Isl. Ms. 455


al-Jild al-thālith min Kitāb Maʻālim al-tanzīl fī tafsīr al-Qurʼān,[776, i.e. 1374].الجلد الثالث من كتاب معالم التنزيل في تفسير القرآن,[776ه, 1374م].


Baghawī, al-Ḥusayn ibn Masʻūd,d.1117?بغوي، الحسين بن مسعود.

Place/Date of Production:



179 leaves :paper ;242 x 160 (175 x 110) mm.


Third of four volumes of al-Baghawī’s commentary on the Qurʼān, from Sūrat Maryam (19) to Sūrat al-Aḥzāb (33) ; contents listing on opening leaf (p.4).

Other Title(s):

Maʻālim al-tanzīl.jild 3معالم التنزيل.جلد 3Edge title (tail):الثالث من تفسير البغويTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):معالم التنزيل الثالثTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1) and opening leaf with table of contents (p.4):معالم التنزيل


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




Ms. codex.
Title from colophon on p.359.


"كهيعص قرأ ابو عمرو بكسر الهاء وفتح الياء ..."


"وكان الله غفورا رحيما للمؤمنين والمؤمنات والله اعلم بالصواب"


"Scribal," reads "تمت جلد الثالث من كتاب معالم التنزيل في تفسير القرآن من تصنيف الامام الحافظ محيي السنة ركن الاسلام ابي محمد الحسين بن مسعود الفرا البغوي قدس الله روحه ... بحمد الله وحسن افضاله والصلوة والسلام على محمد ... على يد عبد الضعيف المذنب المحتاج الى رحمة الله تعالى نظام بن حويان البيشكيني غفر الله له ولوالديه في شهر المبارك صفر سنه ست وسبمعين وسبعمائة"


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Physical Details:

7 IV (56), 2 IV-1 (70), 13 IV 174), II+1 (179), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present (though often obscured by repairs) ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing (includes flyleaves).


Written in 24 lines per page.


Naskh ; elegant, compact Persianate hand ; mainly serifless (though rightward serif on shaqq of kāf) with slight effect of tilt to the right, especially long and vertical free-standing alifs, contrasting thickness of horizontal strokes, quite rounded with curvilinear descenders (some sweeping), many closed counters, casual pointing mainly in distinct dots, final nūn quite round with dot set down in.


Keywords and vocalization rubricated ; Qurʼānic passages being commented upon overlined in red.


non-European laid paper with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and occasional chain lines visible roughly 20 mm. apart (possibly in large group) ; well-burnished and fairly smooth, dark cream in color, fairly crisp, cloudy formation ; back flyleaves in European laid paper with crown above grapes (raisin) watermark.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather with red leather repairs to spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap, now fully detached) ; doublures (board linings) in an elegant marbled paper (mainly in pink, dark blue, and brown) ; upper and lower covers carry large blind-stamped (with tan leather recessed onlay) mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi 6) with gold-painted accents and tooled pendants (a cluster of rosette stamps), as well as tooled and gold-painted border ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; endbands in light blue and light pink, damaged, exposing brown leather of core ; overall in quite poor condition with spine split through (at p.286), lower cover detached, flap fully detached, some abrasion and lifting and losses of leather, etc. ; housed in box for protection ; repairs in red leather (also damaged).

Accompanying Materials:

Two inventory cataloguing slips in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas.

Former Shelfmarks:

From front flyleaf and spine label, "IL 344a" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip in Isl. Ms. 453).


As appears in colophon on p.359, copied by Niẓām ibn Ḥuwayān [?] al-Bīshkīnī (Pīshkīnī or Bīshgīnī, likely a reference to the Pīshkīnids of Ahar), with transcription completed in Ṣafar 776 [July-August 1374].

Ownership and History:

Two ownership statements on 'title page' (p.5), reading / study notice in name of Abdullatif b. Mehmet ( عبد اللطيف بن محمد ) reads "مما طالعه الفقير عبد اللطيف بن محمد الشهير برضى [؟] زاده جعل العلم ربه زاده تم" and another in name of Ḥājjī Sulaymān al-ʻUmarī ( حاجي سليمان العمري) reads "في ... الفقير الراجي عفو ربه المتعالي [؟] العمري حاجي سليمان امامب المسجد العمري ... حلب" ; book price on 'title page' (p.5) ; marginal glosses and corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Niẓām ibn Ḥuwayān al-Bīshkīnī, fl. 1374, scribe. 05 نظام بن حويان البيشكيني, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 364 no.4 ; S I 620

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Posted by evyn on October 20, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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