Persian-language manuscripts at Houghton Library, 1210-1841: Guide.
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Call No.: Persian-language manuscripts
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Persian-language manuscripts at Houghton Library,
Date(s): 1210-1841 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (29 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Persian and other languages.
Abstract: Persian-language manuscripts formerly held in the Treasure Room of Widener Library.
All this material was transferred from Widener Library to Houghton Library. In some
cases, specific donor information is listed with the item.
Much of this material still has the old Widener Library call numbers. As this material
is recataloged into the Houghton classification, the item will be deleted from this
list and will be found in OASIS and/or HOLLIS. While those with call numbers beginning
MS (e.g. MS Pers 14) will retain those numbers, those with Widener classifications
(e.g. 27271.37*) will be reclassified into the Houghton manuscript classes.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
The Widener Library manuscripts, both single codices and collections, have traditionally
been called the "Old Widener" collection.
Arranged alphabetically by author or by main entry.
This list does not represent all the Persian-language manuscripts held at Houghton
- MS Pers 14. 'ABD al-'AZĪZ. afar-Nāmah. Manuscript. nar. 1.8vo.
- MS Pers 20. ABU ISĀQ al-A`IMAH. Kanz al-ishtihā [Treasure of appetite]
- MS Pers 3. ALI BENAKITI, Soleiman Muhammad Ed-din Ali, Ben Abulfath'l, Ben Muhammad, Ben Muhammad. [A compendium of history.] 4to. pp. (411). Diagrs.
- MS Pers 10. ANVARĪ. [Divan.] Manuscript. 1.8vo.
- MS Pers 11 F. ARABIAN NIGHTS. [Persian translation, containing about one quarter of the whole text.]
- MS Pers 15. BAHMAN ibn KAIQUBAD. Qia 'i-Sanjān.
History of the settlement of the Parsees in India, in Persian verse. The British
Museum has a copy, described in its Catalogue of Persian MSS., vol. i, p.50.
- MS Pers 17. DAH majlis. [Ten sessions.]
A legendary account in prose and verse, of the death of Mohammed, Fatima, and others. The British Museum has a similar MS., described in its Catal.of Persian
MSS., v.1, p. 155.
- MS Pers 13. FERĪD-ed-DĪN 'ATTĀR. [Band-Nāmah, with Turkish commentary by Sham'ī.] Manuscript. 1130 A. H. 12mo.
The work forms the second portion of the MS. The first has the same title, for a poem followed by commentary, but the text does not agree with that of the work of Ferīd
- MS Pers 27. FIRDUSI. Shahnameh, 1819-1820. 130 Leaves 22 cm.
Paper ms.in German, Persian and Turkish.
A collation by a German scholar of portions of the Codex Berolinensis (Dieziani),
the Codex Dresdinensis 29 (Turkish), and Codex Göttingensis relating to the episode
of Sohrab & Rustem with the printed texts of Lumsden, The Shah Namu. Calcutta, 1911, and especially, Atkinson Soohrab, Calcutta, 1814. It is dated (presumably from Berlin), 1819-1820.
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- MS Pers 8. ;ĀFI;. [Divan.]
Manuscript. 18th cent.
- MS Pers 8.5. HAFIZ. [Divan-i-Hafiz.]
Persian MS.finely written on paper within bordes ruled off in gold. Illuminated double
title-page with polychrome floral ornament and white and pink text on blue and gold
background 4 miniatures. The poems have blue or gold headings. Oriental Library stamp on verso of last page. Book plate
of James H.B.Colvin (probably of the Anglo-Indian family of that name) with the autograph of Herbert J.Pratt, 1878, written across it. Brown morocco binding, blind-tooled.
- MS Pers 5. IBN AWATH MIRĀB, Shir Muhammad. [A treatise on the moral virtues. 1210. A. H. - A. D. 1832.] 8vo. pp. (254).
- MS Pers lF. [KHUSRU,emir, of Delhi, attributed author.] Qissah-i-chahar darvish [Story of the four dervishes]. Manuscript. folio. 2 miniatures.
- MS Pers 9. MUHAMMAD 'ASSĀR TABRĪZĪ. [Mihr u Mushtari.] Manuscript. 15 miniatures.
- MS Pers 24. [NAKHSHABI.] [Tūtī Nāmeh. 1782 A.D.] 232 Leaves
Paper Ms. in Persian. 25.3 x15.3 cm.(leaf); 19.8 x 10.7 cm.(jadwals, inside measurements);
26 x 16.3 cm.(bd). 13 lines; single column. Illuminated double page 'unwan, jadwals;
blue painted borders to leaves; 77 illuminated miniatures.
Written in fair Nasta'līq; rubricated. The miniatures, which are unsigned, are of
North Indian execution. (Rajput, Kangra, Choad?)
Rebound in a rebacked leather casing of native workmanship, but with the loss of
all fly-leaves and marks of ownership.
Bookplate of G.R.White.
- MS Pers 22. NIZAMI, Ganjavī, 1141-1203. [Khusrau Parviz and ;hīrīn.] 18th or 19th Cent. 82 Leaves
Paper MS. in Persian. 15 x 9.5 cm.(leaf); 13.7 x 8.7 cm.(borders); 10.7 x 5.5 cm.(written
surface). 15 x 9.5 cm.(bd.). 14 lines; double column. Illuminated double title-pages,
5 nearly full-page miniatures; caption bands, and ruled borders.
Oblong seal (Persian) on recto (blank) of leaf 1.
Binding repaired; the upper cover lacquered with bird & flowers on outside, miniature
- MS Persian 28. [PERSIAN verses, with Turkish annotations and glosses. 19th cent.?] Persian & Turkish
mss.on paper. 31 leaves, gather in 10's, with extra leaf at end. 19.7 x 12.3 cm.(leaf); 13.7 x 7.8 cm.(jadwals, inside measurements); 19.8 x 12.5
15 lines; double column. Illuminated 'unwan, also jadwals of two first pages. Rubricated.
Written in nashkh and with marginal notes and glosses in a minute hand with cursive
elements. Memoranda on verso of first leaf in Turkish, Persian and Arabic.
Owner's name on end leaf: Thomas Inglis.
Booklabel:Maltby. Purchased in Broosa-Asia, 19 September - 1859.
More detailed information on sheet catalogue.
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- MS Pers 4. SAADI. [Works in Persian.] 1. 8. Illuminated.
- MS Pers 4.4. SAADI. Būstān.
- MS Pers 4.3. SAADI. Pand-Nāmah. Manuscript. 1841. 4to.
Written by Frédéric Garnier.
- MS Pers 2 F. SADIK, Muhammad, Ben Yakub. [Sacred Persian ethics.] Manuscript. folio. pp. (1254.)
An elaborate treatise on the ethics of the Persians, founded on the theology of the
Koran. The work is divided into four books, which are called the four columns on which
rests the structure of prophecy. - By the hand of him who is dependent upon the bounty
of God. Muhammad Sadik Ben Yakub. The work was completed in the year 108 of the Hegira
- A. D. 1710. It has no title-page; the title is taken from the slip enclosed.
- MS Turkish 15. [Şahedi]. ; [TURKISH manual of Persian prosody - 18th century.] 42 Leaves
the first blank and the last blank, with jadwals; gathered in 12, 8, 12, 8, 2. Paper
ms. in Turkish and Persian. 22 x 12.5 cm. (leaf); 16.1 x 7 cm. (jadwals; inside measurement);
22.2 x 12.5 cm. (bd.). 11 lines; double column. Illuminated full-page 'unwan, jadwals
and headbands. Rubricated headings.
Red leather binding with narrow gilt border.
Owners' name on end leaf: Thomas Inglis.
Booklabel inside cover: Maltby. Purchased in Broosa-Asia, 19 September - 1859.
More detailed information on sheet catalogue.
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- MS Turk 3. SHĀHIDĪ. Tu;fah. Manuscript. A Perso-Turkish vocabulary. The British Museum has a
copy described in its Catalogue of Persian manuscripts, pp.513-514.
- MS Pers 12 F. ;Ā'IB. Dīvān. Manuscript. folio.
It has the autographs of Alexander Dow, 1764, Alexander Leith Ross, 1817, and Herbert T.Pratt, 1878.
- MS Pers 23. SĀ'ĪB, Muhammad `Alī, of Tabriz, d.1677. [Poems.] ; folio. 465 leaves,
foliated 1-464; with one unfoliated leaf after 243 and leaf 222 misplaced after 217.
Paper MS.in Persian. 29.6 x 15.6 cm.(leaf); 21.3 x 11.6 cm.(border); 20.5 x 10.7 cm.
(written surface); 30.2 x 15.2 cm.(bd.). Double column, 21 lines to a full page.
Coarsely illuminated title-page, and also title heading on otherwise blank verso
of leaf 414 (415), illuminated borders.
The leaves have been trimmed and marginal notes and original foliation trimmed to
fit the book in its present old stamped, coloured and gilded leather binding.
- MS Pers 6 F. TAVARIH Chingiz-Namah Shirah al-Atrak ya'ni Tavarih salatin Turk. [Chronicles of the
Book of Chingiz, "Turks' wine," that is, Chronicles of the Turkish Sultans.]
- MS Pers 16. ZARTUSHT-i-BAHRAM ben PAZHDU. Zartusht-Namah.