Catalog Record: Haft Awrang, [1060, i.e. 1650 | Hathi Trust Digital Library


Haft Awrang, [1060, i.e. 1650].

هفت اورنگ, [1060ه, 1650م].

Main Author: Jāmī, 1414-1492.
Related Names: Abdülhamid II Sultan of the Turks 1842-1918, former owner., Sulṭān Muḥammad Tāyabādī fl. 1650, scribe.
Language(s): Persian
Published: [1650].
Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian > Michigan > Ann Arbor.
Masnavis, Persian > Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry > 747-1500.
Note: Origin: As appears in colophon at close on p.617, copied by Sulṭān Muḥammad Tāyabādī (who also completed the transcript of Isl. Ms. 286 in Rabīʻ I 1066 / ca. January 1656) with transcription completed in Rajab 1060 [July 1650].
Former shelfmark: 187 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.
Binding: Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap), possibly two-piece binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in light-blue embossed paper (swirling grape and vine pattern over lined bands) with gold-painted border ; upper and lower covers carry large gold-stamped, scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, reminiscent of Déroche class. OAi 5), pendants, cornerpieces and bordering lozenges flanked by gold-painted borders in rules and a series of s-shaped stamps ; edges of text block gold and silver-painted with strokes and saz leaf motifs ; sewn in red thread, four stations ; worked chevron endbands in burgandy and gold, good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and red rot of leather at corners, board edges and spine.
Support: non-European laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, fairly distinct, curving) and occasional chain lines faintly visible, beige to light brown in color, burnished ; tinted wove papers have been inserted to protect illuminated decoration at openings (occasional "L-JDL & Co" watermark) ; repairs to tears in leaves using paper ; guards on earlier leaves ; breakthrough along gold frames in some leaves.
Decoration: Elegant illuminated headpiece at opening of preface (p.2) consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche surmounted by scalloped dome each filled with delicated swirling vegetal pattern in gold and white with yellow, red, lavender and green floral accents all on a striking lapis lazuli ground and set in a well of heavy gold interlace flanked by bands of red and light blue with crosses in white and dark blue ; brilliant illuminated double-page opening marks each of the seven mas̲navīs (and each of the two daftars in Silsilat al-ẕahab) on pp.4-5, 108-109, 186-187, 220-221, 268-269, 348-349, 456-457, 554-555, involving rectangular pieces filled with varying vegetal designs on fields of lapis lazuli, gold, etc., bands of gold interlace, and flanking borders of swirling vegetal designs incorporating flowers, saz leaves, etc. ; written area gold-flecked and surrounded by frame of gold, turquoise (pistachio), red and blue bands defined by black fillets ; section headings and some keywords rubricated.
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; small, elegant hand in a thin line ; characteristically serifless with gentle effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, contrast in thickness of horizontal and vertical strokes, pointing in conjoined or distinct dots, long sweeping shaqq on kāf, point of final or free-standing nūn often omitted but where present set just down in bowl.
Layout: Written in 20 lines per page with written area mainly divided to four columns ; frame-ruled.
Collation: ii, 37 IV (296), III (302), IV-1 (309), ii ; catchwords present ; leaves between sections left partially blank ; pagination in Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing.
Colophon: "Scribal," triangular, in Arabic, reads "تمت الكتاب بعنايت الملك الكريم الوهاب تحريرا فى تاريخ شهر رجب المرجب سنه ١۰۶۰ كتبه سلطان محمد تایبادی"
Explicit: "که تا بیند از گوش دل بر کشیم همه گوش کردیم و دم در کشیم"
Incipit: "حمد الرب جلیل من عبد ذليیل وسلاما علی حبیب فایق من محب صادق و علی آله المهتدین بنور جماله اما بعد نظم این هفت مثنویست که چون هفت آسمان ..."
Title from inscriptions on 'title page' (p.1).
Ms. codex.
Several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.1) including three effaced seal impressions (oval, almond shaped, and lobed) and statement dated 1277 [1860 or 1] ; at close of at close on p.617, rectangular seal impression in name of Muḥammad ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad Riz̤ā al-Raz̤avī (محمد علی بن محمد رضا الرضوی) which also appears at close of opening mas̲navī marked "مهر كاتب كتاب" (i.e. possibly seal of the copyist) and a larger rectangular seal impression (effaced) ; on verso of final leaf (p.618) several effaced statements, effaced rectangular seal impression and effaced oval seal impression as well as birth statement dated 3 Jumādá II [?] 1222 [ca. 8 August 1807] now struck through with ink ; occasional marginal corrections ; gold paper tabs mark openings.
Physical Description: 309 leaves : paper ; 320 x 200 (227 x 120) mm.
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