Isl. Ms. 474


al-Nashr al-ṣaghīr,[1144, i.e. 1731 or 1732].النشر الصغير,[1144ه، 1731 أو 1732م].


Ibn al-Jazarī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,1350-1429.جزري، محمد بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[1731 or 1732].


247 leaves :paper ;162 x 109 (110 x 55) mm.


Fine copy of the abridgment by Ibn al-Jazarī (d.1429) of his Nashr al-qirā’āt al-‘ashr [Kitāb al-Nashr fī al-qirāʼāt al-ʻashr] on the ten readings of the Qur’ān.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on opening leaf (p.1) at in heading at opening (p.8):هذا كتاب نشر صغير


Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ibn al-Jazarī, Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,--1350-1429.--Nashr fī al-qirāʼāt al-ʻashr.--Abridgment.
Qurʼan--Readings--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title from heading preceding table of contents (p.3).
Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 474


"قال شيخنا العلامة ... شمس الملة والدين اسبغ الله تعالى الى يوم الدين محمد بن محمد بن محمد الجزري الشافعي رحم الله اسلافه الكرام واهداه العظام الحمد لله على التقريب والتيسير واشهد ان لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له ... وبعد فلما كان كتابي نشر القرآت العشرة مما عرف قدره واشتهر بين الطلبة ذكره ... التمس مني ان اقربه وايسره واقتصر على ما فيه من الخلاف فاختصرته ليقل لفظه ويسهل حفظه ..."


"واجعله حجة لي يا رب العالمين وهذا اخر ما سهل اختصاره من نشر القرآت جعله الله خالصا لوجه ونفع به"


"Authorial" [mainly], reads "قال المصنف رحمه الله ونفع بعلمه وافق فراغه في يوم الاحد العشر محرم سنة اربع وثمان مائة ... لجميع المسلمين روايته عني عموما واجزت الاولادي محمد واحمد وابو الخير وغيرهم خصوصا روايته عني مع جميع ما يجوز لي وعني روايته قاله وكتبه محمد بن محمد الجزري عفا الله عنهم وذلك بمنزلي من مدينة مروصة المحروسة سنة ١١٤٤ م م م م م م م"


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:

VI+I (14), 21 V(224), IV+1 (233), V (243), II (247) ; chiefly quinions ; final two leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine, medium Turkish or 'Syrian' hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on most ascenders other than free-standing alif, slight effect of tilt to the left, rounded with curvilinear descenders, pointing mainly in distinct dots.


Keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols (mainly two-teeth stroke) rubricated.


European laid paper with 12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (vertical), grapes (raisin) under crown watermark with "IF" below (see p.60, 70, etc.), transluscent and sturdy, very well burnished, mainly beige or light yellow in color ; some staining and tide lines, as well as minor foxing.


Pasteboards covered in shell marbled paper (mainly in dark blue and dark brown, which Jake Benson has identified as being of 19th century Spanish manufacture) with green-blue cloth over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in green textile ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations, many threads broken ; worked endbands in light yellow and beige or dark pink, damaged with significant losses ; overall in somewhat poor condition with much abrasion, staining, some delamination of boards, lifting and losses of paper and cloth, detaching at spine, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover, front flyleaf (p.1) and spine label, "IL 392" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears with authorial colophon on p.440, transcription apparently completed in 1144 [1731 or 2]. Authorial colophon indicates that composition was completed 10 Muḥarram 804 [ca. 20 August 1401] in the author's house in Bursa (Brūṣah) where Bāyazīd I had his court.

Ownership and History:

Circular seal impression at close on p.440 in name of one Fayḍī, dated 1247 [1831 or 2], "عبده فيضي ٢٤٧" ; occasional notabilia (side-heads) mainly marked مطلب.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 202

Images1 2

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

Total comments on this page: 1

How to read/write comments

Comments on specific paragraphs:

Click the icon to the right of a paragraph

  • If there are no prior comments there, a comment entry form will appear automatically
  • If there are already comments, you will see them and the form will be at the bottom of the thread

Comments on the page as a whole:

Click the icon to the right of the page title (works the same as paragraphs)


No comments yet.

jemiljan on paragraph 21:

This cover also bears an authentic Spanish marbled paper produced in Europe in the 19th century.

January 8, 2014 9:08 am

Comments are by invitation only.