953, i.e. 1546].
[بوستان, 953ه, 1546م].
|Related Names:||Abdülhamid II Sultan of the Turks 1842-1918, former owner., Sulṭān Ḥusayn ibn Jamshīd fl. 1546, scribe.|
Manuscripts, Persian /
Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan /
Masnavis, Persian > Masnavis, Persian / Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry > Persian poetry / 747-1500.
Headpieces (layout features) > Headpieces (layout features) / 16th century.
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 302
Origin: As appears in colophon, copied by Sulṭān Ḥusayn ibn Jamshīd with transcription completed in Ramaḍān 953 [October-November 1546]. Mounting carried out much later ; paper with embossed mark suggests 19th century.
Former shelfmark: "186 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on recto of front flyleaf.
Binding: Semi-limp boards faced in dull red leather with dark green leather over spine and edges / turn-ins (leather faced and edged framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in dull green-brown leather ; doublure hinges in same dark green leather ; upper and lower covers carry traces of stained blue border defining a central rectangular panel ; now sewn in cream thread over two cords (quite wide, not recessed, flexible sewing, apparent as ridges on spine), other sewing holes visible ; overall in fair condition with staining, abrasion, etc. ; framing may constitute a repair.
Support: non-European (likely Persian) laid paper ; written area later mounted in borders of tinted (in varying shades of blue, lavender, etc.) and gold-flecked wove paper with almond shaped embossed mark ("... SMYRNA [SMYRNA]" see fol.7, 9, etc. compare embossed mark in paper of Isl. Ms. 10, copied in Kharparūt [i.e. Harput, Kharberd / Kharpert, etc. now Elazığ] in 1853) ; some breakthrough at frames.
Decoration: Exquisite double-page illumination at opening consisting of large rectangular panels each divided to central rectangular panel carrying opening text set off by cloud-bands (in gold with delicate floral motifs in blue), flanking vertical panels filled with delicate arabesques in red, black, gold, lavender, yellow, etc. on fields of blue set in lozenges defined by narrow white bands, and upper and lower rectangular panels with gold lozenges carrying verses ("خوشتر از كتاب در جهان يارى نيست در غمكده زمانه غمخوارى نيست هر لحظه از او بگوشه تنهائى صد راحتى است هرگز آزادى نيست") in white surrounded by rich, swirling arabesques with floral accents in gold, white, pink, lavender, etc. on fields of gold and blue set off by looping bands in white ; elswhere throughout, written area surrounded by a gold frame with outermost blue rule ; section headings set off in splendid rectangular headpieces (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) carrying headings in white.
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; exquisite hand in a thin to medium line ; serifless with effect of inclination to the right, words descending to baseline, elongation and slight contrast in thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing mainly in distinct dots.
Layout: Written mainly in 12 lines per page, mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.
Collation: III (6), III-3 (9), III (15), 2 II(23) ; ternions and binions ; catchwords present.
Colophon: "Scribal," triangular, reads "وقع الفارغ من كتابته فى شهر رمضان المبارك سنه ثلاث وخمسين وتسعمائة كتبه العبد سلطان حسين بن جمشيد "
Explicit: "بضاعت نیاوردم الا امید خدایا ز عفوم مکن نا امید"
Incipit: "بنام خداوند جان آفرین حکیم سخن در زبان آفرین خداوند بخشنده ی دستگیر کریم خطا بخش پوزش پذیر عزیزی که هر کز درش سر بتافت..."
Title supplied by cataloguer.
Inscription in pencil on verso of opening leaf "186 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; note what may be the age of the book on verso of final leaf ; possible effaced former owner's mark below colophon ; otherwise clean copy.
23 leaves :
232 x 135 (131 x 68) mm.
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