Isl. Ms. 627


[al-Īḍāḥ :mukhtaṣar fī sharḥ dībājat al-Ifṣāḥ,mid to late 16th century?].[الايضاح :مختصر في شرح ديباجة الافصاح،من اواسط الى اواخر القرن 16م؟].


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137 leaves :paper ;210 x 165 (125 x 57) mm.


Clear and well-annoted copy of an anonymous commentary on the preface (dībājah) of al-Ifṣāḥ, a grammatical work providing iʻrāb for the Fātiḥah and for the Kāfiyah of Ibn al-Ḥājib, by Ali Kuşçu (ʻAlāʼ al-Dīn ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Qūshjī, d.1474). Text of the preface of al-Ifṣāḥ has been entered on the 'title page' (p.1) by a former owner.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):ايضاح


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Declension--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Inflection--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Qūshjī, ʻAlī ibn Muḥammad,--d. 1474 or 5.--Ifṣāḥ.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.2.


"الحمد لله الذي علمنا لسان العرب والشكر لله الذي اعطانا الفهم والطلب ... اما بعد فهذا مختصر في شرح ديباجة الافصاح اخذته من كتب المعتبرة وسميته بالايضاح"


"فاضبط هذه الضوابط الشريفة واحسن انها واحفظ هذه القواعد الطيفة ولاتنها ربنا لا تؤاخذنا نسينا او اخطأنا سبحان ربك رب العزة عما يصفون وسلام على المرسلين والحمد لله رب العالمين تم الكتاب بعون الله"


"Authorial," Turkish, reads "بو علمى نحو واضح داخى روشن اهلى اچره چون اتدي بو شرحم ... تمام اولدى بياضه چقدى بويل ديدم تاريخنى بتدى بو شرحم ٩٧٣"


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Physical Details:

V+1 (11), 12 V(131), IV-2 (137) ; chiefly quinions ; quire numbering in the form of whole words, rubricated, in the upper outer corner of the opening recto of each quire ; lacks proper catchwords but last word of final line on the verso of each leaf is usually repeated at the beginning of the first line on the following recto ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 13-15 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; compact but bold Turkish hand ; virtually serifless with effect of tilt to the right, elongation and thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes.


Keywords, abbreviation symbols, and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red.


European laid paper of at least two types ; mainly with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 30 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of anchor (two lines) in circle with star above (see p.212, 213, 270, 271, etc.), thin though sturdy, medium cream in color, well-burnished to glossy ; another type with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and another larger watermark of anchor (single line) in circle (see p.18, 208, etc.).


Pasteboards covered in quite dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in marbled paper (pink, yellow, grey) ; upper and lower covers carry scalloped blind-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition of vertical and horizontal symmetry, compare Déroche class. OSd) as well as tooled border ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and yellow, fair condition but with losses to both head and tail ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting of leather, fore edge flap ill-fitting, negative draw in upper cover, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From inner front cover and fore edge flap label, "IL 28" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Appears to lack dated scribal colophon ; authorial colophon at close (not in main hand) provides a date of completion for the composition of this commentary, 973 [1565 or 6], and this copy may have been produced not long after. Paper, hand, etc. do suggest 16th century.

Ownership and History:

On 'title page' (p.1) and verso of final leaf (p.274), ownership statement in name of Ahmet bin Hamze Dilberzade (احمد بن حمزه دلبرزاده / Aḥmad ibn Ḥamzah Dilbarʻzādah ) reads "من كتب الحقير الفقير احمد بن حمزة المشهور بدلبرزادة [؟]" ; brief waqf statements (simply "وقف") appear often in the margins throuhout, usually partially effaced ; extensive marginal glosses with rubricated signes-de-renvois ; occasional corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 303 ; II 234 ; SII 329

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Posted by evyn on September 23, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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