Isl. Ms. 223


[al-Kāfiyah maʻa al-Shāfiyah,17th century].[الكافية مع الشافية,القرن 17م].


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

Place/Date of Production:



120 leaves :paper ;226 x 155 (143 x 65) mm. bound to 227 x 160 mm.


Fine copy of Ibn al-Ḥājib's (d.1249) two concise grammatical treatises, al-Kāfiyah, on naḥw (syntax), and al-Shāfiyah on ṣarf (morphology).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):متن الكافية والشافيةShāfiyahشافيةTaṣrīfتصريف


Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Morphology--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.


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1. p.4-p.123 : [al-Kāfiyah] / Ibn al-Ḥājib.
2. p.124-125 : [blank].
3. p.126-p.241 : [al-Shāfiyah] / Ibn al-Ḥājib.
4. p.242-p.244 : [blank].

Physical Details:

i, V-1 (9), 5 V(59), V+1 (70), 5 V(120), i ; chiefly quinions ; many quires loose ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish or Persian hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on ascenders of letters lām, ṭāʼ, and ẓāʼ but not on free-standing alif ; curvilinear descenders ; rightward descenders tapered ; some elongation of horizontal strokes ; pointing in distinct dots ; fully vocalized.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at the opening of each work (p.4 and p.126) each consisting of rectangular piece with cartouche carrying the basmalah surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome), both pieces filled with swirling vegetal floral design on fields of gold and lapis lazuli and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) ; keywords rubricated ; text of written area surrounded by gold frame.


non-European (Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (mainly vertical with some curving and sagging) and regularly spaced chain lines faintly visible ; smooth and well-burnised ; some staining.


Pasteboards covered in black leather with spine and foreedge in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in deep red leather with dark brown leather filigree appliqué over blue paper ; pastedowns in salmon-colored paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. NSd 7), pendants and cornerpieces ; sewn in red thread, two stations, with many broken threads and hence loose quires ; worked chevron endbands in red and yellow, headband fully intact and tailband partially gone ; overall in poor condition with fair condition with abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, pest damage, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"249 T. D. M.[?]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "91" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.3).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests first half of 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on front flyleaf "249 T. D. M.[?]" and 'title page' (p.3) "91" ; several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.3) including statement in name of Şerif Paşazade Mehmet Asad reads "من كتب الفقير الى ربه الاحد الصمد شريف باشا زاده محمد اسعد عفي عنهما", statements in name of Muḥammad Farīd (محمد فريد), statement in name of Ibrāhīm Farīd al-Dīn ibn Ḥājjī ʻAlī al-Arḍurūmī reads "قد انتقل الى ملك الى ... ربه القدير ابراهيم فريد الدين ابن حاجي علي الارضرومي", oval seal impression and rectangular seal impression ; oval seal impression repeated several times at close on p.241 ; extensive glosses.

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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 07 Şerif Paşazade Mehmet Asad, former owner. 08 Muḥammad Farīd, former owner. 09 Ibrāhīm Farīd al-Dīn ibn Ḥājjī ʻAlī al-Arḍurūmī, former owner. 07 شريف پاشا زاده محمد اسعد، مالك سابق. 08 محمد فريد، مالك سابق. 09 ابراهيم فريد الدين بن حاجي علي الارضرومي، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 303EI2,v.III, p.781, col.1

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

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