Isl. Ms. 863


al-Maqāmāt,[863, i.e. 1459].المقامات,[863ه, 1459م].



Place/Date of Production:



237 leaves :paper ;265 x 185 (183 x 108) mm.


Elegant copy of al-Ḥarīrī’s (d.1122) celebrated Maqāmāt or Sessions modeled after those of al-Hamadhānī (d.1008).

Other Title(s):

MaqāmātمقاماتEdge title (tail):مقامات الحريريTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):هذا كتاب مقامات حريريHāẕā Kitāb-i Maqāmāt-i Ḥarīrī


Arabic prose literature--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title from close on p.473.


"اللهم انا نحمدك على ما علمت من البيان والهمت من التبيان كما نحمدك على ما [اسبغت] من العطا واسبلت من الغطاء ..."


"ويخطي بالعفو انه هو اهل التقوى واهل المغفرة وولي الخيرات في الدنيا والاخرة تمت المقامات بحمد الله ومنه وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله ورضي الله عن كل الصحابة اجمعين"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "قد وقع الفراغ من تحرير هذه النسخة الشريفة اللطيفة على يد العبد الفقير الراجي لطف ربه الخفي امين الدين محمد السمرقندي الحنفي في يوم الاحد الاول من شهر شعبان عامة ثلاث وستين وثمانمائة"


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Physical Details:

V+1 (11), V (21), VI (33), V+1 (44), V-1 (53), 11 V(163), IV (171), 4 V(211), V-2 (219), 2 V-1(237), i ; chiefly quinions ; leaves left partially blank at opening of virtually each maqāmah ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes back flyleaf).


Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on occasional lām, even free-standing alif, slight effect of tilt to the left, elongation of horizontal strokes, curvilinear descenders, mainly open counters, pointing in distinct dots, kāf mashkūlah (mashqūqah) preferred with shaqq even on final kāf, final yāʼ usually unpointed.


Section headings and many glosses rubricated, a few in now light brown ink (see p.27, etc.) ; written area of incipit page surrounded by double rule-border (in black ink), elsewhere written area surrounded by red rule-border.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines grouped in threes with 11-12 mm. between chains and roughly 44 mm. between groups (see p.182, etc.), thick and sturdy, medium cream in color, well-burnished ; replacement leaves carrying pp.19-22 in European laid paper with bull's head watermark (with snake on cross pole above) ; back flyleaf in European laid paper with hand (six petalled flower above) watermark ; some pest damage ; repairs.


Pasteboards covered in a dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings in untinted paper ; upper and lower covers carry four-lobed or petalled central ornament built up of a repeated stamp, as well as elegant blind-tooled borders in a series of square stamps filled with vegetal interlace designs defined by blind rules ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; endbands damaged with significant losses at head and tail though traces of blue thread, core of headband, and primaries remain (clearly stitched through textile spine lining) ; overall in poor condition with flap lost, much abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, pest damage, etc. ; recycled paper (manuscript 'waste') used in pasteboards ; repair to spine (rebacked) in dark brown leather, also damaged ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Strip of paper with "#7" in red pencil -- b. Recycled catalog card with note in pencil "early ms. worth investigating" -- c. Slip of paper with notes in handwriting of E. M. Hussleman "Ḳasīm ibn ʻAlī, Abu Muḥammad, called al-Harīrī. Maḳāmāt. Copied A.H. 863 = AD1458 | cf. Mich. MS. Isl. 3rd lot numbered 148 | 237 ff 472 pp.-- d. Slip of ledger paper with notes in French giving inventory number "Livre no 2" and characterizing contents (title, author, copyist, date of transcription, script, dimensions, and extent), on reverse a few words in crude Arabic -- e. Slip of paper with inscription in ink "Counted for 1968/69 Annual Report" -- f. Slip of paper with inscription in ink "Persian MSS (Heyworth-Dunne?) Husselman notes" -- g. Page with list of titles torn from a seller's catalogue (Librairie Maisonneuve Frères, éditeurs | 3, rue du Sabot, Paris VIe) inscribed "May 1930" and entry for this manuscript "324. HARIRI (Aboû Mohammed al-Gâsim ibn Ali al-Hariri). Les Maqâmât, ou les différentes formes du style arabe. In-4 rel. 350 fr. Manuscrit d'une magnifique calligraphie persane. Copié par Amin ed Din el Molla Samarkandi, le dimanche 1er Chaâkan 863 de l'Hégire (1458 J.-Ch.) et exécuté probablement en Perse. - Hauteur, 26 cm. 1/2; largeur, 18 cm. - 238 ff. - Tache d'eau et la reliure est détériorée."

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 12 ; "No. 3" from upper cover label.


As appears in colophon on p.474, copied by Amīn al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Samarqandī al-Ḥanafī with transcription completed 1 Shaʻbān 863 [ca. 3 June 1459].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in ink "Les Makamat de Hariri | Manuscript copié en 863 del'hegire par un nommé Amin ed Din el Molla Samarkandi, probablement en Perse" and in pencil "3644 Rare tres belle calligraph" on slip affixed to upper board lining ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) in name of İbrahim b. Hacı Mehmet Çaviş ( Ibrāhīm ibn Ḥājj Muḥammad Chāvīsh / ابراهيم بن حاج محمد چاويش ) of Antakya (Antioch) with book price / value ; in outer margin of p.219, ownership statement (with price 3 ghurūsh) in name of Muṣṭafá al-Wazīrī al-Qaṭāmī [?] (مصطفى الوزيري القطامي [?]), statement reads "وقد دخل في ملك الحاج مصطفى الوزيري القطامي [؟] ... عفي الله عنه وعن كل المسلمين الثمن ٣ غروش" ; study / reading notice at close on p.474 in name of one Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Ḥanafī [?] ( محمد بن احمد بن محمد الحنفى ) ; on back flyleaf (p.476) listing of titles and borrowing / lending notice dated 1 Rabīʻ I 965 [ca. 22 December 1557] in name of al-Ḥājj Maḥmūd ibn Ṭallāʻ ( الحاج محمود بن طلاع ) who borrowed the items apparently for a period of three years ; numerous interlinear and marginal glosses (some rubricated) ; many marginal corrections ; occasional notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Amīn al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Samarqandī, fl. 1459, scribe. 05 امين الدين محمد السمرقندى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 276Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,vi 57-8

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Posted by evyn on June 1, 2012
Tags: Arabic MSS, F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued

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