


Some keywords rubricated, many others in blue, turquoise, etc. ; some vocalization rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; written area surrounded by heavy frame in gold with red and blue fillets, margins bordered in much narrower bands of red and gold ; text of incipit and facing page set of by gold (now gone to dark green) cloud-bands ; in some places written area flecked with gold (now green).


European wove paper ; highly burnished.


Boards covered in orange-red leather with gray-brown leather over spine and edges / turn-ins (turned-out doublures, framed binding, compare Isl. Ms. 302) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in same gray-brown leather ; upper and lower covers carry border and central ornament faintly stained in the leather ; sewn in spring green thread, six stations ; overall in fairly good condition with some staining, minor abrasion etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon (fol.21a), copied (and possibly also composed) by royal scribe (kātib al-sulṭānī) Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Ṭihrānī with transcription completed Muḥarram 1268 [October-November 1851].

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on front flyleaf "391 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; also on front flyleaf, inscription identifying copyist "نصايح نامه خط ميرزا حسين طهرانى" ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Ṭihrānī, fl. 1852, scribe. 05 محمد حسين الطهرانى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

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

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