Isl. Ms. 150


Ḥasan Chalabī ʻalá al-Muṭawwal,[early 17th century].حسن چلبى على المطول,[اوائل القرن 17م].


Fanārī, Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad Shāh,1436 or 7-1481 or 2.فناري، حسن بن محمد شاه.

Place/Date of Production:



199 leaves :paper ;203 x 145 (143-169 x 67-99) mm. bound to 203 x 150 mm.


Fine copy of Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad Shāh al-Fanārī's (Hasan Çelebî) gloss on al-Sharḥ al-muṭawwal, the longer commentary by Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar al-Taftazānī on Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ by Jalāl al-Dīn al-Qazwīnī (d.1338), an abridgment of part 3 of Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm by al-Sakkākī (d.1229), on rhetoric (al-maʻānī wa-al-bayān).

Other Title(s):

From inscription on 'title page' (p.3):حاشيۀ مطول


Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Taftāzānī, Masʻūd ibn ʻUmar,--1322-1389?--Muṭawwal.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3).


"الحمد لله الذي الهمنا حقائق المعاني ودقائق البيان الاقرب الى الفهم ان المراد بالالهام في هذا المقام معناه اللغوي وهو الاعلام مطلقا لا يحتاج ارادة ..."


"والتذكير للاحكام المذكورة في علمي المعاني والبيان انما لم يتعرض للبديع لكونه خارجا عن [البلاغة]"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "تم هذا الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب في ليلة يوم الثلثاء في شهر المرجب عن يد عبد الضعيف الشيخ مصطفى بن جقر [؟] غفر الله له ولوالديه"


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Physical Details:

i, 8 V(80), II (84), 4 V(124), IV (132), IV+1 (141), VI (153), V (163), IV+2 (173), 2 VI (197), I (199) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf and insert ; skips two pages each between pp.265-266 and pp.271-272).


Written in 23, 25 and 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh-nastaʻlīq and naskh, several hands ; mainly naskh-nastaʻlīq virtually serifless with mainly closed counters, effect of tilt to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated), elongation of horizontal strokes, final nūn occasionally reversed (re-curved) ; naskhs fairly compact with mainly closed counters, rounded and freely ligatured, some with tilt to the right others to the left (see pp.283-306 and pp.347-370).


Keywords rubricated ; overlining in red ; occasional textual dividers in red and black.


European laid paper in several types ; first type with 6 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-30 mm. apart (horizontal), anchor in circle watermark with trefoil above (compare Heawood 2), quite thick, sturdy and well-burnished ; second type with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27 mm. apart (horizontal), crossbow in circle watermark with trefoil above (compare Piccard 123860 and 123861), thinner but sturdy and well-burnished ; next type with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), crown with star and crescent above watermark (compare Heawood 1132), thick, sturdy and well-burnished ; final type with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-28 mm. apart, angel in circle watermark with flower/leaf above ; some staining and tide lines.


Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (orange-red, blue, yellow) with spine, foreedge flap, and edges/turn-ins in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; upper pastedown in laid paper, lower board lining in pink-tinted laid paper ; interior of envelope flap in marbled paper ; sewn in cream thread, two and four stations (alternating) ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion, some lifting and losses of paper and leather, staining, delamination of boards, etc. ; repairs in red leather.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip carrying notes (paginted pp.21-22).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 71. Hasan Chelebi's glosses on the Mutawwal." ; "۲٤" on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) and 'title page' (p.3) ; "٤١٦" on tail of textblock.


As appears in colophon on p.397, copied by Muṣṭafá ibn Jaqr [?]. Colophon lacks year transcription was completed ; paper suggests early 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 71. Hasan Chelebi's glosses on the Mutawwal." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "124" in Western numerals on front flyleaf (p.1) ; circular waqf-seal impression in black ink also 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" ; ownership statement on lower board lining ; extensive marginal glosses ; occasional notabilia (sideheads) and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 Muṣṭafá ibn Jaqr, scribe. 04 مصطفى بن جقر، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 295 (cmtre 4A, gloss f)

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

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