Isl. Ms. 949


[Rasāʼil Abī ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī,late 19th century?].[رسائل ابي علاء المعري,اواخر القرن 19م؟].

Place/Date of Production:



111 leaves :paper ;198 x 132 (130 x 75) mm. bound to 208 x 139 mm.


Fine though acephalous and apparently incomplete copy (ends abruptly) of the collected letters of Abū al-ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī (d.1057), renowned Arabic poet and prose author of the late ʻAbbāsid period.

Other Title(s):

Correspondence.Title from inscription verso of front flyleaf (p.1):مجموعة رسائلمجموعة رسائل


Authors, Arab--Syria--To 1258--Correspondence.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Abū al-ʻAlāʼ al-Maʻarrī,--973-1057--Correspondence.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"عليك انت بزينب ودعد وسم ايها الرجل بسوى سعد ..."


"ومن كلامه ورد كتاب سيدي الذي يؤمل لهلاله ان يبدر ولثغبه ان يستبحر ولمحار زمنه ان يفض عن"


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Physical Details:

i, V-4 (6), V-1 (15), 9 V(105), IV-2 (111), i ; almost exclusively quinions (some anomalous) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals (begins with ٤٦) ; Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh ; clear, carefully executed hand in a medium line ; mainly serifless with marked effect of tilt to the left, slight effect of words descending to baseline, curvilinear descenders, some free assimilation of letters, pointing in conjoined dots or strokes rather than distinct dots, partially vocalized (often in red ink).


Section headings and keywords rubricated ; use of red for abbreviation symbols, especially occasional signes de renvoi ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas.


Machine laid paper with 16 laid lines per cm. and no chain lines or watermark visible, burnished, light brown in color, thin, transluscent and crisp ; quite brittle with some breakage at sewing, tears, etc., some accretions and staining.


Boards covered in black textured cloth ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a geometric pattern in olive green to gold ; upper cover gold-stamped with title "مجموعة رسائل" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords (see gutter at p.34), also stab sewn ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 98


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, hand, etc. would suggest late 19th or even early 20th century.

Ownership and History:

On upper pastedown, label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory numbers, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No.7778" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections with signes de renvoi (often in red) ; collation marks ("بلغ") also appear occasionally in margin (see p.6, 60, etc.).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Heyworth-Dunne, J. (James), former owner.

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 254 ; S I 449

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Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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