Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 356
Origin: Lacks dated colophon ; paper would suggest 16th or perhaps early 17th century ; dated calligraphic inscriptions (see p.9 and 11) provide terminus ante quem of 1640.
Former shelfmark: "264" inscribed in pencil on added leaf (p.5) ; "394 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on added leaf (p.6).
Binding: Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings (doublures) in comb marbled paper (mainly in pink, blue, black, and yellow) ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi) with gold-painted accents and tooled border ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in blue and yellow, fair condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, etc. ; housed in box for protection.
Support: non-European (perhaps Persian) and European laid papers of several types ; added leaves in a type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal) and crown-star-crescent watermark (see p.8, 10, 11, etc.), cream in color, sturdy and burnished ; main type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal), and angel with wings (in circle) watermark (see p.170-171, etc.), thin but quite sturdy ; many leaves tinted (pink, etc.) and interspersed with silhouette or shadowed paper decorated in exquisite vegetal-floral (see pp.20, 33, 41, 51, 69, 165, etc.) and even textual (see p.31) compositions (some outlined or filled in ink or gold) ; to occasional leaves marbled or other decorative papers have been applied (see pp.72, 80, 91-92, 124, 125, etc.).
Decoration: Elegant illuminated headpiece at opening on p.20 consisting of large rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche surrounded by swirling floral vegetal accents in gold, red, white, pink, blue, etc. on grounds of gold and blue (lapis or cobalt), bordered in blue band with diamonds or crosses and surmounted by a small scalloped dome in similar design, itself surmounted by tall vertical stalks (tīgh) ; written area in opening section surrounded by a gold frame with devisions within also defined by gold bands ; in some sections headings (mainly poets' names) rubricated (see p.150, etc.) or chyrsographed (see p.172) ; extensive use of decorative papers (silhouette, marbled, gold-flecked, tinted, etc.) including one case where the calligraphic inscription has been cut away from a marbled paper and applied over a tinted leaf underneath (see p.124).
Script: Mainly nastaʻlīq (talik) and naskh ; elegant, even calligraphic Ottoman hands ; larger talik, thuluth and riqāʻ (see p.120, etc.), divani, etc. appear in some of the calligraphic inscriptions.
Layout: Highly variable, though some consistency according to calligraphic style employed ; in opening section written area divided to two columns with 10 lines (single hemistich to a line) on the diagonal per column and poet's name above, then a similar arrangement of lines in three larger columns (see p.24), followed by the smaller arrangment in two columns (see p.31), etc. ; an arrangment of 12-14 lines in two large columns also appears (see p.37, etc.) with some lines on the diagonal and others not ; another arrangement features 8 large lines (see p.87) ; still another features 25 hemistiches in 15 lines (see p.93, etc.).
Collation: I (2), III+1 (9), V-1 (18), V (28), III (34), IV (42), I+1 (45), IV (53), V-1 (62), 2 IV(78), 2 V(98), 2 III(110), I (112) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes added leaves at opening and close of codex and the separate pieces of a leaf torn in three, see pp.109-110, 111-112, 113-114).
Incipit: "در جفا نیست احتیار ترا آزمودم هزار بار ترا ..."
Title from inscription on added leaf (p.5).
Ms. composite codex.
Elegant collection (majmūʻah / mecmua) featuring poetry in Persian and Ottoman Turkish, as well samples of fine calligraphy. Contributions to the cataloguing from Yasin Şale.