Isl. Ms. 222


[al-Kāfiyah,1050, i.e. 1640 or 1641].[الكافية,1050ه، 1640 أو 1641م].


Ibn al-Ḥājib, ʻUthmān ibn ʻUmar,1175-1249.ابن الحاجب، عثمان بن عمر.

Place/Date of Production:

[1640 or 1641].


50 leaves :paper ;181 x 95 (129 x 45) mm.


Fine copy of Ibn al-Ḥājib's grammatical treatise on naḥw (syntax). Added table of contents precedes work (pp.5-6).

Other Title(s):



Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"الكلمة لفظ وضع لمعنى مفرد وهي اسم وفعل وحرف ..."


"فيرد ما حذف والمفتوح ما قبلها تقلب الفا تم الكتاب"


"Scribal," triangular, reads: "حرره الفقير المذنب الادرنوي غفر الله ذنوبه وستر عيوبه لسنة خمسين والف"


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Physical Details:

i, I+1 (3), 4 V(43), II+1 (48), I (50), i ; chiefly quinions ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes added leaves).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq ; large, elegant hand ; serifless ; characteristic effect of words descending to baseline ; superscripting of final words and letters at the end of a line ; closed counters ; some elongation of horizontal strokes.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.8 consisting of rectangular panel filled with curvilinear vegetal floral design evoking arabesque in gold, red, pink and white on a field of lapis lazuli, surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with same vegetal floral design and itself surmounted by a pendant and vertical stalks (tīgh) ; the entire piece is set into a well/border consisting of gold bands flanking a band of red with white crosses ; text of written area throughout surrounded by a heavy gilt frame with second frame surrounded the text of the margins ; keywords and abbreviation symbols chrysographed occasional textual dividers in the form of red discs ; cloudbands outline in gold accents written area of several pages ; curvilinear vegetal design in gold (reminiscent of that in headpiece) flanks colophon.


non-European (Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. and no chain lines apparent ; quite thin (though sturdy) and transluscent .


Pasteboards (quite thin, semi-limp) covered in light brown leather with spine, foreedge flap, edges/turn-ins, and onlays in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in green silver-flecked paper ; upper and lower covers carry mandorla and pendants with gold-tooled and gold-painted accents, as well as a gold-tooled guilloché roll border ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; endbands virtually gone ; overall in quite poor condition with both upper and lower covers completely detached at spine (spine leather is completed detached from textblock, though spine lining remains), foreedge flap split and detaching, some abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, moisture damage, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"579 T. D. M.[?]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "138" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.7).


As appears in colophon on p.91, copied by Muḥammad al-Adarnawī [or al-Adranawī] with transcription completed in in 1050 [1640 or 1].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on front flyleaf "579 T. D. M.[?]" and 'title page' (p.7) "138" ; on 'title page' (p.7) ownership statement dated 18 Rabīʻ II 1176 [November 1762] in name of the lieutenant (mulāzim) Muḥammad Rāshid ; another virtually effaced ownership statement accompanied by oval seal impression (illegible) also appears in 'title page' (p.7) ; faint inscription with book price on 'title page' (p.7) ; extensive marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 Adarnawī, Muḥammad, fl. 1640, scribe. 04 أدرنوي, محمد, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

05 Muḥammad Rāshid, fl. 1762, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 05 محمد راشد، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 303 ; S I 531

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

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