Isl. Ms. 17


al-Niṣf al-awwal min Kitāb al-Jāmiʻ al-Ṣaḥīḥ,[late 17th or 18th century?].النصف الاول من كتاب الجامع الصحيح,[اواخر القرن 17م أو القرن 18م؟].


Bukhārī, Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl,810-870.بخاري، محمد بن اسماعيل

Place/Date of Production:

[16-- or 17--?].


446 leaves :paper ;319 x 229 (220 x 115) mm.


Fine, large-format copy of the first half of the Ṣaḥīḥ, al-Bukhārī's celebrated collection of traditions.

Other Title(s):

Jāmiʻ al-ṣaḥīḥ.niṣf 1جامع الصحيح.نصف 1Edge title:al-Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārīالصحيح البخاري


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.




Ms. codex.
Title from colophon on fol.444a (p.909).


"باب كيف كان يبدو الوحي الى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ..."


"مناقب سالم مولى ابي حذيفة حدثنا سليمان بن حرب ... استقرئوا القرآن من اربعة من عبد الله بن مسعود فبدأ به وسالم مولى ابي حذيفة وابي بن كعب ومعاذ بن جبل قال ولا ادري بدأ بابي اوبمعاذ"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "اخر النصف الاول من كتاب الجامع الصحيح تصيف ابي عبد الله محمد بن اسماعيل البخاري ويتلوه اول النصف الثاني مناقب عبد الله ابن مسعود على يد افقر العباد الى عفو ربه الفقير علي بن المرحوم علي الكتبي عفي عنهما بمنه وكرمه وحسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل وصلى الله على محمد واله وصحبه اجمعين تم"


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Physical Details:

44 V (440), III (446) ; chiefly quinions ; final two leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and skips from p.175 to 178 and from 303 to 306).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Yemeni or Turkish (?) hand ; virtually serifless ; effect of slight tilt to the left ; closed and open counters ; pointing in dots liberally spaced ; hamzah at midline or seated at baseline rather than seated on alif.


Fine illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1b (p.1) consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by semi-circular piece (dome) ; rectangular piece carries empty gold cartouche flanked by floral vegetal accents in gold, red, and green on fields of blue ; semi-circular piece is filled with floral vegetal pattern in gold, white, light blue, pink, yellow and red on fields of blue and green, bordered in gold, green, and red and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents ; entire headpiece is set in a well of interlace in black and white ; written area of incipit and facing page bordered in frame consisting of alternating gold bands and red, green, and gold fillets ; elsewhere throughout written area is surrounded by rule-border consisting of red and blue fillets ; occasional textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas ; text rubricated with keywords ("حدثنا", "باب", etc.), section headings, overlining, etc. in red.


European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (vertical) ; fairly thick and well-burnished ; tre lune watermark with countermark initials under trefoil ; first leaf fully detached.


Pasteboards covered in tan brown leather (goat) ; Type II binding (with flap) though more of a wrapper ; doublures, flap lining, and spine lining in a fine illuminated block-stamped pattern, grid of squares with small rosette and vegetal designs in alternating squares ; upper and lower covers bear blind-stamped, scalloped mandorla with vegetal decoration (compare Déroche class. OAi 4) and pendants, blind-stamped scalloped lozenges with vegetal decoration (compare Déroche class. OSd 5) as corner pieces accompanied by pendant accents, and gold-painted roll border consisting of a series of s-shaped stamps ; composed of loose quires, not affixed to one another or to cover (wrapper) , each quire sewn in yellow, rose or red thread, four stations ; in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Several slips and scraps with excerpts, glosses, pen trials, etc. numbered by paginator (pp.39-40, pp.125-126, pp.391-392, pp.545-546, pp.663-664, pp.679-680, pp.715-716, pp.771-772, pp.819-820).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 51. Sahih of Bukhari, vol.i."


As appears in colophon on fol.444a (p.909) copied by ʻAlī bin ʻAlī al-Kutubī. Date of transcription not specified. Paper would suggest late 17th century or 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 51. Sahih of Bukhari, vol.i." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "235" in Western numerals on fol.1a (p.1) ; ownership statement accompanied by oval seal impression on fol.1a (p.1), statement reads "من تمليكات اضعف العباد السيد ابراهيم باشا بن السيد اسماعيل اغا بن الشيخ الحاج يوسف افندى قدس الله سره سنة ۱۲١٩", inscription in seal only partially legible ; numerous glosses and some marginal corrections ; collation statement on fol.11a (p.21) reads "بلغ مقابلة على نسخة صحيحة جدا".

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 ʻAlī bin ʻAlī al-Kutubī, scribe. 05 علي بن علي الكتبي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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Posted by evyn on April 19, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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