شاهنامه.

Shāhnāmah.

Author
Format
Manuscript, Book
Language
Persian
Published/​Created
[Iran?], A.H. 1000 (1592)
Description
1 online resource (i, 385, i leaves) : paper, illustrations, illuminations

Details

Subject(s)
Scribe
Former owner
Conservator
Donor
Auctioneer
Summary note
Complete, illustrated copy of the Shāhnāmah with 21 miniatures; no rubrications between f. 197v-373v.
Notes
  • Binding: Bound in black leather over pasteboard with flap (Type II). Front covers have inlay gilded and red embossed floral central mandorla with two pendants on the vertical axis and cornerpieces. Flap has matching design. Inside covers have bright red leather doublure with the same pattern as the outside covers recreated in green, blue, red, and black textile inlay with gold filigree overlay; a set of filigree cartouches in gold over pink, blue and green create a frame. The same filigree cartouches appear on the inside flap. Endbands in red and green.
  • Decoration: Illuminated headpiece in blue, red and gold (f. 1v); 21 polychrome miniatures (f. 8r, 15v, 22v, 39r, 41r, 47r, 58r, 63v, 92v, 109v, 121v, 142v, 161v, 175r, 202r, 228v, 241r, 247r, 289v, 304r, 308v). Rubrications in red, blue, gold, and darker red; no rubrications between f. 197v-373v. Textblock border-ruled in gold, red and darker red.
  • Foliation: Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords every verso, lower left, some have been trimmed.
  • Layout: 33 lines in four columns; border-ruled and columns ruled.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Notes dated 1231, 1234 and 1269 A.H. recorded in ink (f. 1r).
  • Origin: Copy completed by Muḥammad ibn Shaykh ʻAqīl al-Sharīf al-Qummī in Jumādá al-Ūlá in the months of the year after 1000 (February or March 1592 CE) (f. 385v).
  • Repaired by Marty Dickson May 1980 (note in pencil first flyleaf recto at front of book).
  • Script: Written in naskh with elements of nastaʻliq in black ink; pointed.
  • Title from colophon (f. 385v).
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Language note
Persian.
Provenance
  • Formerly owned by John Frederick Lewis.
  • Sold at the Ali Asghar Antiquatchi sale Anderson Auction Company (New York) 1-2 February, 1928, lot 251 (note in pencil on catalog entry pasted to first flyleaf recto). The note says 26 January, but the sale was in February of that year.
References
Simsar, Muhammed Ahmed. Oriental manuscripts of the John Frederick Lewis Collection, 53
OCLC
1111686808
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