Catalog Record: Kitāb-i Gulistān, [971, i.e. 1563 or 1564 | Hathi Trust Digital Library


Kitāb-i Gulistān, [971, i.e. 1563 or 1564].

کتاب گلستان, [971ه, 1563 یا 1564].

Main Author: Saʻdī.
Related Names: Abdülhamid II Sultan of the Turks 1842-1918, former owner., ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Shaykh Darvīsh Muḥammad al-Shirvānī fl. 1563, scribe.
Language(s): Persian
Published: [1563 or 1564].
Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian > Michigan > Ann Arbor.
Sufi poetry, Persian > Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry > 747-1500.
Headpieces (layout features) > 16th century.
Note: Origin: As appears in colophon on p.276, copied by ʻAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Shaykh Darvīsh Muḥammad al-Shirvānī, al-shahīr bi-Aflāṭūn, (Abdüllatif b. Derviş Mehmet eş-Şirvânî) with transcription completed in 971 [1563 or 4].
Former shelfmark: "344" inscribed in pencil on recto of opening leaf (p.1) ; "344 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of opening leaf (p.2).
Binding: Pasteboards covered in red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in brown leather ; upper and lower covers carry tooled and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche OAi 8), pendants and cornerpieces, along with tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps and fillets in gold ; upper and lower doublures carry diamond-shaped central ornament of gold-tooled interlace and border in gold fillets ; sewn in dull yellow, dark blue and dull pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dull yellow and pink, damaged somewhat ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, delamination of boards at corners, lifting of leather, envelope flap fully detached, etc. ; minor pieced repairs in dark brown leather ; housed in box for protection.
Support: European laid paper of perhap a few types ; opening type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 25-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of anchor in circle (see p.8-9, 22, etc.) ; another type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-32 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of crossbow in circle (p.262, 268, etc.) alternating with crossed arrows (see p.258, 272, etc.) ; all quite sturdy, dull cream in color, and well-burnished.
Decoration: Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of large (rising out of the well of turquoise and gold into which it is set and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue), scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) with a central cartouche (carrying the title "كتاب كلستان" in white on a black ground with red floral accents) surrounded by swirling floral vegetal motifs in gold, red, yellow, white, pink, and turquoise on fields of gold and lapis lazuli ; keywords and some vocalization rubricated, others chrysographed or in blue ink ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold band defined by black and blue fillets ; tailpiece consisting of floral accents in red and black ink flanking close (p.276).
Script: Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant hand ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, mainly closed counters, pointing in distinct dots.
Layout: Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled ; written area occasionally divided to two columns to set off verses.
Collation: 17 IV(136), I (138), i ; almost exclusively quaternions ; p.38 left partially blank, perhaps for illustration never realized ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (includes flyleaves).
Colophon: "Scribal," in Arabic, reads "كتبه العبد المذنب عبد اللطيف المذنب بن شيخ درويش محمد الشروانى الشهير بافلاطون غفر الله لهما في سنه ٩٧١ م"
Explicit: "در خاتمۀ کتاب گلستان تمام شد کتاب گلستان و الله الملک المستعان و بتوفیق باری عز اسمه درین جمله چنانکه عادت مؤلفان است از شعر متقدمان بطریق استعارت تلفیقی نرفت ... و اطلب لنفسک من خیر ترید به من بعد ذلک غفرانا لکاتبه"
Incipit: "منت خدایرا عز و جل که طاعتش موجب قربتست ..."
Title from headpiece at opening on p.4 and close on p.275.
Ms. codex.
Inscriptions in pencil "344" and "344 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on opening leaf (pp.1-2) ; interlinear and marginal glosses (mainly in Turkish) and occasional corrections ; traces of an almond-shaped seal impression on page facing incipit page (p.5) ; ownership statements on back flyleaf (recto in black ink, divani script, p.278 and verso in red ink, p.278) in name of Darvīsh Muḥammad Qiyādā [?] Zādah ( درويش محمد قيادا زاده / Derviş Mehmet Kıyâdâzade [?]), dated 30 Ṣafar 1138 [ca. 7 November 1725] and 113?, respectively.
Physical Description: 138 leaves : paper ; 195 x 135 (128 x 70) mm.
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