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Gulistān,
[1271, i.e. 1855].

گلستان, [1271ه، 1855م].

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Main Author: Saʻdī.
Related Names: Abdülhamid II Sultan of the Turks 1842-1918, former owner., Mīrzā Āqā Khān Nūrī, Naṣr Allāh Iʻtimād al-Dawlah, Ṣadr-i Aʻẓam 1806 or 7-1864 or 5, patron, Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Shīrāzī fl. 1855, scribe.
Language(s): Persian
Published: [1855].
Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian > Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan > Manuscripts, Persian / Michigan / Ann Arbor.
Persian poetry > Persian poetry / 747-1500.
Headpieces (layout features) > Headpieces (layout features) / 19th century.
Note: Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 307
Origin: As appears at close on p.298-299, copy executed for Iʻtimād al-Dawlah Mīrzā Āqā Khān Khwājah-ʼi Nūrī Ṣadr-i Aʻẓam (اعتماد الدوله ... میرزا آقا خان خواجۀ نوری صدر اعظم) by Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Shīrāzī with transcription completed in Shawwāl 1271 [June-July 1855] (most likely reading). Numeral ٢ now appears as ١ though with evidence that some pigment has been lost.
Former shelfmark: "206 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on upper board lining ; "١٦" on 'title page' (p.1).
Binding: Pasteboards covered in dark gray leather (pebbled quality of shagreen) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; two-piece binding (overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; board linings in pink surface-dyed paper with stag leaping above pond (stag springing or salient, or even courant) watermark (see lower board lining) ; upper and lower covers carry gold-painted scalloped rectangular panel and frame ; sewn in light pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and dark magenta, good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with some abrasion and staining, negative draw in upper cover, etc.
Support: Wove paper, dark cream to beige in color, well-burnished to glossy.
Decoration: Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with basmalah flanked by gold cartouches and surmounted by elongated w-shaped piece filled with delicate floral vegetal decoration in shades of pink, blue, green, red, and orange on grounds of dark blue and gold set in a well of gold, dark blue, bright green and red bands ; brilliant illuminated marginal decoration (of floral motifs, saz leaves, etc. chiefly in gold with red, blue, orange, and black accents) completes the illuminated double-page opening (p.2-3) ; gold cloud-bands set off text on incipit and facing page ; written area gold-flecked and surrounded by frame in bands of gold, light blue, red, and turquoise with outermost blue rule, divisions within defined by narrow gold bands ; margin defined by red fillet flanked by black fillets ; keywords and some headings rubricated.
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; large, elegant hand in a medium line ; characteristically serifless, with gentle effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots, point of final nūn set just down in wide, angled bowl.
Layout: Written in 12 lines per page, occasionally divided to two columns to set off verses ; frame-ruled.
Collation: IV-1 (7), 19 II (83), IV-2 (89), 14 II (145), II+1 (150), i ; almost exclusively binions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing.
Colophon: "Scribal," rectangular, reads " ... و هم خط تحریر شان را بیاراید برای تعلیم طرز کتاب و هر مشق خط ناپسند این بنده جانی محمد حسین الشیرازی ... حرره فی شهر شوال سنه ١٢٧١"
Explicit: "تمام شد کتاب گلستان بتوفیق حضرت سبحان و هو المستعان و علیه التکلان بدانکه درین کتاب چنانکه رسم مؤلفانست و داب مصنفان از اشعار متقدمان بطریق استعارات تلفیقی نرفت ... بر رسولان بلاغ باشد و بس"
Incipit: "منت خدای را عز و جل که طاعتش موجب قربتست ..."
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1) and closing matter on p.296.
Ms. codex.
Inscription (unpointed) on 'title page' (p.2) with title and name of copyist "كلستان خط ميرزا محمد حسين شيرازى" ; clean copy.
Physical Description: 150 leaves : paper ; 258 x 158 (160 x 76) mm. bound to 262 x 158 mm.
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