Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 547

Title:

Kitāb Ramz al-ḥaqāʼiq fī sharḥ kanz al-daqāʼiq,[early to mid 16th century?].كتاب رمز الحقائق في شرح كنز الدقائق,[اوائل الى اواسط القرن 16م؟].

Author:

ʻAynī, Badr al-Dīn Maḥmūd ibn Aḥmad,1361-1451.عيني، بدر الدين محمود بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[1500-1560?].

Size:

290 leaves :paper ;295 x 197 (216 x 124) mm.

Summary:

Elegant copy of the well-known commentary by Badr al-Dīn Maḥmūd ibn Aḥmad al-ʻAynī (d.1451) on Abū al-Barakāt ʻAbd Allāh ibn Aḥmad al-Nasafī's (d.1310) Kanz al-daqāʼiq, a synopsis of his own Kitāb al-Wāfī, a legal work modeled after al-Marghīnānī's (d.1196 or 7) celebrated Hidāyah.

Other Title(s):

Ramz al-ḥaqāʼiq fī sharḥ kanz al-daqāʼiqرمز الحقائق في شرح كنز الدقائقEdge title (head):حقايق شرح وقايقTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):رمز الحقائقشرح الكنز

Subject(s):

Islamic law--Interpretation and construction--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Nasafī, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Aḥmad,--d. 1310.--Kanz al-daqāʼiq.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from titlepiece on p.3 and opening on p.4.

Incipit:

"ان اجل ما يستهل به اللسان بالبيان واشد ما تشهد به الاركان من الجنان حمد مبدع فلق اتمار العلم عن احكام الاذهان ... وبعد فان الفقير الى رحمة الله ربه الغني ابا محمد محمود بن احمد العيني ... يقول لما امتحنت بما امتحن به من هو محسودا اما لعلمه وفضله ... اردت ان ازيل هذه الكدورات باشتغال البال في شرح كتاب من المصنفات فاخترت لذلك كتاب كنز الدقائق المنسوب الى ... ابي البركات عبد الله بن احمد بن محمود النسفي ... فاستخرت الله تعالى واخترعت له شرحا يدلل صعابه ويستخرج عن قشرة لبابه ... مسمى بكتاب رمز الحقائق في شرح كنز الدقائق ..."

Explicit:

"فبقي الباقي مقسوما على سهامهم فيما نقل هذا منه بعد قوله سهامهم نجز الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب والله اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب وصلى الله وسلم على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثيرا"

Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

i, V-2 (8), 23 V(238), VI (250), 4 V(290), i ; chiefly quinions ; fol. 2 and 5 transposed ; middle of the quire marks in the form of oblique stroke in the lower outer margin of the right-hand leaf (some quires only) ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).

Layout:

Written in 31 lines per page ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand ; seriffed with right-sloping head-serf on virtually all ascender letters apart from free-standing alif, slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah pointed as yāʼ, kāf occasionally without bar (shaqq) but vertical stroke with hamzah ; hand changes around p.359, from there to close one or two more compact, graceful hands in a narrow line, quite rounded and freely ligatured.

Decoration:

Elegant illuminated titlepiece on 'title page' (p.3) in white, gold, blue, red, and green consisting of an upper rectangular panel with a lozenge carrying the title in white with gold outline on field of blue, surmounting the main panel with an eight-lobed medallion (shamsah) with lobes separated from the central disc by a series of bands in green, gold, red, and white, and carrying the author’s name in white with gold outline on a field of blue at the center ; corner pieces in red and green with gold vegetal designs appear in both panels and vertical stalks in blue and red accent the central medallion and outer frame ; written area of incipit page surrounded by yellow (perhaps once gilt) frame, elsewhere written area surrounded by red rule-border ; most keywords, sections headings and abbreviation symbols in red, some in mint green (see p.389, etc.) ; textual dividers in the form of red, blue, and green inverted commas.

Support:

European laid paper mainly with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (vertical), and anchor in circle watermark (in two lines, star above, 60 mm. tall, see p.6, 18, etc.), quite sturdy and well-burnished with burnisher's marks visible (horizontal on right-hand leaf and vertical on left-hand leaf) ; another type with 10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of font with lid and cross [?] (or cardinal’s mitre / chapeau) watermark (see p.402, etc. and compare Chapeu nos. 3447, etc. in Briquet, Les Filigranes, Chapeau nos.2-8 dated 1549-1555 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans and nos. 31-32 dated 1549-1550 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, vol. 1) ; repairs in another European paper ; in some sections alternating leaves in peach or beige.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in olive-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, reminiscent of Déroche class. OSd 3), pendants and cornerpieces along with tooled border ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in blue (on cream primaries), fairly good condition though with minor damage to tailband ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, etc. ; repairs to spine and foreedge flap in brown leather.

Accompanying Materials:

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

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label "IL 148" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. suggest early to mid 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Marginal and interlinear glosses and corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 53 and 197Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,v 250 [2/1516]Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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