Isl. Ms. 615


Kitāb Kifāyat al-mutaḥaffiẓ fī al-lughah,[1008, i.e. 1599].كتاب كفاية المتحفظ في اللغة,[1008ه، 1599م].


Ibn al-Ajdābī, Ibrāhīm ibn Ismāʻīl,d. 1077.ابن الاجدابي، ابراهيم بن اسماعيل.

Place/Date of Production:



28 leaves :paper ;209 x 141 (145 x 63) mm. bound to [204] x 152 mm.


Fine copy of the popular lexicographical compendium by the Arab philologist Ibn al-Ajdābī (Abū Isḥāq Ibrāhīm ibn Ismāʻīl ibn Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Ṭarābulusī, d.before 1203? or 1257?).

Other Title(s):

Kifāyat al-mutaḥaffiẓ wa-nihāyat al-mutalaffiẓ fī al-lughah al-ʻArabīyahكفاية المتحفظ ونهاية المتلفظ في اللغة العربية


Arabic language--Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Lexicography--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.1) and colophon (p.50).


"الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله على محمد خاتم النبيين وعلى اله وصحبه اجمعين هذا كتاب مختصر في اللغة وما يحتاج اليه من غريب الكلام اودعناه كثيرا من الاسماء والصفات وجنبناه وحشي الالفاظ واللغات ..."


"والذبالة الفتيلة وجمعها ذبال وهي الشعيلة ايضا وجمعها شعائل والله اعلم"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تم كتاب كفاية المتحفظ في اللغة في اواخر شهر ربيع الثاني من شهور سنة ثمان بعد الالف من الهجرة النبوية"


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Physical Details:

2 V(20), III (26), I (28) ; two quinions, ternion and single bifolium ; final three leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; angular 'Syrian' or Turkish hand in a narrow line ; virtually serifless with many closed counters, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, rounded, kāf mashqūqah preferred, etc.


Keywords and section headings rubricated.


European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal), anchor in circle with leaf above watermark (see p.2, 40, etc.) and "T B" under trefoil countermark (see p.36, etc.).


Thin boards covered in pieced coated paper (dark pink/mauve and white, mottled with sponge painted or faux marbled look) with dark blue cloth over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted paper ; sewn in light pink thread, two stations ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion ; textblock likely never attached to cover, which is quite ill-fitting and serves as a wrapper.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From lower cover label and spine label, "IL 305" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.50, transcription completed Rabīʻ II 1008 [November 1599].

Ownership and History:

Former owners' marks include two ownership statements and two circular seal impressions on 'title page' (p.1), one statement nearly effaced, the other (dated 1319 [1901 or 2]) in name of Ḥasan ibn [?] Muḥammad al-Rizq Ḥamawī (حسن ابن محمد الرزق حموى ) who purchased the book from al-Shaykh Aḥmad (compare statements in Isl. Ms. 500, 619, and 623) ; ownership statement at close on p.50 in name of al-Sayyid ʻUmar al-Kīlānī (السيد عمر الكيلاني) ; rare marginal correction (see p.28).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Ḥasan al-Rizq, fl. 1896, former owner. 07 حسن الرزق، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 308 ; S I 541

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

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