Isl. Ms. 648


[Majmūʻah,19th century?].[مجموعة,القرن 19م؟].


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24 leaves :paper ;247 x 145 (180 x 68) mm.


Fine copy of a small collection of poems and brief prose pieces in Arabic (some signed by Muḥammad Ṣādiq, Muḥammad Najīb al-Azharī al-Ḥusnī al-ʻAṭṭār, ʻUmar ibn ʻAbd al-Salām, and ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Ṣamadī [?]), concluding with three short poems in Turkish.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.5):ديوان صادق ونجيب


Arabic poetry.
Turkish poetry.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Arabic and Ottoman Turkish.


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1. p.6-p.8 : [poem signed Muḥammad Ṣādiq, opens "حتى متى البين ومر السهاد اقضى ولا اقضى بسعدي مراد"].
2. p.9-p.12 : [poem signed Muḥammad Najīb al-Azharī al-Ḥusnī al-ʻAṭṭār, opens "جاءت وكف القبول يحملها"].
3. p.13-p.18 : [poems, final signed ʻUmar ibn ʻAbd al-Salām, opens "الحمد لله ... قم يا نديم فما اصطباحك عار" ].
4. p.19-p.20 : [poem signed ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Ṣamadī [?], opens "يا شام كم لك من يد عندي" ].
5. p.20-p.24 : [poems]
6. p.25 : [poem signed al-Sayyid Muḥammad, opens "تبسم ثغر الفتح يهتف بالنصر" ].
7. p.26-p.27 : [short prose piece, opens "ما تبسم فجر وضحك غمام" ].
8. p.28 : [short prose piece, opens "بسم الله الجامع بذاته حقائق اسمائه وصفاته" ].
9. p.29-p.31 : [short prose piece, opens "الحمد لله وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد ... انظر روض باكرة الماطر" ].
10. p.32-p.33 : [poem, opens "لحى الله دهرا بالاحبة افجعا" ].
11. p.34-p.35 : [poem, opens "بك المناصب في العلياء تفتخر" ].
12. p.35-37 : [short prose piece, opens "الحمد لله ... يا مخلص النفوس اذا لعثمت دياجي"].
13. p.38-p.45 : [blank].
14. 46-p.47 : [mainly poems, opens "تجلى ضيا الفضل من افقك الاعلا" ].
15. p.47-p.49 : [three short poems in Turkish].
16. p.50-p.52 : [blank].

Physical Details:

2 V (20), I+2 (24) ; possible that leaves are missing ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 29 lines per page ; often divided to two columns to set off poetry.


Nastaʻlīq ; compact, elegant hand ; characteristically serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation and thickness of horizontal strokes.


Occasional vocalization and orthographic signs rubricated ; signatures following several of the poems rubricated ; for one poem (see p.22) opening letters of opening words of each hemistich rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, varies), curved and fairly distinct and occasional chain lines visible at roughly 45 mm. apart ; thin and crisp though sturdy, well-burnished to glossy ; alternating leaves surface dyed a dark yellow ochre, pale green or pale pink.


Pasteboards covered in red cut velvet with dark red leather over spine and edges/turn-ins (framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in marbled paper (striking pattern mainly in red, blue, yellow and black on white) with doublure hinges in a different marbled paper (blue on white) ; leather surrounding velvet panels gold-tooled in wide guilloché roll border ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations, though textblock detached from cover and with many loose quires ; overall in somewhat poor condition with some abrasion and staining, lifting of leather, spine fully split with covers detached from one another and from textblock, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda (pp.1-2) -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas (pp.3-4).

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover, 'title page' (p.5) and label on lower cover, "IL 128" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated colophon though poem on p.33 possibly dated 1199 [1784 or 5]. Paper, etc. suggests late 18th or early 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Book price and possible former inventory marks on 'title page' (p.5) ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Muḥammad Ṣādiq.
04--محمد صادق.
05--Muḥammad Najīb al-Azharī al-Ḥusnī al-ʻAṭṭār.
05--.محمد نجيب الازهري الحسني العطار
06--ʻUmar ibn ʻAbd al-Salām.
06--عمر بن عبد السلام.
07--ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Ṣamadī.
07--عبد العزيز الصمدي.


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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

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Posted by evyn on August 19, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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