Isl. Ms. 475


Kitāb Abī ʻAmr Dānī,[984, i.e. 1576].كتاب ابي عمرو داني,[984ه، 1576م].


Dānī, ‘Uthmān ibn Sa’īd,981 or 2-1053.داني، عثمان ابن سعيد.

Place/Date of Production:



148 leaves :paper ;202 x 155 (153 x 103) mm.


Fine (though apprently acephalous) copy of a work pertaining to Qurʼānic readings (qirāʼāt) consisting of analysis of the verses in tabular form, attributed to Abū ʻAmr ʻUthmān ibn Saʻīd al-Dānī (d.1053).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (head):قراءات دانى


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Readings--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1).


"ملك بالقصر الرحمن الرحيم ملك وميم الرحيم اظهر مع القصر بعده امينا دليلا كافيا فائضا ..."


"سورة الناس بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم قل اعوذ برب الناس ملك الناس اله الناس امال الناس المجرور كلا والباقون بالفتح تم تمت بعون الله وحسن توفيقه وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله واصحابه اجمعين"


"Scribal," reads "وكان الفراغ من تحرير هذا الكتاب يوم الجمعة قبل العصر خمسة وعشرين من شهر شعبان المعظم سنة اربع وثمانين وتسعمائة اللهم ارحم مؤلفه وكاتبه وقارئه وصاحبه ومن نظر فيه ودعا لهم وجميع المؤمنين والمؤمنات امين يا قاضي الحاجات بحرمة محمد عليه السلام والصلوة والحمد لله رب العاليم"


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Physical Details:

V (10), II (14), II+1 (19), 3 V(49), III (55), II+1 (60), 2 V(80), II (84), 2 III (96), II (100), 4 V(140), IV (148), i ; chiefly quinions ; final leaves ruled but left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes back flyleaf).


Written area divided to tabular form, a four by six grid of 24 compartments with roughly 3 or4 lines of text in each compartment.


Naskh ; two main clear Turkish hands ; opening through p.38 (added / replacement section) in an elegant Ottoman naskh, partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on ascenders other than alif, effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders ; from p.39 to close, mainly serifless with effect of tilt to the left, varying in elongation of horizontal strokes, sweeping descenders, etc.


Keywords, headings and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; from p.39 to close, written area (and tabular compartments within) outlined in red rule-border.


European laid paper mainly with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and crossbow watermark (see p.128, 133, 208, 213, etc.), sturdy and well-burnished ; opening added / replacement section on yellow-tinted laid paper (with "GFA" and lion in scrollwork watermark) and untinted wove paper ; staining.


Pasteboards covered in now dull yellow laid paper with dark brown leather over spine and edges/turn-ins (framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in pink laid paper ; sewn in very dark brown or black thread, two stations ; worked endbands in dark brown or black and cream or dull pink thread, fair condition with some losses, core exposed ; overall in somewhat poor condition with significant abrasion and staining, some lifting and losses of leather and paper, delamination of boards, etc. ; ill-fitting (small).

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda -- b. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 274" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.293, transcription completed 25 Shaʻbān 984 [November 1576]. Opening section (through p.38) supplied on replacement leaves may be of 16th or 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Occasional glosses and corrections ; excerpts and what may be three death notices on back flyleaf (p.298).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 407Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,ii 487Brit. Mus. Suppl.84

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Posted by evyn on September 16, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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