Isl. Ms. 14


[Fuṣūl al-mufaṣṣal,18th century?].[فصول المفصل,القرن 18م؟].


Naṣīr al-Dīn Nabī ibn Mursil al-Tūqātī.نصير الدين نبي بن مرسل التوقاتي.

Place/Date of Production:



434 leaves :paper ;161 x 111 (113 x 55) mm.


Fine copy (perhaps an odd first volume) of assorted excerpts from a commentary on the Qurʼān by Naṣīr al-Dīn Nabī ibn Mursil al-Tūqātī. Lacks introductory matter ; opens in Faḍāʼil Sūrat al-Fātiḥah.

Other Title(s):

Tafsīr-i Nabī.Selectionsتفسير نبي.مختاراتTitle from inscription on opening leaf of table of contents (p.3):فصول مفصل جلد اولفصول مفصلكتاب الفصول في علم التذكير من نوع الحديث وفن التفسير


Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"البحر مداد الكلمات ربي لنفد البحر الآية ولكن ما لا يدركه كله لا يتركه كله تمت فصل في فضائل الفاتحة عن رسول الله صلى الله تعالى عليه وسلم انه قال لابي بن كعب الا اخبرك بسورة لم تنزل في التورية والانجيل والزبور والقرآن مثلها"


"آمين يا آله العالمين ويا خير الناصرين برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين"


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Physical Details:

V-2+IV (16), 14 V(156), IV (164), 27 V(434) ; chiefly quinions ; quaternion carrying table of contents inserted in opening anomalous quinion ; p.461 left partially blank ; p.462 and final three leaves left blank ; lacks proper catchwords though last word of final line on the verso of each leaf is usually repeated at the beginning of the first line on the following recto ; foliation in red ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages each between pp.125-126, pp.315-316, pp.825-826 and pp.827-828 ; repeats p.691 and p.720 twice).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear, though at times somewhat unsteady, Turkish hand ; partially serifed with right-sloping head serifs appearing irregularly on joined alif, lām of definite article, etc. ; effect of tilt to the left ; pointing mainly in distinct dots ; rounded and freely ligatured ; adheres fairly closely to horizontal though occasional superscripting or very slight effect of words descending to baseline.


Keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; overlining in red.


European laid paper mainly with 11 laid lines per cm. (horzontal), chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart (vertical), and grapes with bar above (carrying initials) watermark ; another type of European laid paper with 12-13 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart (horizontal) and coat of arms watermark with cross flanked by lions above two circles also appears ; well-burnished.


Pasteboard(s) covered in dark red brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, now lost) ; board linings in yellow-tinted laid paper ; upper cover bears blind-stamped scalloped mandorla (compare Déroche class. OSd) along with tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light yellow and cream, intact ; overall in quite poor condition with lower cover and flap entirely lost, some abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, loss of flap, delamination of boards, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Scrap with writing between pp.246-247.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 95. Fusul mufassal."


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests late 17th or early 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 95. Fusul mufassal." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "414" in Western numerals on opening leaf (p.1) ; on paper (blue-tinted) pasted on opening leaf of table of contents (p.3), a detailed waqf statement in the name of al-Sayyid ʻAbd Allāh Adīb (Abdullah Edip), known as Jannatʹzādah (Cennet-zade), qāḍī of Erzurum, accompanied by his seal, reads: "وقفت وقفا صحيحا شرعيا على ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الملتصق بداري الا لعلماء سكنوا بارضروم بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير اليه عز شانه السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; also occasional brief statements in purple ink in margins "وقف جنت زاده" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections ; occasional notabilia (sideheads).

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.

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Posted by evyn on July 26, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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