Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 1043
Origin: Colophon appears on p.487, but largely effaced. According to descriptive note on p.8, transcription and paintings executed by Muḥammad Yaʻqūb (محمد يعقوب), reads "... بقلم محمد يعقوب رسام تحرير يافت." Perhaps late 19th or early 19th century.
Accompanying materials: "a. "Happy New Year" card with black-and-white photographs showing carpet makers and a carpet seller ; small white card stapled to inside with notes in German (presumably handwriting of Dr. Gruening) -- b. Page from legal pad, handwriting of J. Eilts, notes on physical descr. & contents. -- c. Copy of letter, Frank J. Schulte of Grand Rapids, to Dr. Howard H. Peckham, Clements Library, U of M, 13 November 1976: 'During a two-year period (1962-64) I was a member of the Public Administration Service team in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was my good fortune to acquire, among other art objects, two illuminated manuscripts: one, small, exquisitely written on parchment [in margin at this point: "paper/HCJ"], the other a larger leather-bound book. According to Dr. Gruening, attached to the German Embassy in Kabul, the first is dated 1921 and was dedicated to a governor of Herat. Dr. Gruening estimated that the book's cover is, perhaps, 200 to 250 years old. (I wonder what vandalism was perpetrated to acquire the cover for the 1921 book). The larger book is inferior quality-wise but has a large number of water-color illustrations. The date of this book has been obliterated but might be determined by the use of infra-red light. It has been much used, perhaps by children, as one page shows some doodling...I have enjoyed the possession of these treasures for a long time now and, should your library want them, will be delighted to donate them. If you do want them, perhaps someone from the university who might have reason to be in Grand Rapids, will contact me.'-- d. Copy of note on legal paper signed 'HCJ'" - from handlist prepared by R. Dougherty, 1993.
Former shelfmark: Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 192
Binding: Pasteboards (soft) covered in brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted paper, hinges in pale green textile ; stab sewn in heavy cream thread ; worked chevron endbands in green-blue and yellow, quite wide and in good condition (protected by tabs extending from spine leather) ; overall in fairly good condition with some staining, minor abrasion, etc.
Support: Wove paper, some cream in color, others a darker beige (typically alternating) ; tissue weight leaves inserted to protect opening illumination and illustrations on p.26, 321, etc. ; stains, tears, etc.
Decoration: Fine illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) on what appears to be added incipit page (p.10, compare p.2) consisting of rectangular piece with cartouches carrying the basmalah, etc. ("بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم رب يسير وتمم بالخير") in black ink with gold and lapis lazuli accents, surmounted by tall, scalloped w-shaped piece with swirling floral vegetal motifs in gold with pink accents on a field of lapis and pink, set in a well of similar floral motifs in gold with lapis accents on a turquoise ground flanking the title "هذا كتاب وامق عذرا" in gold on a lapis ground, entire piece surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) with floral accents ; written area mainly surrounded by a multiple rule border in gold and blue, divisions within defined by double rule-border in blue ; keywords and headings rubricated ; extensively illustrated with 37 richly colored paintings in mid-19th century Persian style, most full page, many with captions, likely contemporary but executed separately from the text (see pp.22, 26, 43, 60, 70, 101, 105, 106, 113, 122, 143, 157, 165, 175, 176, 195, 220, 234, 259, 265, 275, 287, 321, 332, 371, 383, 393, 398, 399, 403, 404, 405, 413, 425, 437, 449, and 473) some on unruled leaves ; occasional lacunae left where illustration might have appeared (see p.69, 102, etc.) or simply to avoid overlap of text and illustration (area of the verso corresponding to the illustrated area on the recto usually left blank).
Script: Nastaʻlīq ; compact, careful hand in a medium to bold line ; serifless, with marked effect of words descending to baseline, some elongation and contrasting thickness of horizontal strokes.
Layout: Written mainly in 21 lines per page, occasionally divided to three columns ; frame-ruled.
Collation: Too tightly bound to examine gatherings ; two flyleaves each at opening and close of codex, two added leaves at opening ; catchwords present ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, center of the upper margin of each page ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and added leaves).
Colophon: "Scribal," triangular, reads "قد تم بالخير والعافية ... شمسى ... قمرى هجرى نبوى صلوات الله عليه حين السلطنت ... شيخ محمد باقر خان ... يعقوب"
Explicit: "ز چشم خورده بین مستور بادا ..."
Incipit: "حمد بیحد ثنای بیعدد و مخصوص صانعی است ... اما بعد چنین گوید راقم این حروف که چون در بهار عالم جوانی ... در عشقبازی وامق و عذرا و مجملی از کیفیت احوال و سر گشتگی از حوادث زمانه پر اختلاف ..."
Title from opening matter on p.14.
Fine copy of the romance of Vāmiq and ʻAẕrā, the Ardent Lover and the Virgin, by Mīrzā Ibrāhīm Ẓahīr Kirmānī (see preface of the Mashhad 1991 edition, p. 7 ff.). Illustrated with many colorful paintings. Contribution to the cataloguing from Hossein Mottaghi.