Isl. Ms. 248


[al-Kawākib al-durrīyah fī madḥ khayr al-barīyah maʻa al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusná,828, i.e. 1424 or 1425].[الكواكب الدرية في مدح خير البرية,828ه, 1424 أو 1425م].


Būṣīrī, Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Saʻīd,1213?-1296?بوصيري, شرف الدين محمد بن سعيد.

Place/Date of Production:

[Egypt,1424 or 1425].


33 leaves :paper ;255 x 170 (185 x 115) mm. bound to 260 x 173 mm.


Fine copy of Qaṣīdat al-Burdah by al-Būṣīrī (d.1294–7?) with later takhmīs mainly in Ottoman Turkish. Preceded by al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusná (with numerical values for each name) and following by notes and excerpts.

Other Title(s):

BurdahبردةTitle from inscription on p.14:قصيدت البردة الشريفهal-Asmāʼ al-ḥusnáالاسماء الحسنى


God (Islam)--Name--Prayers and devotions--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Poetry--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


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"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "تمت البردة الشريفة بحمد الله تعالى وعونه على يد الفقير الى الله تعالى حمزة بن عبد الوهاب غفر الله له ولوالديه وللمسلمين اجمعين وذلك في عام ۸۲۸".


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Physical Details:

ii, II (4), III (10), VII (24), III+3 (33), ii ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals begins with incipit page (p.14) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 6 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Text of al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusná in fine Mamlūk naskh, tailpiece in script resembling 'Eastern Kufic' ('broken cursive' or New Abbasid Style, NS) ; titlepiece for al-Burdah in thuluth, saṭr of each bayt in muḥaqqaq, ʻajuz in fine Mamlūk naskh ; fully vocalized ; glosses (takhmīs, mainly in Turkish, ending abruptly at p.28) in naskh-nastʻalīq, varying hands.


Rectangular panel at opening (p.6) carries poetic patronage statement (خدمت بها من قد سما بفعاله واقواله ما بين قارئ وكاتب كريم يعادي الباخلين وانه بمصر عزيز صاحب وابن صاحب) accented by cloud bands and swirling arabesque ; on p.7, illuminated titlepiece for al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusná in the form of a rectangular panel with accompanying ansa (in this case, roundel) carries title in white (الاسما الحسنى نفع الله بها) with gold outline set among gold vegetal design on a field of blue ; entire piece is framed by a heavy gold band and blue rule ; on p.12, at close of al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusná a fine illuminated tailpiece in gold and blue in the form of an almond-shaped panel flanked by illuminated rosettes carries inscription in white (تمت الاسما) ; on p.13, exquisite illuminated titlepiece for al-Burdah consisting of a large rectangular panel divided to smaller rectangular panels carrying the title and ex libris (الكواكب الدرية في مدح خير البرية صلى الله عليه وسلم برسم خزانة المقر الاشرف العالي المخدومي الصاحبي الكريمي كريم الدين عظم الله شأنه) in white set in lozenge-shaped cartouches with flanking roundels filled with vegetal design in gold on fields of blue ; ansa in the form of a roundel accompanies uppermost panel ; textual dividers in the form of illuminated rosettes with blue and red accents appear throughout ; keywords occasionally chrysographed ; for each of bayt of al-Burdah, saṭr in black and ʻajuz rubricated ; written area of incipit and facing page of al-Burdah surrounded by frame consisting of gold band and heavy blue rule ; tailpiece in the form of a rectangular panel carrying the colophon follows al-Burdah on p.69 and closely resembles opening rectangular panel (p.6).


non-European laid paper (likely Egyptian) with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines grouped in threes (vertical) with 9-11 mm. between the chains and 37-42 mm. between the groups ; alternating tinting of the bifolia ; flyleaves in a yellow tinted European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal) and moon in shield with face in profile and 'B G' watermark as well as in an untinted European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (vertical), and watermarks of spread eagle and coat of arms with lion rampant in shield with crown above ; numerous repairs.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather with spine and edges/turn-ins in dark brown leather of similar color ; Type III binding (without flap) ; flyleaves and pastedowns in yellow-tinted European laid paper ; upper and lower covers bear stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla with vegetal composition (compare Déroche class. NSd 7) ; sewn in red thread, four stations ; overall in fair condition with staining, abrasion, some lifting of leather at edges, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"۱۱۹" on paper label on upper cover (repeated in pencil on titlepage for al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusná, p.7).


As appears in colophon on p.69, copied by Ḥamzah ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb in 828 [1424 or 1425], likely in Egypt. As appears in patronage statements/ex libris on p.6 and in titlepiece on p.13, copied for Karīm al-Dīn, perhaps al-Wazīr al-Ṣāḥib Karīm al-Dīn ʻAbd al-Karīm ibn Kātib al-Manākh (d.852/1448) (see Ibn Taghrībirdī, Ḥawādith al-duhūr, sanat ithnatayn wa-khamsīn wa-thamānimiʼah, shahr Rabīʻ al-Ākhir).

Ownership and History:

Several former owners' marks including inscription in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) "316 T.D.M" [?], main patronage statements/ex libris on p.6 and p.13 , oval seal impression with inscription "عبده محمد امين" on p.13, and octagonal seal impression on p.13 ; both seal impressions repeated several times on p.70.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

al-Asmāʼ al-ḥusnáالاسماء الحسنى


04 Ḥamzah ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb, fl. 1424 or 5, scribe. 04 حمزة بن عبد الوهاب، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Ibn Taghrībirdī, Ḥawādith al-duhūr fī madá al-ayyām wa-al-shuhūr. Bayrūt, 1990.(v.2 p.169)

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

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