Bernard Alfred Quaritch, London, to 1907 
From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Bernard Alfred Quaritch in 1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Purchase List of Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, pgs. 104-105, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Bernard Alfred Quaritch (C.L. Freer source) 1870-1913
Manuscript; Kitab al-khamsa (Book of five poems) by Jami; text: Persian in black nasta'liq script with illuminated headings; 213 folios with a double-page frontispiece (fols. 1 verso, 2 recto), 4 sarlawhs (fols. 27 verso, 70 verso,127 verso,180 verso), and dated colophons (fols. 27 recto, 70 recto, 127 recto, 180 recto, 213 recto); standard page: 4 columns, 19 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with gold block-stamped exterior covers and doublures of gold leather filigree over a multicolored paper ground. The envelope flap has a border and surface identical to that on the exterior cover.
Colophon for first book (Folio 27, recto):
"and to God be praise...
and peace on Muhammad
and to his servants glory
and peace of abundant
blessings. I have written
it in the months of the year
nine hundred and fifty-five."
"written in the third month
Dhu'l-qa'da the year nine hundred
Yusuf u Zulaykha
"written in the eighth month Dhu'l-
hijja the year nine hundred
Layla va Majnun
"written in the month Muharram
al haram the year nine hundred
and fifty-six the year of the
Khirad-nama-i-Sikandari (The Book of the wisdom of Alexander).
"Written in the month Safar
finished in the year nine
hundred and fifty-six
the year of the Prophet peace
and happiness abundant."
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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