Isl. Ms. 947


Sharḥ Qaṣīdat al-Ḥarīrī,[1271, i.e. 1854].شرح قصيدة الحريري,[1271ه, 1854م].



Place/Date of Production:



62 leaves :paper ;211 x 145 (160 x 85) mm. bound to 219 x 150 mm.


Fine copy of al-Ḥarīrī’s (d.516/1122) didactic urjūzah on grammar, Mulḥat al-iʻrāb, accompanied by commentary.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on verso of front flyleaf:ملحة الاعرابTitle from colophon on p.122:ملحة وشرحهاقصيدة الحريرى ملحة الاعراب


Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Ḥarīrī,--1054-1122.--Mulḥat al-iʻrāb.




Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' / opening leaf (p.1).


"قال الشيخ الامام العالم العلامة ... ابو محمد القاسم بن علي الحريري ... اقول من بعد افتتاح القول بحمد ذي الطول شديد الحول ... الحد ما يمنع الشيء المحدود من الخروج عما حد به ويمنع غيره من الدخول فيه ومنه اشتقاق حدود الدار والحد في اللغة هو المنع ومنه سمي البواب حدادا لانه يمنعه الطارق من الدخول ..."


"ثم الصلاة بعد حمد الصمد على النبي المصطفى محمد واله وصحبه الاخيار على روام الليل والنهار واله الأئمة الاخيار القانتين في الدجا الابرار"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تمت الملحة وشرحها نهار الجمعة المبارك لتسعة عشر يوما مضين من صفر سنة الف ومائتين واحدى وسبعين على يد الفقير الى الله سبحانه احمد بن الشيخ محمد الطيب غفر الله له ولوالديه ولمشايخه وللمسلمين اجمعين امين م"


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Physical Details:

i, 5 V(50), VI (62), i ; exclusively quinions with final senion ; quire numbering in the form of Hindu-Arabic numerals under letter kāf in upper margin of recto of opening leaf of each quire ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals (supplied during digitization).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh-nastaʻlīq (talik) ; clear, compact Turkish hand in a medium to bold line ; characteristically serifless with marked inclination to the right, mainly closed counters, some elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ often unpointed.


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


European laid paper of several types (all extremely well-burnished) ; opening type with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of scrollwork / arms consisting of two-headed eagle with crown above, star and trefoil at center, and "G. C. C." below (see p.2, 10, 12, etc.), dark cream to beige in color, well-burnished to glossy ; another type with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of "GIOR MAGNANI" under scrollwork / arms with bird above tower (see p.22, 24, 30, 32, etc. and compare Heawood 3748 and Walz, "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan," p.88), medium cream in color, well-burnished to glossy ; another type with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of "G M" under scrollwork (see p.50, etc.), dark cream to beige in color, well-burnished to glossy ; some staining, creases and tears.


Boards covered in textured black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in pink and green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "قصيدة الحريري ملحة الاعراب" ; sewn in white thread over two recessed cords ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion and staining.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 96


As appears in colophon on p.122, copied by Aḥmad ibn al-Shaykh Muḥammad al-Ṭayyib with transcription completed 19 Ṣafar 1271 [ca. 11 November 1854].

Ownership and History:

On upper pastedown label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory numbers, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No.7776" ; UM Library inscription on p.5 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; glosses and marginal corrections (often with signes de renvoi and marked marked "صح" ).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Ṭayyib, fl. 1854, scribe. 05 احمد بن محمد الطيب، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 277 (VII.) ; S I 488Walz, Terence. "The Paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The Trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011):73-108.Heawood, Edward. Watermarks mainly of the 17th and 18th centuries. Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae, vol. I Hilversum: The Paper Publications Society, 1950.

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

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