From at least 1931
Octave Homberg, Paris, from at least 1931 
Henri Vever (1854-1942), Paris and Noyers, France, to 1942 
From 1942 to 1986
Family member, Paris and Boulogne, France, by inheritance from Henri Vever, Paris and Noyers, France 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, purchased from a family member, Paris and Boulogne, France 
 The object is documented as having appeared in the collection of Octave Homberg by at least June 1931. See Susan Nemazee, "Appendix 7: Chart of Recent Provenance" in An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection, Glenn D. Lowry et al (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), p. 400.
 See Glenn D. Lowry et al., An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection (Washington, DC: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1988), pp. 152-154, no. 180.
 See the Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of the Henri Vever Collection of January 9, 1986, Collections Management Office.
 See note 3.
- Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)
Henri Vever 1854-1942
Francois Mautin 1907 - 2003
Manuscript; Tuhfat al-ahrar (Gift of the free) by Jami; Persian in black nasta'liq script; headings in gold and red; 78 folios with a signed double-page frontispiece (folio 1 verso, 2 recto), one sarlawh (folio 2 verso), and a dated colophon, inscriptions and seals (folio 78 verso); standard page: two columns, 13 lines of text.
Binding: The manuscript is bound in leather over paper pasteboards with gold block-stamped exterior covers; the doublures are of gold block-stamped and leather filigree over a multicolored paper ground. The envelop flap has a border identical to that on the upper and lower covers; the pages of the manuscript are mounted in multicolored borders decorated with gold floral designs and marginal medallions.
Folio 78 verso: "[On] the date of the 9th of Isfand...in the year 49[?] [it] was seen; [on the] tenth of [Adhar] of the year ...[it] was seen; [on] the 21st of Jumada II in the year [A.H] 1069 [A.D. March 16, 1659] [it] was seen;" seals: (fol. 78 verso, circular) [illegible] stamps: black ink.
- Published References
- Glenn D. Lowry, Susan Nemanzee. A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. p. 36, fig. 16.
- Octave Homberg. Publication title unknown. cat. 88, p. 47, pl. XXXIX.
- Oleg Grabar. The Meditation of Ornament. Princeton. p. 108, fig. 80.
- Glenn D. Lowry, Milo Cleveland Beach, Elisabeth West FitzHugh, Susan Nemanzee, Janet Snyder. An Annotated and Illustrated Checklist of the Vever Collection. Washington and Seattle. cat. 180, pp. 152-154.
- Henry Corbin, Paul Pelliot, Eustache de Lorey. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'ancienne Perse, et Bagdad. Paris. cat. 69, p. 163.
- Marianna Shreve Simpson, Massumeh Farhad. Sultan Ibrahim Mirza's Haft Awrang: A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-Century Iran. Washington and New Haven. p. 369.
- Collection Area(s)
- Arts of the Islamic World
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