Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 1042
Origin: As appears in final colophon on p.155 (and colophons on p.32, p.48, p.65, p.130, etc.), transcription executed by Mīr ʻAṭā Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī al-Harawī ( مير عطا محمد الحسينى الهروى ) and completed 12 Ḥūt [Asfand] 1299 Hijrī Shamsī, corresponding to 21 Jumādá II 1339 Hijrī Qamarī [ca. 2 March 1921].
Accompanying materials: a. Photocopy of Small white card with notes in German on authors, date and title (presumably in hand of Dr. Gruening, see letter from Schulte) and page from legal pad with description in hand of J. Eilts "in Persian | Panj Kitāb a collection of five poetical works and a commentary by Mīr ʻAṭṭā Muḥammad was completed on the 21st day of the month of Jumadah 2 in the year 1339 (1921) of the lunar Islamic calendar. It was dedicated to Sulṭān Aḥmad Kabīr of Kabul. One "book" of poetry is by Saʻdī and another by Farīd al-Dīn ʻAṭṭār. The other authors were not mentioned. Inside front cover is dedication to Mīrzā (Prince) Muḥammad Āṣṣāf Munajjim and the date 1310 of the Solar calendar." -- b. Photocopy of letter from Frank J. Schulte of Grand Rapids, to Dr. Howard H. Peckham, Clements Library, University of Michigan, dated 13 November 1976 and received 18 November 1976, describing and offering to the Library this manuscript and Isl. Ms. 1043.
Former shelfmark: Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 191
Binding: Heavy pasteboards covered in painted lacquerwork, spine in dark greenish-brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap), two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; doublures in fine painted lacquerwork of swirling floral vegetal composition in gold on a dark red ground ; upper and lower covers bear paintings (each unique) of swirling floral composition namely central panel filled with clusters of roses, peonies, irises, etc. in red, yellow, orange, and blue set among leaves in shades of green, surrounded by a heavy band of similar floral designs, all set off by cornerpieces and vegetal borders in gold ; sewn in red and white thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and red, fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition with minor lifting and losses of leather, minor crazing, etc. ; ill-fitting and likely much earlier than text block.
Support: non-European (likely Indian or 'Afghani') laid paper with roughly 6 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, quite thick and distinct, fairly straight) and no chain lines visible, thin and transluscent though sturdy, beige in color, well-sized and burnished to glossy ; tissue leaves interleaved at opening and close of many works to protect illuminated decorations.
Decoration: Splendid illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of each section (p.18, p.34, p.50, p.68, p.132, p.140), generally consisting of a rectangular piece containing a pious formula (shahādah, ḥasbalah, ḥawqalah, etc.) in bold thuluth in monumental style, surmounted by a scalloped dome, hasp, semi-circular piece, w-shaped piece etc. (opening headpiece on p.18 surmounted by emblem of the Bārakzay dynasty [Bārakzī]) filled with bold floral vegetal designs mainly in bright blue or lapis lazuli and gold with red, light green, yellow, etc. accents ; many headings appear in rectangular pieces set off by flanking vegetal designs (or in rare occasions animals, see pp.60-63) in gold with red and blue accents on fields of blue, green, red, etc. ; written area surrounded by frame in gold with outermost blue rule ; margin also defined by blue rule-border ; written area of incipit and facing page at each opening accented with gold cloud-bands ; written area of preceding 'title page' or page at close left blank but surrounded by a decorative vegetal border and cornerpieces in blue or red ; keywords and headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; elegant, spacious and carefully executed hand in a medium line ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and somewhat exaggerated thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in conjoined dots, gāf marked with additional stroke above shaqq / sar kash ; Arabic excerpts in a bold naskh seriffed with dramatic left-sloping head-serif on many ascenders, right-sloping head-serif on other descenders, rounded with many sweeping descenders ; some headings in tawqīʻ or thuluth.
Layout: Written in 12-16 lines per page, with written area often divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.
Collation: 10 IV(80), II (84) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; opening and final quires left entirely blank and unruled ; middle of the quire marks in the form of an oblique stroke in black ink in the upper outer corner of the right-hand leaf ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.
Dedication: At close on p.154, dedication to Amīr Amān Allāh Khān ( امير امان الله خان ) [Amānallāh Shāh], king of Afghanistan (r.1919-1929), and Muḥammad Sarwar Khān ( محمد سرور خان ).
Colophon: "Authorial" and "Scribal," reads "امر بنوشتن مجموعه كثير المنفعه كه مشهور به پنج کتاب است فرمودند ... اطاعة لامره العالى به تحرير اين مجموعه مباركه پرداختم تا همه آن مجموعه مباركه سمت تحرير پذیرفت وانا العبد المذنب اقل السادات والعلماء مير عطا محمد امام مسجد ... حضرت سلطان سيد احمد كبير قدس الله سره العزيز ... فى تاريخ يوم چهار شنبه ١٢ ماه حوت سنه هجرى شمسى ١٢٩٩ يكهزار و دو صد و نود نه مطابق سنه هجرى قمرى ٢١ شهر جمادى الثانى يكهزار و سه صد و سى و نه سنه ١٣٣٩ تمت بالخير ...اللهم افتح لنا بالخير واختم لنا بالخير واجعل عواقب كل امورنا بالخير امين"
Title from closing matter on p.155.
14. p.156-p.168 : [blank].
13. p.154-p.155 : [copyist's epilogue].
12. p.140-p.153 : [Risālah-i Qāz̤ī Quṭb ?] / Quṭb al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ghiyās̲ al-Dīn [?].
11. p.138-p.139 : [blank].
10. p.132-p.137 : Ṣad pand-i sūdmand-i Luqmān-i Ḥakīm.
9. p.131 : [blank].
8. p.68-p.130 : [Pandnāmah-i ʻAṭṭār] / Farīd al-Dīn ʻAṭṭār.
7. p.66-p.67 : [blank].
6. p.50-p.65 : [Maḥmūdnāmah] / Maḥmūd Lāhūrī.
5. p.49 : [blank].
4. p.34-p.48 : [Nām-i Ḥaqq] / Sharaf al-Dīn Bukhārī.
3. p.33 : [blank].
2. p.18-p.32 : [Karīmā] / Saʻdī.
1. p.1-p.17 : [mainly blank].
Splendid copy of a collection of didactic poetical works on proper conduct of life.