Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 916

Title:

[Mukhtārāt min al-Ṭabīʻīyāt ... etc.,193-?].[مختارات من الطبيعيات ... الخ,193-م؟].

Author:

Avicenna,980-1037.ابن سينا

Place/Date of Production:

[193-?].

Size:

240 leaves :paper ;310 x 210 mm. bound to 321 x 222 mm.

Summary:

Careful copy of assorted excerpts from al-Ṭabīʻīyāt, the section on natural sciences from Ibn Sīnā's Kitāb al-Shifāʼ, opening with excerpts from Kitāb al-Nafs (fann 6), al-Nabāt (fann 7), al-Ḥayawān (fann 8), al-Samāʻ wa al-ʻālam (fann 2), and al-Kawn wa-al-fasād (fann 3) and bound together with what appears to be a work on ʻilm al-kalām, as well as a working draft of an anonymous treatise on modern philosophy, addressing Hegel, etc., the opening page of which appears to have been mistakenly bound into Isl. Ms. 913 (see p.3 of that volume).

Other Title(s):

Ṭabīʻīyāt.Selectionsطبيعيات.مختاراتTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):بقاء النفس لابي علي بن سينابقاء النفس

Subject(s):

Soul--Early works to 1800.
Psychology--Early works to 1850.
Biology--Early works to 1800.
Islamic cosmology--Early works to 1800.
Botany--Early works to 1800.
Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Philosophy, Modern.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Arabic.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from rubricated heading at opening on p.2.


1
Incipit:

"قد استوفينا الكلام في الفن الاول على الامور العامة في الطبيعيات ثم تلوناه بالفن الثاني في الأجرام السماوية والعالم والصور والحركات الأولى في عالم الطبيعية وحققنا أحوال الأجسام التي تفسد والتي لا تفسد ثم تلوناه بالكلام على الكون والفساد وأسطقساته ثم تلوناه بالكلام على أفعال الكيفيات الأولى وانفعالاتها والأمزجة المتولدة عنها وبقى علينا ان نتكلم على امور الكائنة ..."

Explicit:

"ذلك الصفيع الذي كان هو القدح المعلي في خلال وغضون النصف الاخير من القرن التاسع عشر تم الكتاب"

Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.2 : [excerpt from Kitāb al-Nafs] / Ibn Sīnā.
2. p.3-p.14 : [excerpt from al-Nabāt] / Ibn Sīnā.
3. p.15 : [excerpt from] al-Fann al-thāmin fī al-Ḥayawān min jumlat al-Ṭabīʻīyāt / Ibn Sīnā.
4. p.16 : [blank].
5. p.17-p.18 : [excerpt from Kitāb al-Nafs] / Ibn Sīnā.
6.19-p.178 : [excerpt from what appears to be a work on ʻilm al-kalām, opening in the second chapter and continuing with al-Iʻrāḍ, al-Jawāhir, al-Ilāhīyāt, and al-Samʻīyāt and concluding with a preface for the excerpt, followed by the introduction and first chapter, al-Umūr al-ʻāmmah].
7. p.179-p.230 : al-Fann al-thānī min Ṭabīʻīyāt al-Shifāʼ fī al-Samāʻ wa al-ʻālam / Ibn Sīnā.
8. p.231 : [title page for al-Nabāt].
9. p.232 : [blank].
10. p.233-234 : [excerpt from al-Kawn wa-al-fasād] / Ibn Sīnā.
11. 2. p.235-p.236 : [blank].
12. 3. p.237-p.477 : Madkhal al-falsafah al-ḥadīthah.

Physical Details:
Collation:

In section carrying Kitāb al-Samāʻ wa al-ʻālam, pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (appearing on every other page) and one quire numbered (see p.219) ; in section carrying draft treatise on modern philosophy, (p.237 to close) verso of each leaf left blank and foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly repeats p.291 two additional times).

Layout:

Written mainly in 25 lines per page.

Script:

Ruqʻah ; two or three compact hands ; opening hand (also supplying a few other sections) quite neat and carefully executed in a bold line, serifless and freely ligatured with mainly closed counters, strong horizontal character adhering consistently to the baseline, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots ; section headings in naskh or tawqīʻ ; from p.19 to p.178, a quick hand in a medium line with slight effect of inclination to the right ; from p.179 to close, hand similar to the opening hand but in a much thinner line.

Decoration:

Section headings and keywords rubricated or in purple ink (multiple shades of red also used).

Support:

Lined / ruled wove paper of at least two different types.

Binding:

Boards covered in dark green cloth with dark green leather over spine (quarter binding) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in wove paper printed with a floral vegetal pattern in green ; spine gold-stamped with title and decorative accents over raised bands "بقاء النفس ابن سمنا [كذا]| J.H.D." ; sewing difficult to examine, but appears to be over three recessed cords ; stuck-on endbands (blue and white stripe) ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 65

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; likely copied in Egypt in the late 1930s and bound for James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974).

Ownership and History:

On upper pastedown label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory number, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No 7957" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; possible former inventory mark in pencil on verso of final leaf (p.478) "231 / 53" ; marginal glosses ; interlinear corrections (in lavender pencil, mainly in draft work from p.237 to close).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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

Scribe(s):

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

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.

References:

Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 452 ff. ; S I 816

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

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Abdellatif on paragraph 11:

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم كتاب النفس الفن السادس من الطبيعيات قد استوفينا الكلام في الفن الأول على الأمور العامة في الطبيعيات تم تلوناه بالفن الثاني في الأجرام السماوية والعالم والصور والحركات الأولى في عالم الطبيعية وحققنا أحوال الأجسام التي تفسد والتي لا تفسد ثم تلوناه بالكلام على الكون والفساد وأسطقساته ثم تلوناه بالكلام على أفعال الكيفيات الأولى وانفعالاتها والأمزجة المتولدة عنها…

September 25, 2011 7:38 pm

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