Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 591

Title:

Kitāb Akhbār al-duwal wa-āthār al-uwal,[late 17th or early 18th century? and 1222, i.e. 1807 or 1808].كتاب اخبار الدول وآثار الاول,[اواخر القرن 17م او اوائل القرن 18م؟ و 1222ه، 1807 او 1808م].

Author:

Qaramānī, Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf,1532 or 3-1611.قرماني، احمد بن يوسف.

Place/Date of Production:

[1680-1723 and 1807 or 8].

Size:

269 leaves :paper ;278 x 185 (211 x 99 ; 345 x 145) mm.

Summary:

Fine composite copy of the historical work by Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf al-Dimashqī al-Qaramānī (Ahmet Çelebi) based mainly on the Taʼrīkh of al-Jannābī (d.1590). Table of contents on added bifolium at opening of codex.

Other Title(s):

Akhbār al-duwal wa-āthār al-uwalاخبار الدول وآثار الاولEdge title (tail):تاريخ القرماني

Subject(s):

World history--Early works to 1800.
Islam--History--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Jannābī, Muṣṭafá ibn Ḥasan,--1533 or 4-1590 or 91.--Taʼrīkh al-Jannābī.
Islamic Empire--History--Early works to 1800.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. composite codex.
Title from 'title page' (p.5) and opening on p.6.

Incipit:

"الحمد لله عند تصاريف العبر وعند استماع التواريخ والسير ... بعد فلما كان في التواريخ والسير عبرة لمن اعتبر وتنبها لمن افتكر ... رأيت ان اجمع عن نقلة الاخبار وجملة الآثار تلخيص سير الاولين من الانبياء والمرسلين ... واخبرا الامم الماضية والقرون الخالية وما فيه من العجائب وما اودع الله فيها من الغرائب وسميته اخبار الدول و الاثار [اثار] الاول ..."

Explicit:

"حزى الله خير من تأمل تأليفي وقابل بالاغضاء نحوي وتصريفي فما لي شيء غير اني اختصرته ونقل كلام الناس من غير تعسيف"

Colophon:

"Authorial," rectangular, reads "قال المؤلف ايضا كمله مؤلفه ولفقه مصنفه مع تزول البال وتمزع الحال وعامله بما يرتضيه فضلا وجمالا ... بما يفيضه عدلا وجمالا [جلالا] في صبحية نهار السبت مستهل محرم الحرام سنة ثمان بعد الالف من الهجرة النبوية على صاحبها افضل الصلاة واكمل التحية" ; "Scribal," triangular, reads "وكان الفراغ من نسخ هذا الكتاب المستطاب نهار الخميس المبارك ثاني عشري سنة اثنتان وعشرون ومائتان [كذا] والف كمل وختم بالخير المبارك امين"

Dedication:

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Contents:

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Physical Details:
Collation:

I (2), V-4+I (10), 6 V(70), V-1+3 (82), 4 V(122), V-1 (131), V-3 (138), 13 V(268), 1 (269) ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes added leaves).

Layout:

Written in 23-33 lines per page.

Script:

Naskh ; two main Turkish / 'Syrian' hands ; opening hand (mainly through p.356) initially quite small and compact, later (with change in layout to fewer lines per page) larger and more generously spaced, partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on mainly lām and occasional free-standing alif, marked effect of tilt to the left, some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct dots and strokes looking like reversed hamzah (occasionally for three dots) and inverted caret (mainly on qāf), mix of open and closed counters, lām alif wrapping to almost form a closed loop ; second main hand (from p.357 to close) showing influence of ruqʻah, rounded and compact, virtually serifless with only slight tilt to the left, pointing more in strokes, curvilinear descenders, many open counters, final nūn quite round with dot often set deep in the bowl.

Decoration:

Keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas and red discs.

Support:

European laid paper of at least three types ; mainly with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 26-28 mm. apart (vertical), crown-star-crescent watermark (60 mm. tall, see p. 32, 50, etc.) and three crescents watermark (perpendicular to chains, 72 mm. long, see p.148, 150, etc.) ; opening bifolium carrying table of contents with 6 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 27-29 mm. apart (vertical), and crown-star-crescent watermark (75 mm. tall) ; replacements from p.357 to close on European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 30 mm. apart (vertical), letters arranged in a triangle "G G M" [?] , heavy and sturdy, scarcely burnished if at all ; quite soiled and stained.

Binding:

Cover entirely lost ; now resewn in blue thread, two stations (when later replacements added) ; leather core of tailband remains ; overall in poor condition with covers lost, tears, abrasion, staining and moisture damage to textblock, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

Acquisition slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From inscription on acquisitions slip, "IL 8" (likely supplied by Yahuda).

Origin:

As appears in scribal colophon on p.538, transcription of added replacement section (p.357 to close) completed 1222 [1807 or 8]. As appears in preceding authorial colophon (also on p.538), composition completed 1 Muḥarram 1008 [July 1599]. Paper, hand, etc. suggest that bulk of codex (opening to p.356) copied in the late 17th or early 18th century. Ownership / purchase statement provides a terminus ante quem of 1723.

Ownership and History:

Several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.5) including gift / presentation statement in name of al-Sayyid Hibat Allāh (Seyit Hibetullah ; السيد هبة الله ), mufti in Ṭarābulus al-Shām (Tripoli), who bestowed the book on al-Sayyid Sulaymān Afandī (Süleyman Efendi ; السيد سليمان افندى ), statement reads "هذا الكتاب هبة شرعية من الفقير السيد هبة الله المفتي بطرابلس الشام لمولانا السيد سليمان افندي دام في حراسة المعيد المبدي آمين" and an ownership / purchase statement dated 1135 [1722 or 3] in name of Muḥammad ibn Muṣṭafá Shuʻayb al-Ḥanafī al-Shādhilī (Mehmet bin Mustafa Şuayip), statement reads "دخل هذا الكتاب ... بالبيع الى العبد الفقير راجي لطف عالم الغيب محمد ابن مصطفى شعيب مذهبا حنفي الشاذلي طريقة عفي الله عنه وعن اخوانه آمين" م سنة ۱۱۳٥" ; glosses and marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

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Former Owner(s):

05 Muḥammad ibn Muṣṭafá Shuʻayb, fl. 1722, former owner. 05 محمد بن مصطفى شعيب، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 301Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,i 186

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Posted by evyn on October 27, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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