Nuzhat al-qulūb. = نزهة القلوب.

Ḥamd Allāh Mustawfī Qazvīnī, active 1330-1340
حمد الله مستوفي قزويني، ǂd active 1330-1340.
[India, between 1575 and 1625?]
252 leaves : paper, illustrations, maps ; 321 x 185 (209 x 118) mm bound to 325 x 200 mm.
Cosmology -- Early works to 1800.
Curiosities and wonders -- Early works to 1900.
Iran -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
Tables (documents)
Manuscript maps.
Manuscripts, Persian -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Persian -- 17th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Copy of a 14th-century historical and geographical work whose title translated into English is Heart's bliss. An introduction on the author's sources (f. 3r-4v), heavenly bodies, longitude, and latitude is followed by chapters on the division of creation into minerals, plants, and animals; on man; on towns, kingdoms, and valleys in Iran; and on the wonders of the world. Frequent contemporary or near-contemporary marginal notes relate the content of the text to the reader's knowledge of the Deccan region of India.
Ms. codex.
Title from introduction (f. 4v).
Foliation: Paper, i (modern paper) + 251 + 1 (modern replacement leaf); [1-252], modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto. Catchwords on each leaf, lower left verso.
Layout: Written in 21 long lines; text block framed in ink.
Script: Written in nastaʻlīq script.
Decoration: Diagrams (f. 40r, 180v) and tables in red ink; map (178v-179r) of the eastern Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula with numerous cities marked, including Jerusalem, Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Aleppo, Mosul, Najaf, Jiddah, Aden, Ṣanʻāʼ, Samarqand, Bukhoro, and Agra; illuminated headpiece (f. 1v) and faded gold floral borders (f. 1v-2r); text block framed with narrow borders of red, green, and blue ink throughout; headings and significant words in red, blue, or green.
Binding: Morocco, gilt-stamped medallion on upper cover; replacement lower cover.
Origin: Written in India in the Deccan, in the late 16th or early 17th century.
Local notes:
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by a contemporary or near-contemporary reader in the Deccan who added marginal notes after 1615 during the reign of Mohammed Qutubshah (1611-1626); smudged ownership stamp (f. 1r).
Formerly owned by Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan; sold at auction as part of his collection at Piasa (Paris), 7 June 1999.
Sold by Sam Fogg Ltd. (London) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, Mar. 2001.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.
Cited in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 136 (LJS 413).
Cited as:
LJS 413
Aga Khan, Sadruddin, Prince, 1933-2003, former owner.
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