عنوان مقاله [English]
Saad al-Din Varavini's writing of Tabari's Marzbannameh by Espahbad Marzban bin Rostam is one of the most important texts in Persian prose heritage, although three revisions of it have been published in more than a century. We do not have a revised version of it yet. With the availability of the old and valuable copy dated Thursday, the 10th of Ramadan 698 Hijri, which is kept under the number 216 in the library of the Istanbul Archeology Museum, there are mistakes (= writings) and omissions, additions, ambiguous paragraphs, misreadings and extensive transformations in other versions that Three printed editions are revealed and it suggests the necessity of another correction of the text.
The scribe of this version is Morteza bin Abi Tahir bin Ahmed Kashi, who copied it in the eastern part of Baghdad, which was the center of painting and book-making in that era, in the calligraphy of Nash Jali on 215 pages of 17 lines. The legibility and the artistic aspect of the line and accuracy in the form of writing letters and words are so important for the scribe that he avoids full punctuation and we rarely find a word in the whole text that has always been written in the same way.