Isl. Ms. 617


Matn al-Mughnī,[16th century?].متن المغني,[القرن 16م؟].


Ibn Hishām, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Yūsuf,1309-1360.ابن هشام، عبد الله بن يوسف.

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145 leaves :paper ;270 x 180 (190 x 110) mm.


Fine copy of Ibn Hishām’s (d.761/1360) celebrated treatise on Arabic syntax, arranged by particle.

Other Title(s):

Mughnī al-labīb ʻan kutub al-aʻārībمغني اللبيب عن كتب الاعاريب


Arabic language--Syntax--Early works to 1800.
Arabic language--Grammar--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




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


"ومنه العون والتوفيق اما بعد حمدا لله على افضاله والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا محمد واله فان اولى ما تقترحه القرائح واعلى ما تجنح الى تحصيله الجوانح ما يتيسر به فهم كتاب الله المنزل ويتضح به معنى حديث نبيه المرسل ..."


"وقد مر ذلك ولو ذكرت احرف الجر ودخول بعضها على بعض في معناه لجاء من ذلك امثلة كثيرة"


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Physical Details:

14 V(140), II+1 (145) ; almost exclusively quinions ; leaf now affixed to 'title page' (p.1) and final leaf (p.290, to cover added text) ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 27 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh-nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant hand ; serifless and quite rounded with slight effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated), elongation of horizontal strokes, occasional sweeping descenders.


Keywords, section headings, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas.


non-European (likely Arab) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines (vertical) grouped in threes with 6-9 mm. between chains and 46-55 mm. between groups ; medium cream in color, dense and sturdy, well-burnished to glossy (burnisher's marks visible) ; staining and tidelines ; some repairs.


Pasteboards covered in block-printed paper (resembling marbled [ebru] design in blue and white) with red leather over spine and light brown leather over fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in light orange European laid paper (three hats watemark) ; sewing now gone, though two stations visible ; overall in quite poor condition with upper cover entirely lost and lower cover and envelope flap fully detached, lifting and losses of leather, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From fore edge flap label, "IL 348" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


Lacks dated scribal colophon (though lengthy authorial colophon appears on p.290) ; paper and hand may suggest 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Occasional glosses and marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II 23, no. 2Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,v 655, no. 12496

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Posted by evyn on July 25, 2012
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Yahuda Collection

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