Isl. Ms. 146


Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ,[884, i.e. 1479].تلخيص المفتاح,[884ه, 1479م].


Qazwīnī, Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,1267 or 8-1338.قزويني، جلال الدين محمد بن عبد الرحمن.

Place/Date of Production:



140 leaves :paper ;180 x 125 (115 x 80) mm.


Fine copy of the abdrigment by al-Qazwīnī of the third part of Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm by Yūsuf ibn Abī Bakr al-Sakkākī (d. 626/1229) on rhetoric, ʻIlm al-maʻānī wa-al-bayān.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):تلخيصTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.3):كتاب التلخيص


Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Sakkākī, Yūsuf ibn Abī Bakr,--b. 1160.--Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm.--Qism 3.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.7.


"الحمد لله على ما انعم و علم من البيان ما لم نعلم و الصلاة على سيدنا محمد خير من نطق بالصواب ... اما بعد فلما كان علم البلاغة و توابعها من اجل العلوم قدرا و ادقها سرا ... و كان القسم الثالث من مفتاح العلوم الذي صنفه الفاضل العلامة لبو يوسف السكاكي رحمه الله اعظم ما صنف فيه من الكتب المشهورة ... الفت مختصرا يتضمن ما فيه من القواعد و يشتمل على ما يحتاج اليه من الامثلة و الشواهد ... و سميته تلخيص المفتاح و انا اسال الله من فضله ان ينفع به كما نفع باصله انه ولي ذلك و هو حسبي و نعم الوكيل "


"و جميع فواتح السور و خواتيمها و اردة على احسن الوجوه و اكملها يظهر ذلك بالتامل مع التذكر لما تقدم و الله الموفق للاختتام "


"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "الحمد الله على التمام و الرسول افضل السلام تم الكتاب بعن الله و توفيقه على يدي اضعف عباد الله جرما و احقرهم جرما محمد بن علي القاري التبريزي غفر الله لهم ... في سلخ محرم الحرام لسنة اربع و ثمانين و ثمانمائة "


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Physical Details:

i, V+1 (11), IV (19), 2 V(39), IV (47), IV+2 (57), V (67), IV+1 (76), V (86), 2 IV+1 (104), V (114), 2 IV (130), V (140), i ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization ; includes flyleaves and skips two pages between pp.55-56).


Written in 7 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling-board clearly evident).


Naskh ; mainly an elegant Eastern hand, with variation in line thickness ; partially seriffed with occasional rightward head-serif on joined alif and leftward head-serif on medial lām ; mainly open counters ; bowls of letters elongated ; descenders mainly tapered.


Section headings, some glosses and corrections, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas and hāʼ or numeral khamsah shape "۵" in red.


mainly non-European (Persian) laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and sporadic chain lines, crisp and very well sized and burnished ; a second type (likely European laid) shows 15 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and 23 mm. between chain lines (horiztonal) ; tide-lines from water damage on edges of pages not effecting readability.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in light orange laid paper ; upper and lower covers bear blind-stamped mandorla (red leather onlays) filled with vegetal decoration ; sewn in grey thread, four stations ; headband intact, tailband missing ; in fair condition with some abrasion and staining, foreedge flap detaching at lower cover, cover detaching at spine, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No.107. Talkhis al-miftah."


As appears in colophon on p.278, copied by Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī al-Qārī al-Tibrīzī. Transcription completed final day of Muḥarram 884 [April 1479].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No.107. Talkhis al-miftah." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "434" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; ownership statement in red ink on 'title page' (p.3) reads : "بو دخى خالد افندى زاده كتابلر ... در ٢٥ ذي القعده سنه ١۲۲۰ [؟]" ; faint circular seal impression in black ink also on 'title page' (p.3) ; numerous marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī al-Qārī al-Tibrīzī, fl. 1479, scribe. 05 محمد بن احمد بن علي القاري التبريزي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 295

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Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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