Isl. Ms. 128


al-Kāfiyah,[1178, i.e. 1764].الكافية,[1178ه, 1764م].


Ibn al-Ḥājib, ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar,1175-1249.ابن الحاجب، عثمان بن عمر.

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52 leaves :paper ;209 x 155 (133 x 55) mm. bound to 210 x 158 mm.


Elegant copy of Ibn al-Ḥājib's grammatical treatise on naḥw (syntax).

Other Title(s):



Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from collation statement on p.102.


"الكلمة لفظ وضع لمعنى مفرد وهي اسم فعل وحرف ..."


"فيرد ما حذف والمفتوح ما قبلها تقلب الفا"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "تمت الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب في ١ صفر سنة ١١٧٨"


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Physical Details:

5 V(50), I (52) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand ; mainly serifless though occasional right-sloping head serifs appear ; mainly open counters ; occasional sweeping descenders ; fully vocalized.


Keywords, section headings, and abbreviations rubricated.


European laid paper with 10 laid liner per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced roughly 25 mm. apart (horizontal), watermark with grapes and "ROUERGUE" (compare Heawood 3375) ; smooth, thin and fairly translucent ; significant staining and moisture damage to latter quires in particular.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather (interesting grain) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; upper and lower covers bear blind-stamped lozenge with floral vegetal composition (horizontal and vertical symmetry) and border in tooled fillets framing series of x-shaped stamps ; desgin continues on flap with blind-stamped rosette and tooled frame ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; endbands gone, only traces of primaries remain ; in poor condition with significant abrasion, some lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, moisture damage, etc. ; housed in envelope.

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 21. Al-Kafiyah."


As appears on p.102, transcription finished 1 Ṣafar 1178 [July-August 1764].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 21. Al-Kafiyah." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "117" in Western numerals on opening folio (p.1) ; on paper pasted on ’title page’ (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 بشرط ان لا يخرج من بيت الكتب الذي بنته في اتصال داري ان احتاجوا اشد الاحتياج بكفيل مرعى اورهن قوي وانا الفقير اليه عز شانه السيد عبد الله اديب الشهير بجنت زاده القاضي بمدينة ارضروم عفى عنه في سنة اثنى وستين ومائتين والف" ; marginal and interlinear glosses and occasional corrections ; collation statement at head of p.102, reads: "عدد اوراق الكافية عدد ٤٩".

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 303 ; SI, 531

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Posted by evyn on August 16, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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