Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 256

Title:

[Wasāʼil al-sāʼil maʻa Risālah fī inshāʼ al-shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājī,1132, i.e. 1719].[وسائل السائل مع رسالة في انشاء الشيخ شمس الدين النواجي،1132ه, 1719م].

Author:

Badr al-Dīn al-Dhahabī.بدر الدين الذهبي.

Place/Date of Production:

[1719].

Size:

149 leaves :paper ;200 x 150 mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of Wasāʼil al-sāʼil a collection of poems and prose attributed to Badr al-Dīn al-Dhahabī [?], compiled on the order of al-Mawlá Muḥammad Zayn al-ʻĀbidīn. Followed by a selection of essays by Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan al-Nawājī (d.1455) for which he obtained an ijāzah in ʻilm al-kitābah from Zayn al-Dīn ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn al-Ṣāʼigh al-Mukattib (d.1441 or 2) (see statement at opening on p.302).

Other Title(s):

Risālah fī inshāʼ al-Shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājīرسالة في انشاء الشيخ شمس الدين النواجي

Subject(s):

Arabic prose literature--1258-1800.
Arabic poetry--1258-1800.
Arabic language--Style--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Genre:

Headpieces (layout features)18th century.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from 'title page' (p.5).

Incipit:

[Wasāʼil al-sāʼil] "حمدا لمن اطلع ثمار الادب على افنان الالسنة العربية ... وبعد فان مما يشفي القريحة الجريحة ... اعمال البدائية في انواع المحاضرات ... الاستاذ الاعظم والملاذ المعظم المولى محمد زين العابدين ... امرني وله الفضل ان اجمع له من ذلك ما هو حسب الامكان من الوجدان فاجبته قائما على قدم الطاعة ... سميتها وسائل السائل ورتبها على حروف المعجم وعلى الله القبول ..." ; [Nubdhah min inshāʼ al-Shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājī] "الحمد لله الذي فضل صناعة الكتابة وزاد اهلها شرفا وزينا ... وبعد فاعلم الكتابة علم شريف وفن لطيف لا يألفها الا صاحب ذوق سليم ولا يأنفه الا طبع غير مستقيم

Explicit:

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Colophon:

[Wasāʼil al-sāʼil] "Scribal," triangular, reads: "وهذا اخر ما وجدناه مكتتبا من كلام هذا الامام روح الله سبحانه وتعالى روحه وجعل من الرحيق المختوم غبوقه وصبوحه بمنه وكرمه وكان الفراغ من رقمه وقت العصر من يوم الاثنين المبارك ثاني عشري محرم الحرام افتتاح عام اثنين وثلاثين بعد مائة والف احسن الله سبحانه وتعالى ختامها آمين ونقل جميعه من خط الناظم رحمه الله تعالى وصلى الله على خير خلقه محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم" ; [Nubdhah min inshāʼ al-Shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājī] "Scribal," triangular, reads: "وهذا اخر ما يسر الله كتابته من كلام هذا الامام عليه رحمة الملك العلام وكان الفراغ من كتابته في اليوم الثامن والعشرين من شهر محرم الحرام افتتاح عام اثنين وثلاثين بعد مائة والف خلت من الهجرة النبوية على مشرفها افضل الصلاة وازكى التحية وعلى آله وصحبه ذوي الرتب العلية"

Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.1-p.4 : [blank].
2. p.5-p.271 : Wasāʼil al-sāʼil / Badr al-Dīn al-Dhahabī [?].
3. p.272-p.301 : Nubdhah min inshāʼ al-shaykh al-imām al-ʻallāmah Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājī.
4. p.302-p.306 : [blank].

Physical Details:
Collation:

ii, 4 V(40), IV (48), II (52), 2 IV(68), 3 V(98), III (104), V (114), 3 IV(138), V+1 (149), ii ; quinions and quaternions ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).

Layout:

Written mainly in 23 lines per page with written area often divided to two columns to set off poetry ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Naskh ; clear Egyptian, 'Syrian,' or Turkish hand ; extensively but somewhat inconsistently seriffed with right-sloping head-serif on ascenders of alif (even freestanding), lām, ṭāʼ and ẓāʼ ; some elongation of horizontal strokes ; pointing for two and three dots in lines, with three dots represented by a curved mark resembling the letter dāl ; mainly curvilinear descenders ; freely ligatured.

Decoration:

Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening of Wasāʼil al-sāʼil on p.6, partially damaged and restored, consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) filled with swirling vegetal decoration, mainly in red and gold ; Section headings and keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by frame consisting of gold band with red and black rules ; written area in bulk of text surrounded by red-rule border.

Support:

European laid paper with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 23 mm. apart (horizontal) and no watermarks visible though perhaps cut off or otherwise obscured ; creamy and well-burnished ; some ink burn to breakthrough ; repairs in European wove paper.

Binding:

Pasteboards (thin, semi-limp) faced in dark red leather with dark brown leather now over spine and edges / turn-ins (possibly a repair) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in bright magenta coated paper ; upper and lower covers carry central blind-stamped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition) and flanking rosettes (typically seen on envelope flap compositions), along with constellations of tooled rosette accents and border in a series of s-shaped stamps and outermost gold fillets (over edging) ; sewn in golden yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in golden yellow and red, good condition ; overall in good condition with minor abrasion and staining.

Former Shelfmarks:

"252 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) ; "126" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.5).

Origin:

As appears in colophon on p.271, Wasāʼil al-sāʼil copied from an exemplar in the hand of the author with transcription completed ("wa-kāna al-farāgh min raqmih...") 22 Muḥarram 1132 [ca. 5 December 1719]. As appears in colophon on p.301, transcription of Nubdhah min inshāʼ al-shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājī completed 28 Muḥarram 1132 [ca. 11 December 1719].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) "252 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" and 'title page' (p.5) "126 " ; occasional marginal corrections ; ownership statement in margin of p.105 in name of Darwīsh Ṭāhir ibn ʻAbd al-Raḥīm Ṭāhir al-Makkī ("درويش طاهر ابن المرحوم عبد الرحيم طاهر ... المكي ") dated Muḥarram 1256 [March-April 1840] ; another former owner or reader's note in margin of p.213.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Nawājī, Muḥammad ibn Ḥasan,--1386-1455.--Works.--Selections.
04--نواجي، محمد بن حسن.--اعمال.--مختارات.
Risālah fī inshāʼ al-Shaykh Shams al-Dīn al-Nawājīرسالة في انشاء الشيخ شمس الدين النواجي

Scribe(s):

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

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 56.

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Posted by evyn on November 30, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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