Isl. Ms. 426


[Majmūʻah shiʻrīyah,15th and 16th century?].[مجموعة شعرية,القرن 15 و القرن 16م؟].


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Place/Date of Production:

[14-- and 15--?].


34 leaves :paper ;166 x 120 (95 x 62) mm.


Elegant selection of poetry, from the Dīvān attributed to ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib (ca. 600-661), the Dīvān of Ibn al-Fāriḍ (d. 1235), etc.

Other Title(s):

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Sufi poetry, Arabic--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpiece (layout features)15th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الحمد لمن عز ومن جل جلالا لا يصلح الا لتعالته تعالى حي ازلي احد ذات قديم رب صمدي سبق الكل كمالا ..."


"لعمرك ما شربت الراح جهلا ولكن بالادلة والفتاوي واني مرضت بداءهم فاشربها حلالا للتداوي وصرت موسى زماني مذ صار بعضي كلي انا الكئيب المعني رقوا لحالي وذلي والحمد لله رب العالمين"


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Physical Details:

i, V*(10), VI (22), V (32), I (34), i (*opening two leaves pasted together) ; almost exclusively quinions ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (begins with leaf following incipit page).


Written area divided to two columns with 6-9 lines per column (mainly a hemistich to a line) often on the diagonal, per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Persianate hand in a bold line ; partially but irregularly seriffed, curvilinear descenders, many open counters, fully vocalized.


Elegant illuminated headpiece at opening consisting of rectangular piece with cartouche (carrying "الحمد لوليه" in white) surrounded by exquisite arabesques in gold and turquoise on a lapis lazuli ground and bordered in bands of gold and white, surmounted by a row of fine arabesques (in gold, white, etc.) on a lapis lazuli ground ; written area (and divisions within) surrounded by a gold frame ; illuminated floral vegetal accents appear often in the free triangular spaces of the written area ; keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of four dots in red.


non-European laid paper of two different types ; two columns of written area in a beige to light brown paper mounted on leaves of a creamy, quite sturdy paper with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly distinct) and chain lines grouped in threes (horizontal, curving) with 12-16 mm. between chains and 31-44 mm. between groups, transluscent, crisp, highly sized and burnished.


Pasteboards covered in dark maroon leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in seafoam green textured paper (with embossed ridges) ; upper and lower covers carry stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche NSd 7) with gold-painted accents and border ; sewn in bright magenta thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dark pink and yellow, fair condition ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, lifting of leather at fore edge flap, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"321 T. De M." [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis] inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "220" inscribed in pencil on 'title page'.


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, etc. of written area suggests 15th century transcription, possibly remounted in the 16th century (as suggested by paper).

Ownership and History:

Effaced seal impression and statement on 'title page' ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 306 ; S I 463

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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Dr. Samir Osman on whole page :

These ar not religious poems; these are flirtation and erotic poetryas well as liquor poems. Something similar to Abu Nuwas’s poems describing the wine and liquor.
The work need some research to find the author and to establish full bibliograsphic record for the manuscript

March 25, 2010 6:58 pm

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