Isl. Ms. 951


Hādhā Mughnī al-labīb,[1271, i.e. 1855].هذا مغني اللبيب,[1271ه، 1855م].


Ibn Hishām, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Yūsuf,1309-1360.ابن هشام, عبد الله بن يوسف.

Place/Date of Production:



274 leaves :paper ;192 x 145 (150 x 65) mm. bound to 205 x 152 mm.


Fine copy of Ibn Hishām’s (d.761/1360) celebrated treatise on Arabic syntax, arranged by particle.

Other Title(s):

Mughnī al-labībمغني اللبيبEdge title (tail):مغنى اللبيب


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




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


اما بعد حمدا لله تعالى على افضاله والصلوة ... فان اولى ما تقترحه القرائح واعلى ما تجنح الى تحصيله الجوانح [ما يتيسر] به فهم كتاب الله المنزل ويتضح به معنى حديث [نبيه المرسل] ..."


"وقد مر ذلك ولو ذكرت احرف الجر ودخول بعضها على بعض لجاء من ذلك امثلة كثيرة وهذا اخر ما تيسر ايراده في هذا التعليق اسأل الله الذي من علي بانشائه واتمامه ... ان يحرم وجهي النار ... انه حكيم كريم رؤوف رحيم"


"Scribal," reads "وقد وقع الفراغ من تحريره يوم الاثنين [؟] من جمادى الاخر سنة الف ومائة واثنين وستين بعون الله ومنه تم بقلم الفقير اليه سبحانه السيد عوض الرشيدي في جمادى الثانية سنة الف ومائتين وواحد وسبعين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد وعلى اله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثيرا الى يوم الدين م"


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Physical Details:

ii, 27 V(270), II (274), v (ternion with final leaf pasted down) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and mistakenly skips two pages between pp.435-436).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; compact Turkish hand in a medium line ; serifless with effect of inclination to the right, slight effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated), some elongation of horizontal strokes and sweeping descenders, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


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


Machine wove paper, dark cream to beige in color, well-burnished ; some offset of ink and blocking, staining, and pest damage ; flyleaves and pastedowns in European laid paper with three crescents (tre lune) watermark.


Boards (ill-trimmed and possibly recycled, see upper board under board lining stamped with "423 CLOCHETTE 2M" and star in circle below) covered in a floral-print textile (cretonne) ; Type III binding (without flap), tight back though with squares rather than boards cut flush with text block ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted European laid paper with three crescents (tre lune) watermark ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and pink ; overall in fair condition with some staining and abrasion, detaching at spine, etc. ; likely not original, traces of earlier spine lining (through which primaries have been sewn) visible.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 100


As appears in colophon on p.550, copied by al-Sayyid ʻIwaḍ al-Rashīdī (İvaz Reşidî) with transcription apparently completed Jumādá II 1271 [February-March 1855].

Ownership and History:

On opening leaf (p.3), label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory numbers, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No.7780" ; collation statement on 'title page' (p.5) reads "عدد كراريسه ٢٧" ; UM Library inscription on p.7 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections ; notabilia (side-heads), some rubricated.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 ʻIwaḍ al-Rashīdī, fl. 1855, scribe. 05 عوض الرشيدي، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Heyworth-Dunne, J. (James), former owner.

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


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Posted by evyn on December 1, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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