Isl. Ms. 978


al-Ghāʼib al-mastūr fī ṭayy al-ḥāḍir al-mashhūd min Ishārāt al-Raʼīs Abī ʻAlī,[193-?].الغائب المستور في طي الحاضر المشهود من اشارات الرئيس ابي علي,[193-م?].


Avicenna,980-1037.ابن سينا.

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39 leaves :paper ;200 x 164 mm. bound to 207 x 172 mm.


Carefuly copy of a selection of extracts from Ibn Sīnā's (d.1037) al-Ishārāt wa-al-tanbīhāt, opening in al-Namaṭ al-rābiʻ and concluding with al-Namaṭ al-sābiʻ.

Other Title(s):

Ishārāt wa-al-tanbīhāt.Selectionsاشارات والتنبيهات.مختاراتTitle from inscription on opening 'title page' (p.1):غائب المفقود في طي الحاضر الشهودTitle from inscription on 'title page' for each section:اشاراتغائب المفقود للاشارات


Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




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


"النمط الرابع في الوجود وعلله انه قد يغلب على اوهام الناس ان الموجود هو المحسوس وان ما لا يناله الحس بجوهره ففرض وجوده محال ..."


"قد عرفت اصناف المقدمات في مواضعها النمط الثامن في البهجة والسعادة"


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Physical Details:

i, 3 V(30), V-1 (39), i ; exclusively quinions ; pages between sections (corresponding to gatherings) left blank, with some serving as section 'title pages' (see pp.21, 41, 61) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 10-12 lines per page.


Ruqʻah ; quick, compact hand in a medium line ; serifless and freely ligatured with effect of inclination to the left and of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing somewhat careless and in strokes rather than distinct dots, final yāʼ usually unpointed ; opening leaves in a more carefully executed naskh with elements of ruqʻah.


Text executed entirely in a pinkish-red ink.


Wove paper.


Boards covered in textured black cloth with black leather over spine (quarter 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 "الغائب المفقود للاشارات" ; sewn in heavy white thread, seemingly over two recessed cords (difficult to examine) ; overall in fairly good condition with minor abrasion at spine and board edges.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 127


Lacks dated scribal 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. 7922" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; a few interlinear and marginal corrections in same red ink ; a few marginal glosses (see p.2 and p.25).

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


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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