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Būstān,
[989, i.e. 1581 or 1582].

بوستان, [989ه, 1581 يا 1582م].

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Main Author: Saʻdī.
Related Names: Abdülhamid II Sultan of the Turks 1842-1918, former owner.
Language(s): Persian
Published: [Qazvīn, 1581 or 1582].
Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian > Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan > Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan / Ann Arbor.
Persian poetry > Persian poetry / 747-1500.
Headpieces (layout features) > Headpieces (layout features) / Islamic empire > Headpieces (layout features) / Islamic empire / 16th century.
Note: Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 303
Origin: As appears in colophon on fol.163b, copying completed in the year 989 [1581 or 1582] in Qazvīn.
Binding: Pasteboard (quite thin) covered in dark brown leather; Type III binding (without flap); upper and lower covers bear a gold-tooled central crosshatched diamond figure with emanating vertical lines that evoke pendants; doublures covered in orange paper; initial and final leaves covered in blue marbled paper; likely not the original binding since traces of a flap are found on fol.1a; in good condition.
Support: non-European (Persian) laid paper with laid lines running horizontally at roughly 8 laid lines per cm., chain lines running vertically and evenly spaced 30 mm. apart.
Decoration: Illuminated headpiece on incipit page (fol.1b) consists of two rectangular panels; the lower panel contains an empty gold cartouche on a lapis lazuli field flanked by two palmettes and vegetal accents, dominant colors are gold, red, light blue, white; upper panel features a semi-circular piece protruding through the top of the panel, executed in gold, black, red, lapis lazuli, and reddish-brown and decorated with vegetal designs including gold vines and flowers in light blue, red, pink, and some yellow; text is bordered by frame in red (reddish-orange), green, black, and gold; frame of incipit page adds light blue band and eliminates green band; text of incipit and facing pages is decorated with gold cloud-bands; text on all pages following the incipit and facing pages is set in a field of light blue flecked with gold; hemistiches are separated by two fine golden bands; text partially rubricated with headings in red and yellow (or gold), now faded.
Script: Nasta‘līq; single hand.
Layout: Written in 12 lines per page; single column of text, each line comprising a verse of poetry, with the two hemstitches of each verse divided by two thin, golden, bands.
Collation: 20 IV (160), II (164); chiefly quaternions with one binion; catchwords lacking; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (referenced in cataloguing).
Colophon: "Scribal," triangular, reads: "تمت الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب على يد الفقير الحقير المحتاج الى رحمة الله الغني عزيز في شهور سنة ۹۸۹ بدار السلطنة القزوين"
Explicit: "جز اين اعتمادم بيارى تست اميدم به آمرزگارى تست بضاعت نيارم الا اميد خدايا ز عفوم مكن نااميد"
Incipit: " بنام خداوند جان آفرين حكيم سخن در زبان آفرين خداوند بخشنده دسنگير كريم خطابخش و پوزش پذير"
Title from preface fol.5a.
Ms. codex.
No ownership marks are visible, though they may have been covered with the sheets of marbled paper pasted onto the intial and final leaves of the codex; there are traces of one seal impression (completely faded) placed either on the incipit page (fol.1b) or on the recto of the same folio (now covered with marbled paper); possible former shelfmark on tail-edge of textblock.
Physical Description: 164 leaves : paper ; 210 x 140 (145 x 80) mm.
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