Isl. Ms. 147


[Mukhtaṣar fī al-maʻānī,15th century].[مختصر في المعاني,القرن 15م].


Taftāzānī, Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar,1322-1389?.تفتازاني، مسعود بن عمر

Place/Date of Production:



161 leaves :paper ;180 x 140 (125 x 85) mm. bound to 180 x 142 mm.


Shorter commentary by al-Taftāzānī on Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ by Jalāl al-Dīn al-Qazwīnī (d. 739/1338), an abridgment of the third part of Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm by al-Sakkākī (d. 626/1229), on ʻIlm al-maʻānī wa-al-bayān.

Other Title(s):

From inscription on front flyleaf (p.1)مختصر


Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Qazwīnī, Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,--1267 or 8-1338.--Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"نحمدك يا من شرح صدورنا لتلخيص البيان في ايضاح المعاني ... وبعد فيقول الفقير الى الله الغني مسعود بن عمر المدعو بسعد التفتازاني ... قد شرحت فما مضى تلخيص المفتاح"


"مشتملة على لفظ الفاتحة ومنطوية على حسن الخاتمة ختم الله لنا بالحسنى ويسر لنا الفوز بالذخر الاسنى بحق النبي صلى الله عليه وعلى اله واصحابه اجمعين تمت الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب"


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), IV+1 (17), 3 IV(41), III (47), 13 IV(151), IV-1+1 (161) ; chiefly quaternions ; final leaf replaced ; proper catchwords mainly present but occasionally lacking (though last word of final line on the verso of the leaf is repeated at the beginning of the first line on the following recto) ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf and inserts).


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; bold Eastern hand with influence of nastaʻlīq ; virtually serifless, though occasional head serif appears on alif of lām alif ligature ; slight effect of tilt to the right ; mainly closed counters ; some elongation of horizontal strokes ; freely ligatured with final tāʼ marbūtah assimilated with preceding rāʼ and lām alif ligatured occasionally forming a closed loop ; alif maqṣūrah often mardūdah ; kāf mashkūlah (mashqūqah) preferred.


Some section headings rubricated ; overlining in red ; occasional textual dividers in the form of red discs.


Mainly European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 32 mm. apart (horizontal), and gothic 'R' (in two lines) watermark (compare Piccard no.29031).


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; upper and lower covers bear border in tooled fillets and faint central motif resembling an inverted lamp ; sewn in heavy cream thread, two stations ; worked endbands in cream and dark brown or black, intact and in fair condition ; overall in poor condition with abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, delamination of boards, some negative draw in both upper and lower cover, some spine slant (slightly cocked), etc. ; repairs in tan leather.

Accompanying Materials:

A few slips carrying notes, glosses, etc. (paginated pp.115-116, pp.183-184, and pp.205-206).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 99. Al-Mukhtasar of Taftazani." ; "٤١٣" on tail of textblock.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 99. Al-Mukhtasar of Taftazani." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "453" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; ownership statement on front flyleaf (p.1) reads "صاحب ومالك هذا المختصر محمد ..." ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on ’title page’ (p.3) and several places throughout, reads: "هذا وقف الراجي فيض الصمدي الشيخ احمد ضيا الدين ابن مصطفى الخالدي فمن بدله بعد ما سمعه فانما اثمه على الذين يبدلونه" ; faint circular seal impression on p.328 ; extensive glosses ; occasional corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 295 ; SI

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

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