Isl. Ms. 1


[al-Qurʼān,18th century?].[القرآن ,القرن 18م؟].

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340 leaves :paper ;180 x 130 (113 x 60) mm. bound to 180 x 135 mm.


Neat copy of the Qurʼān with several owners' marks.

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Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
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Physical Details:

i, VI+1 (13), V+1 (24), 9 VI(132), VII (146), 6 VI(218), V (228), 9 VI(336), II (340) ; chiefly sexternions ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf).


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


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand ; partially seriffed with occasional right-sloping head-serifs on most vertical shafts in the majority of the text ; effect of tilt to the left ; fully vocalized.


Richly decorated polychrome double-page opening with scalloped dome headpieces in green and red filled with swirling vegetal pattern and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) accompanied by rectangular panels carrying the opening text (al-Fātiḥah facing opening of Sūrat al-Baqarah), headings and the āyah "انه لقرآن كريم في كتاب مكنون لا يمسه الا المطهرون وينزل من رب العالمين" ; entire piece is bordered by a frame in red and green with rule-border at some distance in the margin ; verse dividers in the form of stylized red circles appear throughout ; rule-border surrounds written area throughout ; text rubricated with sūrah headings, juzʼ markers, etc. in red.


European laid paper with 13 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines (vertical) spaced 26 mm. apart ; watermarks include an eagle and scrollwork with lion rampant (compare Heawood 1262) ; fairly well-burnished and smooth.


Pasteboards covered in red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings, doublure hinges, and lining of envelope flap in shell marbled paper (pink and brown) ; fine printed fabric in yellow, blue and pink lining fore-edge flap ; upper and lower covers bear blind-tooled arrangement of rosette-shaped stamps forming a central diamond-shaped ornament and accents along with border in s-shaped stamps ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone, only traces of primaries remain ; in poor condition with much abrasion, staining, some delaminating of boards, fore-edge flap detaching from lower cover, lower cover detaching at spine, a few loose quires, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 103. Kuran."


Lacks dated colophon ; paper would suggest 18th century. Seal impression dated 1120 H [1708 or 9 M] also suggests 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on inner front cover,"British Museum, London. No. 103. Kuran." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "295" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; childish scribbles on front flyleaf and elsewhere ; a few circular seal impressions on back fol.340a (p.681) along with octagonal seal impression "عبد الله بنده خدا ۱۱۲۰[؟]" ; a few marginal corrections ; notabilia marking each جزء and occasionally نصف جزء and حزب appear in red ink, black ink, or even pencil ; idiosyncratic numeral thalāthah is used (see sidehead for الجزء الثالث عشر on fol.138b/p.278).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

04 ʻAbd Allāh BandahʹKhudā, fl. 1708 or 9, former owner. 04 عبد الله بنده خدا، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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Posted by evyn on July 22, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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