Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 227

Title:

Talkhīṣ al-Miftāḥ,[15th century?].تلخيص المفتاح,[القرن 15م؟].

Author:

Qazwīnī, Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān,1267 or 8-1338.قزويني، جلال الدين محمد بن عبد الرحمن.

Place/Date of Production:

[14--?].

Size:

82 leaves :paper ;202 x 125 (125 x 53) mm.

Summary:

Elegant copy of the abdrigment by al-Qazwīnī, Khaṭīb Dimashq, (d.1338) of the third part of Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm by Yūsuf ibn Abī Bakr al-Sakkākī (d. 626/1229) on rhetoric, ʻIlm al-maʻānī wa-al-bayān.

Other Title(s):

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Subject(s):

Arabic language--Rhetoric--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Sakkākī, Yūsuf ibn Abī Bakr,--b. 1160.--Miftāḥ al-ʻulūm.--Qism 3.

Genre:

Headpieces (layout features)15th century.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from illuminated titlepiece (p.7) and opening (pp.9-10).

Incipit:

"الحمد لله على ما انعم و علم من البيان ما لم نعلم و الصلاة على سيدنا محمد خير من نطق بالصواب ... اما بعد فلما كان علم البلاغة و توابعها من اجل العلوم قدرا و ادقها سرا ... و كان القسم الثالث من مفتاح العلوم الذي صنفه الفاضل العلامة ابو يوسف السكاكي رحمه الله اعظم ما صنف فيه من الكتب المشهورة نفعا ... الفت مختصرا يتضمن ما فيه من القواعد و يشتمل على ما يحتاج اليه من الامثلة و الشواهد ... و سميته تلخيص المفتاح و انا اسأل الله من فضله ان ينفع به كما نفع باصله انه ولي ذلك و هو حسبي و نعم الوكيل"

Explicit:

"وهذا دعاء للبرية شامل وجميع فواتح السور و خواتمها و اردة على احسن الوجوه و اكملها يظهر ذلك بالتامل مع التذكر لما تقدم و الله الموفق للصواب واليه المرجع والمآب"

Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

iii, III+1 (7), 8 IV(71), III (77), II+1 (82), III ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present but mainly lost to trimming or barely visible ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).

Layout:

Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling-board visible).

Script:

Naskh ; elegant Persianate hand ; partially serifed with left-sloping barbed headserifs appearing mainly on final lām (and occasional lām of ilá, etc.), curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots (liberally spaced), point of final nūn set down in wide bowl, almost fully vocalized.

Decoration:

Exquisite illuminated almond-shaped titlepiece on 'title page' (p.7) carries title and author of work in gold on a central field of lapis lazuli with white vegetal accents, surrounded by elaborate border consisting of an inner most band of green (with black crosses) outlined in gold fillets, a heavy band of interlace in gold, and an outermost band with arabesque in red, green, black, gold and white on a field of lapis lazuli ; superb illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.8 echoing design of titlepiece consists of rectangular panel surmounted by a band of arabesque with vertical stalks (tīgh) above ; rectangular panel carries basmalah in white floriated 'Kufic' on a field of lapis lazuli with gold vegetal accents surrounded by same border of innermost green and gold band with heavy band of interlace in gold as appears in titlepiece ; arabesque is also nearly identical to that appearing in titlepiece ; text of written area surrounded by frame consisting of a heavy gold band flanked by narrow inner gold band and outer blue fillet ; keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols chrysographed ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs or inverted commas.

Support:

non-European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal or vertical) and occasional single chain lines visible, fairly indistinct, cloudy formation, sturdy and fairly thick, heavily sized and burnished (burnisher's marks visible), cream in color ; leaf carrying 'title page' and incipit page trimmed to leave written area and lower margin and mounted in a leaf cut out to accommodate view of illuminated titlepiece on 'title page' (p.7).

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in burnt red leather with central mandorla in fine leather filigree appliqué over gold leaf (with lapis cloth or paper at center) as well as tooled border ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped mandorla (filled with asymmetrical floral composition), pendants and cornerpieces as well as a tooled chain and fillets border ; design continues on flap ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and lime green, headband in excellent condition (protected by leather spine cap), tailband in fairly good condition with some damage ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, pest damage, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"398 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.4) ; "50" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.7).

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, hand, paper, binding, etc. suggest 15th century .

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on front flyleaf (p.4) "398 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" and 'title page' (p.7) "50" ; on 'title page' (p.7) ownership statement dated 15 Aylūl 1312 [?] [ca. 25 September 1896 ?] "صاحب كتاب مطى بك كفيلى صرف [؟] كوچك مصطفى منارسى [؟] جبايلى مؤذن محمد افندى في ١٥ ايلول سنه ٣١٢" ; traces of an almond-shaped seal impression at close on p.164 ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 295

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

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