Catalog Record: Silsilat al-ẕahab, [1009, i.e. 1601 | Hathi Trust Digital Library


Silsilat al-ẕahab, [1009, i.e. 1601].

سلسلة الذهب, [1009ه, 1601م].

Main Author: Jāmī, 1414-1492.
Related Names: Abdülhamid II Sultan of the Turks 1842-1918, former owner., Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn Ṣafāhānī fl. 1601, scribe.
Language(s): Persian
Published: [1601].
Subjects: Manuscripts, Persian > Michigan > Ann Arbor.
Masnavis, Persian > Early works to 1800.
Persian poetry > 747-1500.
Headpieces (layout features) > 17th century.
Note: Origin: As appears in colophon on p.366 (followed by scribal verses), copied by Muḥammad ibn Ḥusayn Ṣafāhānī, known as Jānī, with transcription completed 23 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1009 [ca. 25 June 1601].
Former shelfmark: "581 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.
Binding: Pasteboards covered (faced) in painted lacquerwork with light brown leather over spine and board edges / turn-ins, possibly constituting repair (lacquer faced, leather edged, framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in similar light brown leather with gold-painted rule border only partially visible ; upper and lower covers carry painted lacquerwork composition of simple bookcover design with recessed, stamped scalloped mandorla and pendants covered in metallic paint with golden copper hue and bordered in gold-painted accents with further gold-painted rule borders ; now sewn in white, red and green threads, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in magenta and sping green, good condition (protected by tabs of extended spine leather) ; overall in fairly good condition with minor cracking in lacquer, minor abrasion and delamination at board corners, etc. ; housed in box for protection.
Support: non-European (likely Persian) laid paper of perhaps two types ; one type with roughly 5 laid lines per cm. (mainly vertical, fairly distinct, some curving) and irregular chain lines only faintly visible, somewhat cloudy formation, inclusions, well-burnished to glossy, thin, crisp and transluscent, dark cream in color ; another type, thicker and sturdier with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (mainly vertical, indistinct, some curving) and no chain lines plainly visible, well-burnished (burnisher's marks visible), dark cream in color ; endpapers and repairs (fills, etc.) in wove paper ; some moisture damage and tide lines.
Decoration: Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche surrounded by delicate swirling vegetal designs in gold with red, turquoise (pistachio), and white floral accents on a ground of lapis lazuli, gold and black surrounded by bands of gold, turquoise, white (with black crosses) and red and surmounted by a scalloped dome (or semi-circular piece) in gold and lapis lazuli with similar floral vegetal designs, all surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; similar illuminated headpieces (also of exquisite execution and in slightly better condition) at opening of second daftar (p.216) and third daftar (p.306) ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of a gold band defined by black fillets with outermost blue rule ; section headings rubricated.
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; elegant, delicate hand in medium to narrow line ; characteristically serifless with gentle effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and contrasting thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct or nearly conjoined (closely adjacent) dots, point of final and free-standing nūn often set down in wide bowl, shaqq (sarʹkash) of kāf often slightly detached from ascender, etc.
Layout: Written in 19 lines per page with written area divided to two columns ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).
Collation: i, 22 IV(176), IV-1 (183), i ; exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing.
Colophon: "Scribal," rectangular, reads "باتمام رسید دفتر سيیوم از سلسله الذهب من کلام افصح الفصحا مولانا عبد الرحمن جامی علیه الرحمة والغفران لعون الله تعالی وحسن توفیقه والصلوة والسلام علی نبیه وآله اجمعین بتاریخ یوم الاثنین بیست و سیوم شهر ذی الحجة الحرام سنه تسع والف کتبه اضعف عباد الله محمد بن حسین صفاهانی المتخلص به جانی غفر ذنوبه وستر عیوبه ..."
Explicit: "همه مقبول و مستجاب شده همه مقرون بفتح باب شده بهمین نکته ختم شد مقصود لله الحمد و العلی و الجود"
Incipit: "لله الحمد قبل کل کلام بصفات الجلال والاکرام حمد او تاج تارک سخنست صدر هر نامه نو و کهنست ..."
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).
Ms. codex.
Several effaced statements and seal impressions (only faintly visible) on 'title page' (p.1) ; scribal verses following colophon on p.366 begin "جانی زدوات و کلکم این نقشه متین ..." ; fairly clean copy.
Physical Description: 183 leaves : paper ; 240 x 125 (170 x 60) mm. bound to 245 x 127 mm.
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