Isl. Ms. 149


al-Muṭawwal sharḥ al-Talkhīṣ,1248, i.e. 1832 or 1833].المطول شرح التلخيص,1248ه, 1832 أو 1833م].


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

Place/Date of Production:

[1832 or 1833].


180 leaves :paper ;240 x 170 (175 x 110) mm.


Fine copy of the 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):



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 from colophon on p.361.


"الحمد لله الذى الهمنا حقائق المعانى ودقائق البيان وخصصنا ببدائع الايادى وروائع الاحسان ... وبعد فان احق الفضائل بالتقديم واسبقها فى استيجاب التعظيم هو التحلى بحقائق العلوم والمعارف ...وكثيرا ما يحالج قلبي ان اشرح كتاب تلخيص المفتاح ... بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله افتح كتابه بعد التيمن بالتسمية بحمد الله تعالى"


"قوله يظهر ذلك بالتامل مع التذكر لما تقدم من الاصول المذكورة فى الفنون الثلثة وتفاصيل ذلك مما لا نفى لها الدفاتر لا يمكن الاطلاع على كنهها الا لعلام الغيوب هذا اخرما اردنا جمعه من الفوائد و نظه من الفرائد مع توزع البال...و الحمد لله و لي الانعام و الصلوة على محمد واله عليه و عليهم السلام في جميع الاعوام برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين بعون الله الملك الوهاب"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "قد تم هذا الكتاب المطول شرح التلخيص بقلم احمد بن حسن في سنة ثمان و اربعين و ماتين و الف غفر الله لهما و اليه رحم الله لمن نظر و قراء و استفاده و دعاء لكاتبه ان وجد فيه سهو و خطاء يصحح و لا يعيب لان الانسان لا يخلو من الخطاء و النسيان م م م"


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Physical Details:

18 V (360) ; entirely quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; bold, heavy line ; compact ; slight tilt to left; adheres to baseline ; freely ligatured (with final hāʼ or tāʼ marbūtah assimilated with previous rāʼ or dāl) ; rightward descenders tapered ; counters tend to be open ; superscripting of final letters such as nūn following alif ; prominent waw with striking open counter ; partially vocalized, in same black ink ; interlinear and marginal glosses in several different hands while some glosses appear to be in same hand as main text.


Fine headpiece on incipit page (p.2) consisting of rectangular panel carrying the basmalah surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) containing swirling floral design in reddish-pink on light reddish-pink field ; tailpiece (p.361) surrounding triangular explicit and colophon in field of light reddish-pink including swirling floral design in similar reddish-pink ink ; written area throughout surrounded by red rule-border ; section headings, notabilia (sideheads), some interlinear corrections and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; text commented upon overlined in red ; textual dividers in red.


European laid paper with 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal) ; watermarks include eagle and a bird within scrollwork.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (in yellow, blue, and pink) with red over spine, foredge flap and edges/turn-ins ; board linings in laid paper ; green lining at interior of foreedge flap and spine ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; endbands in white thread over leather core, lost at head and showing remains at tail ; spine has been repaired at head and tail with strip of red leather pasted across spine ; repair at tail is partially lost and leather over spine is splitting ; leather at head and tail of spine cracking and abraded and endbands damaged but otherwise codex is sound, in overall fair condition.

Accompanying Materials:

Inserts in wove paper carrying notes (paginated pp.9-10 and pp.83-84).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 127. Kitab al-mutawwal, commentary on al-Bayan of al-Talkhis." ; "٤٠٩" on tail of textblock.


As appears in colophon on p.361, copied by Aḥmad ibn Ḥasan with transcription completed ("qad tamma hādhā al-kitāb ... bi-qalam...") in the year 1248 [1832 or 3].

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 127. Kitab al-mutawwal, commentary on al-Bayan of al-Talkhis." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "247" in Western numerals on verso of final leaf (p.364) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink appears on 'title page' (p.1) and several places throughout, reads: "هذا وقف الراجي فيض الصمدي الشيخ احمد ضيا الدين ابن مصط فى الخالدي فمن بدله بعد ما سمعه فانما اثمه على الذين يبدلونه" ; occasional collation marks appear in margins, including use of نسخة to indicate variants.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 Aḥmad ibn Ḥasan, fl. 1832 or 3, scribe. 04 احمد بن حسن، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 295 ; SI

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

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