Isl. Ms. 245


Majmaʻ al-amthāl,[1152, i.e. 1739].مجمع الامثال,[1152ه, 1739م].


Maydānī, Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad,d. 1124.ميداني، احمد بن محمد.

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223 leaves :paper ;286 x 177 (235 x 108) mm.


Careful copy of the renowned collection of classical Arabic proverbs compiled by Abū al-Faḍl Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Maydānī (d.1124).

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




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3).


"ان احسن ما يوشح به صدر الكلام واجمل ما يفصل به عقد النظام حمد الله ذي الجلال والاكرام والافضال والانعام ... وبعد فان من المعلوم ان الادب سلم الى معرفة العلوم به يتوصل الى الوقوف عليها ومنه يتوقع الوصول اليها ..."


"وهي المكافاة ويد سوداء وهي المن وقيل لبعضهم ما العقل قال الاصابة بالظنون ومعرفة ما لم يكن بما قد كان تم الكتاب بتوفيق الله ومنه والحمد لله اولا واخرا وباطنا وظاهرا وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله الاكرمين وسلم تسليما"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "وفرغ منه محمد بن احمد الكردي في يوم الاثنين حادي عشر شهر جمادى الاول سنة اثنين وخمسين ومائة والف حامدا لله ومصليا على نبيه نبي الرحمة م م م"


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Physical Details:

i, 22 V(220), I+1 (223), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written mainly in 35 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine, clear Syrian or Iraqi hand ; mainly serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, mainly curvilinear descenders, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots, elongation of horizontal strokes, partially vocalized.


Section headings and text of proverbs rubricated ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of a series of a silver band flanked by black and red fillets ; occasional textual divders in the form of hāʼ or three inverted commas in red.


non-European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal and vertical, fairly indistinct), cloudy formation, sturdy , highly sized and burnished, mainly yellow-tinted ; flyleaves in European laid paper (outermost surface-dyed a dark purple) with watermarks of "AL MASSO" and "GM" under shield / arms with eagle above horse.


Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures / board linings in block-printed paper with repeating square, cross and floral motifs in green and orange on a yellow and white ground ; upper and lower covers carry 'gold-stamped' (now green) scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration) and pendants, along with tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps outlined by tooled fillets ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and lavender (or gray), good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, minor lifting of leather, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"467 T. D. M.[?]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) ; "72" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.3).


As appears in colophon on p.447, copied by Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Kurdī with transcription finished 11 Jumādá I 1152 [ca. 16 August 1739]. As appears in statement to the left of the colophon, collated by ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Raḥbī al-Shāfiʻī with collation completed toward the end of Shawwāl 1152 [January 1740].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) "467 T. D. M.[?]" and 'title page' (p.3) "72 " ; three ownership statements on 'title page' (p.3), two accompanied by obliterated oval seal impressons, one in name of Murād ibn Khālid Āghāʻzādah (Murat b. Halit Aǧazade / مراد بن خالد اغا زاده ), another indicating purchase and dated 1261 [1845 or 6] in name of Aḥmad Afandī son of (najl) Sulaymān Afandī Ḥāfiẓʻzādah (Ahmet Efendi necl-i Süleyman Hafızzade / احمد افندى نجل سليمان حافظ زاده ), and another in name of ʻAbd al-Ghanī Faḍl Allāh al-ʻAṭṭār ( عبد الغني فضل الله العطار ) ; collation statement in name of collator, ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Raḥbī al-Shāfiʻī (عبد العزيز الرحبي الشافعي) appears to the left of the colophon on p.447, reads: "بلغ قبالا وتصحيحا حسب الطاقة من اوله الى اخره بقلم الفقير عبد العزيز الرحبي الشافعي داعيا لما لله بلغه الله مناه وحرسه وتولاه آمين في اخر شوال سنه ۱۱٥٢ " ; numerous marginal corrections ; occasional glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Raḥbī,--fl. 1740,--collator.
05--عبد العزيز الرحبي،--مقابل.


04 Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Kurdī, fl. 1739, scribe. 04 محمد بن احمد الكردي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

06 Murat bin Halit Ağazade, former owner. 07 Ahmet Efendi necl-i Hafızzade Süleyman, fl. 1845 or 6, former owner. 08 ʻAbd al-Ghanī Faḍl Allāh al-ʻAṭṭār, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 06 مراد بن خالد اغا زاده، مالك سابق. 07 احمد افندى نجل حافظ زاده سليمان، مالك سابق. 08 عبد الغني فضل الله العطار، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I, 289

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

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