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    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 12

    'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. 1492 AD): DIWAN

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD BIN ABI AL-MA'ALI KNOWN AS BASIRI, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED 15 DHU AL-HIJJA AH 905/12 JULY 1500 AD

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    'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D. 1492 AD): DIWAN
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD BIN ABI AL-MA'ALI KNOWN AS BASIRI, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED 15 DHU AL-HIJJA AH 905/12 JULY 1500 AD
    Persian manuscript on fine cream paper, 120ff., one fly-leaf, 17ll. of elegant black ta'liq to the page arranged in two columns, occasional titles in red, colophon signed and dated, followed by later added notes, later ownership notes and seal impressions, in 15th/16th century tooled dark brown morocco with flap
    Folio 9 7/8 x 6 ¾in. (25 x 17.2cm.)


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    The colophon is signed by Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Abi al-Ma'ali known as Basiri on the 15th Dhu al-Hijja AH 910 in Constantinople.

    Basiri was a poet who wrote in both Persian and Turkish. Of Central Asian Turkish origin, he was born in 1466 AD probably in Khurasan. He found service at the courts of the sons of the Aqqoyunlu ruler Uzun Hasan, Muhammad and Ya'qub, for whom he wrote panegyrics. He is recorded as having visited Herat where he is said to have associated with 'Ali Shir Nava'i, Jami and their literary circles. He found further service at the court of another Aqqoyunlu ruler, Göde Ahmad Bey, for whom he acted as an emissary to the court of Bayazid II in Istanbul in 1496-7 AD. He married in Istanbul, and staying there, he entered the circles of leading statesmen such as Tacizade Cafer Çelebi and Defterdar Iskender Çelebi. He wrote a famous panegyric to Sultan Selim complaining of his downtrodden state and asking for assistance. Basiri died in Istanbul in 1534-35.

    This was presumably the poet's own copy of the Diwan of Jami, whom he personally knew (for his biography see art. “Basiri” in TDV Islam Ansklopedisi, vol. 5, 1992, pp. 105-6).

    Following the colophon are further poems by Jami as well as by Qasim al-Anwar, 'Unsuri, Shams-i Tabas and other poets.

    The owners' inscriptions on folio 1 include those of Muhammad Hamid, formely the Qadi of Edirne, in AH 1171 and Hasan bin al-Shaykh Ibrahim, the Türbedar (keeper of the shrine) of Hizir Baba in Dobnice, dated 7 Jumada I AH 1272/15th January 1856 AD.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    AN IMPORTANT COPY OF THE DIWAN OF JAMI SIGNED BY JAMI'S COMPANION, THE POET BASIRI