Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

R.13.105 (Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge)

Oriental Manuscripts


1 copy of Yūsuf va-Zulaykhā by Jāmī, 1414-1492

Incipit: الهی غنچه امید بگشای گلی از روضه جاوید بنمای
Explicit: زمانرا گوشمال خامشی ده دهانرا هرچه گویم خاموشی ده
Language(s): Persian


Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Highly glazed paper
Extent: 140 ff.


Beautifully written Indian taʻlīq.


Illuminated borders

Coloured illustrations

  • f. 32v Illustration One: First interview between Yūsuf and Zulaykhā.
  • f. 40v Illustration Two: Yūsuf before Potiphar, with Zulaykhā peeping through a hole in the tent.
  • f. 48r Illustration Three: Yūsuf dreaming with Jacob watching over him.
  • f. 54v Illustration Four: Yūsuf drawn up from the pit in a basket.
  • f. 57v Illustration Five: Yūsuf sold by his brothers.
  • f. 77v Illustration Six: The Egyptian women making love to Yūsuf.
  • f. 89v Illustration Seven: Zulaykhā detaining Yūsuf by his robe.
  • f. 93r Illustration Eight: The child testifying to Yūsuf's innocence.
  • f. 97v Illustration Nine: Yūsuf waiting on Zulaykhā and her women.
  • f. 103r Illustration Ten: Yūsuf in prison.
  • f. 112v Illustration Eleven: Pharaoh's dream.
  • f. 121v Illustration Twelve: Zulaykhā's nurse visiting Yūsuf.
  • f. 129v Illustration Thirteen: Yūsuf fed by an angel in the wilderness.


Origin: 1605 CE

Record Sources

Manuscript description based on 'E. G. Browne: A supplementary hand-list of the Muhammadan manuscripts, including all those written in the Arabic character, preserved in the Library of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge, 1922', and 'E.H. Palmer A Descriptive Catalogue of the Arabic, Persian and Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, London 1870'.


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Funding of Cataloguing

Trinity College Cambridge


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