Isl. Ms. 1005


Kitāb Takhmīs al-Witrīyah,[early to mid 18th century?].كتاب تخميس الوترية,[اوائل الى اواسط القرن 18م؟].


Warrāq, Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz,d. 1281.وراق، محمد بن عبد العزيز.

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51 leaves :paper ;199 x 148 (150 x 110) mm. bound to 220 x 144 mm.


Careful though incomplete copy of the takhmīs, presumably by Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-ʻAzīz al-Warrāq al-Lakhmī al-Qurṭubī al-Iskandarānī (d.1281) upon Muḥammad ibn Rashīd al-Wāʻiẓ al-Baghdādī al-Witrī's (d.1264) al-Qaṣāʼid al-Witrīyah or Bustān al-ʻārifīn fī maʻrifat al-dunyā wa-al-dīn, ending in Ḥarf al-fāʼ. Prose preface has been added on the verso of the added 'title page' (p.2).

Other Title(s):

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Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Witrī, Muḥammad ibn Rashīd,--d. 1263 or 4.--Qaṣāʼd al-Witrīyah.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Poetry.




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


"حرف الالف بدأت بذكر الله مدحا مقدما وأثني بحمد الله شكرا معظما واختم قولي بالصلاة وانما اصلي صلاة تملا الارض والسماء على من له اعلى العلا متبوا ..."


"اذا جئت بالمرضي من عند ربنا ..."


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Physical Details:

V+1 (11), 4 V(51) ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; quire numbering in red ink in the form of whole words with catch title accompanied by Hindu-Arabic numberal on the recto of the opening leaf of each quire (e.g. "الثالث من الوترية ٣" ) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 17 lines per page with the three hemistichs of the takhmīs preceding each bayt of the qaṣīdah ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board evident).


Naskh ; compact, slightly awkward Egyptian [?] hand in a medium to bold line ; partially but irregularly seriffed with occasional tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, pointing mainly in distinct dots though three dots represented by curved stroke looking like inverted comma, alif maqṣūrah often pointed as yāʼ ; extensively vocalized.


Some keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas.


European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-32 mm. apart (horizontal), three crescents / tre lune watermark (86 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see pp.12, 30, 32, 86, etc.) and countermark "A 3" / "A Z" under trefoil (see pp.90, 93, etc.), sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in block-printed paper (mauve / dark pink with repeating three-lobed motifs and dots in black, triangles constituting interstices between repeating circular fields in mint green) with tan leather over spine ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in dark blue / indigo laid paper ; ill-fitting and unattached to text block, essentially recycled cover serving as wrapper ; text block once sewn in cream thread, now failed with threads remaining only inside some gatherings ; traces of endband primaries in blue and cream ; overall in somewhat poor condition with wrapper ill-fitting, abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather and paper, minor pest damage, etc. ; housed in carboard portfolio for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 154


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest early to mid 18th century (compare similar watermarks / countermarks in Velkov and Andreev, Filigranes dans les documents ottomans. I Trois croissants, p.62).

Ownership and History:

On upper board lining, label with ex libris of James Heyworth-Dunne (d.1974), stamped with inventory number, "Ex Libris | J. Heyworth-Dunne | D. Lit. (London) | No. 9155" ; UM Library inscription on p.3 "Dunning | Heyworth-Dunne | 6-13-51 | 71955" ; occasional glosses.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Heyworth-Dunne Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 250 ; S I 443-4Velkov, Asparoukh and Stephane Andreev. Filigranes dans les documents ottomans. I Trois croissants [= Водни знаци в Османотурските документи. I Три луни]. Sofia: Bibliotheque Nationale "Cyrille et Methode" Comission Archeographique Bulgare Section Orientale, 1983.

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Posted by evyn on December 7, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Heyworth-Dunne Collection

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