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Walters Ms. W.639, Collection of poems (divan)
Collection of poems (divan)
Vernacular: ديوان جامى
Authority name: Jāmī, 1414-1492
As-written name: Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Aḥmad Jāmī
Name, in vernacular: نور الدين عبد الرحمان بن احمد جامى
Note: Author dates preferred by cataloger: d. 898 AH / 1492 CE
This is a tenth-century AH / sixteenth CE Safavid copy of the first collection of poetry, or Dīvān-i avval (also known as Fātiḥat al-shabāb), of Nūr al-Dīn Jāmī (d. 898 AH / 1492 CE), written in 884 AH / 1479 CE. The binding is Ottoman and is attributable to the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It is not contemporary with the manuscript. It is of the type sometimes referred to as çahârkûşe' cild, from the Persian chahār gūshah (four corners), where the spine and edges of the boards are covered with leather and the main area consists of paper, in this case marbled paper.
10th century AH / 16th CE
Literary -- Poetry
The primary language in this manuscript is Persian.
Catchwords: Written obliquely on versos
15.5 cm wide by 25.0 cm high
8.5 cm wide by 16.0 cm high
- Columns: 2
- Ruled lines: 15
- Framing lines in blue, red, gold, and green
- Title: Dīvān-i Jāmī
- Author: Jāmī, 1414-1492
- Text note: First leaf missing; main text preceded by a preface composed in 884 AH / 1479 CE (see fol. 5a, line 4, chronosticon); chapter/section headings blank (not supplied)
- Hand note: Written in black nastaʿlīq script with incidentals in red and blue (only at the beginning of the codex)
- Decoration note: Double-page illuminated incipit (right side missing); framing lines in blue, red, gold, and green
Upper board outside:
- Title: Binding
- Form: Binding
- Label: This is an Ottoman binding that may date to the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It is of the type sometimes referred to as çahârkûşe' cild, from the Persian chahār gūshah (four corners), where the spine and edges of the boards are covered with leather and the main area consists of paper, in this case marbled paper.
The binding is not original.
Later Ottoman binding, possibly twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE; spine and edges of boards covered with leather; main area marbled paper
Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest
Richard, Francis. Catalogue des manuscrits persans. (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1989), no. 225.
Rieu, Charles. Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts in the British Museum. (London: British Museum, 1879-83), 2: 643.
Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam
Catalogers: Landau, Amy; Smith, Sita
Editor: Bockrath, Diane
Conservators: Jewell, Stephanie; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Barrera, Christina; Emery, Doug; Herbert, Lynley; Noel, William; Simpson, Shreve; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.; Valle, Chiara
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