Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 219

Title:

[Kitāb yashtamilu ʻalá al-Abuqṭī wa-ṭuruqih...etc.,1387, i.e. 1671].[كتاب يشتمل على الابقطي و طرقه ... الخ,1387للشهداء، 1671م].

Author:

Ibn al-ʻAssāl, al-Asʻad Abū al-Faraj Hibat Allāh,d. ca. 1260.ابن العسال, الأسعد أبو الفرج هبة الله.

Place/Date of Production:

[Cairo,1671].

Size:

4, 95, 4 leaves :paper ;299 x 205 (215 x 129) mm. bound to 305 x 225 mm.

Summary:

Clear copy of a work by al-Asʻad Abū al-Faraj Hibat Allāh Ibn al-ʻAssāl addressing the Coptic calendar, dates of holidays and fasts and their calculation, as well as the calendars and holidays of the Jews and Muslims. Opens with an Urjūzah fī maʻrifat al-Abuqṭī wa-ḥisāb al-ṣawm al-muqaddas wa-al-Fiṣḥ wa-al-aʻyād wa-ghayr dhālik (pp.10-16) and continues with a Mukhtaṣar Ḥisāb al-Abuqṭīyāt (pp.17-168). Followed by a work on the signs of the zodiac (abrāj) and their interpretation for fortune or misfortune.

Other Title(s):

Kitāb mubārak yashtamilu ʻalá maʻrifat ṭāliʻ al-sanah al-shamsīyah wa-ikhrāj al-ṭāliʻ fī ayy burj min al-ithná ʻashar burj al-musammá bi-al-Shiʻrah al-Yamānīyah wa-asmāʼ al-ithná ʻashar burj wa-al-saʻd minhum wa-al-naḥsكتاب مبارك يشتمل على معرفة طالع السنة الشمسية واخراج الطالع في اي برج من الاثنى عشر برج المسمى بالشعرة اليمانية واسماء الاثنى عشر برج والسعد منهم والنحس

Subject(s):

Islamic calendar--Early works to 1800.
Jewish calendar--Early works to 1800.
Calendar--Egypt.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Coptic Church--Liturgy--Calendar.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.10.

Incipit:

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Explicit:

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Colophon:

"Scribal," rectangular, reads: "تم كتاب الاقبطي بمعونة الرب جل اسمه على يد اضعف خلق الله داوود بن بقطر بالاسم قسيس [؟] بالقاهرة المحروسة في ثالث عشر من شهر امشير سنة الف وثلاثمائة وسبعة وثمانين للشهداء الابرار يرحمنا الرب بصلواتهم امين في الايام الابوية السيدية البطريوكية المرقصية انبا متاووس الرب يديم ايامه في هدؤ وسلام امين ..."

Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.1-p.8 : [blank].
2. p.9 : [excerpt of a horoscope?].
3. p.10-p.168 : Kitāb yashtamilu ʻalá al-Abuqṭī / al-Asʻad Ibn al-ʻAssāl.
4. p.10-p.16 : Urjūzah fī maʻrifat al-Abuqṭī wa-ḥisāb al-ṣawm al-muqaddas wa-al-Fiṣḥ wa-al-aʻyād wa-ghayr dhālik / al-Asʻad Ibn al-ʻAssāl.
5. p.17-p.168 : Mukhtaṣar Ḥisāb al-Abuqṭīyāt / al-Asʻad Ibn al-ʻAssāl.
6. p.169-185 : Kitāb mubārak yashtamilu ʻalá maʻrifat ṭāliʻ al-sanah al-shamsīyah wa-ikhrāj al-ṭāliʻ fī ayy burj min al-ithná ʻashar burj al-musammá bi-al-Shiʻrah al-Yamānīyah wa-asmāʼ al-ithná ʻashar burj wa-al-saʻd minhum wa-al-naḥs.
7. p.186-p.197 : [assorted excerpts].
8. p.198-p.206 : [blank].

Physical Details:
Collation:

i, 2 II (8), VI (20), VI+1 (33), VI (45), VIII (61), III+1 (68), III (74), V (84), III (90), I+1 (93), III (99), II (103), i ; quiring very difficult to discern ; binion of ruled wove paper added at both the opening and the close of the codex ; several leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Graeco-Coptic numerals, accompanied by foliation in purple ink with corresponding Hindu-Arabic numerals ; foliation in pencil, Hindu-Arabic numerals, in the centr of the upper margin of the recto of each leaf ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes added leaves).

Layout:

Written mainly in 19 lines per page ; mainly single column but text of the urjūzah divided to two columns ; numerous tables ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling-board clearly evident).

Script:

Naskh ; mainly in a large, clear Egyptian hand ; virtually serifless, though right-sloping head-serifs appear on occasional lām and free standing alif ; mainly curvilinear descenders ; open and closed counters ; elongation of horizontal strokes with occasional sweeping tails ; yāʼ of fī mainly mardūdah ; pointing in distinct dots ; sīn marked with ʻalāmat al-ihmāl in the form of a stroke looking like an inverted caret ; section headings in a bold, seriffed naskh ; final work and excerpts in different hands.

Decoration:

Section headings, keywords, abbreviation symbols, and numerals rubricated ; occasional textual dividers in the form of four v-signs forming a cross, three inverted commas, hāʼ surrounded by four dots or four inverted commas, etc. in red and black ; written area of incipit page surrounded by red rule-border ; numerous tables and diagrams (see p.52, p.54, p.121, etc.).

Support:

European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 18 mm. apart (vertical), and crescent above star above crown watermark ; sturdy and well-burnished ; binion of ruled wove paper added at both the front and back of the codex.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in red cloth with red leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Western binding ; flyleaves and pastedowns in European wove paper ; sewn originally in four stations (threads gone), now resown in white thread, ten stations ; overall in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting of spine leather, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Papyrus fragements in folded sheet of bond paper just inside front cover.

Former Shelfmarks:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.168, Kitāb yashtamilu ʻalá al-Abuqṭī wa-ṭuruqih copied by Dāwūd ibn Buqṭur with transcription finished 13 Amshīr 1387 lil-Shuhadāʼ al-Abrār (Era of Martyrs or Era of Diocletian) [February 1671]. A note beside the colophon describes the manuscript exemplar from which this copy was made. As appears on p.185, transcription of Kitāb mubārak yashtamilu ʻalá maʻrifat ṭāliʻ al-sanah al-shamsīyah...etc. completed 2 Ṣafar 1082 [June 1671].

Ownership and History:

Conspicuous lack of dealers marks appearing in other manuscripts of the Abdul Hamid Collection ; oval seal impression in blue ink on 'title page' (p.9) and p.197 ; collation statement indicating the number of leaves in the codex on p.197 "عدد اوراقه ۹۹" ; numerous marginal glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

03--Urjūzah fī maʻrifat al-Abuqṭī wa-ḥisāb al-ṣawm al-muqaddas wa-al-Fiṣḥ wa-al-aʻyād wa-ghayr dhālik
03--ارجوزة في معرفة الابقطي وحساب الصوم المقدس والفصح والاعياد وغير ذلك
04--Mukhtaṣar Ḥisāb al-Abuqṭīyāt
04--مختصر حساب الابقطيات
Kitāb mubārak yashtamilu ʻalá maʻrifat ṭāliʻ al-sanah al-shamsīyah wa-ikhrāj al-ṭāliʻ fī ayy burj min al-ithná ʻashar burj al-musammá bi-al-Shiʻrah al-Yamānīyah wa-asmāʼ al-ithná ʻashar burj wa-al-saʻd minhum wa-al-naḥsكتاب مبارك يشتمل على معرفة طالع السنة الشمسية واخراج الطالع في اي برج من الاثنى عشر برج المسمى بالشعرة اليمانية واسماء الاثنى عشر برج والسعد منهم والنحس

Scribe(s):

07 Dāwūd ibn Buqṭur, fl. 1671, scribe. 07 داوود بن بقطر، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

References:

Atiya, A.S. "Ibn al-ʻAssāl" EI2,vol. III, p.721, col. 2

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

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