Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 158
Origin: As appears in colophon on p.52, al-Arbaʻūn al-Nawawīyah copied in the Aḥmadīyah madrasah with transcription finished in Ramaḍān 1121 [?] [November 1709?]. As appears in colophon on p.93, Sharḥ Īsāghūjī copied by Ismāʻīl ibn Zunayl [?] with no mention of date of transcription. As appears in colophon on p.136, transcription of al-Iʻrāb ʻan qawāʻid al-iʻrāb completed in the year 1096 [1684 or 5]. As appears in colophon on p.231, al-Ḥamdīyah copied by ʻUmar ibn Ḥusayn with transcription completed in the year 1085 [1674 or 5]. As appears in colophon on p.324, final work also copied by ʻUmar ibn Ḥusayn al-Zamwānī [?] with transcription completed in the year 1084 [1673 or 4].
Accompanying materials: Scrap with notes (paginated pp.55-56).
Former shelfmark: British Museum, London "No. 104. Tracts on grammar, etc."
Binding: Pasteboards covered in marbled paper (in dark blue, light pink, white) with dark red leather over spine, foreedge flap and edges/turn-ins ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in laid paper ; sewn in bright blue (cyan), yellow, and lime green thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in light blue and cream, in fair condition ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion, some lifting of paper and leather, etc.
Support: European laid paper of several types ; opening work supplied on a European paper with 12-13 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22 mm. apart (horizontal), watermark in crown with studded pendant, thin though sturdy, and burnished ; second and third works supplied on a European paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (horizontal), crown star crescent watermark (compare Heawood 1132), well-burnished, thick and sturdy ; next work and excerpts supplied on a European paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), scrollwork/coat of arms watermark, extremely smooth and well-burnished (to glossy) ; final work on a European paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 33 mm. apart (horizontal), coat of arms watermark with lions flanking cross in shield above two circles ('AS' in upper circle), thin, smooth and well-burnished.
Decoration: Keywords, section headings, and abbreviations symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; overlining in red.
Script: Naskh and naskh-nastaʻlīq ; several hands ; opening work in an elegant naskh with subtle head serifs on occasional initial lām and freestanding alif, tilt to the left, mainly open counters, mainly curvilinear descenders, final hāʼ or tāʼ marbūtah assimilated with preceding rāʼ or dāl, fully vocalized ; al-Iʻrāb in fine naskh-nastaʻlīq [closer to nastaʻlīq] virtually serifless with mainly closed counters, effect of words descending to baseline (occasionally more exaggerated), letterforms characteristic of nastaʻlīq ; following works in fine naskh similar to opening hand though virtually serifless with tilt to the left, mainly closed counters, many curvilinear descenders, pointing in distinct dots.
Layout: Written in 11, 15 and 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.
Collation: 2 V (20), III (26), 3 V(56), V+1 (67), V (77), V+1 (88), 3 V(118), V+1 (129), 2 V(149), I (151), V (161), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes insert and back flyleaf).
Title supplied by cataloguer.
Ms. composite codex.
10. p.325-p.326 : [excerpts and calligraphic excercises].
9. p.242-p.324 : [Sharḥ al-Bināʼ ?].
8. p.232-p.241 : [mainly blank with a few excerpts].
7. p.140-p.231 : [al-Ḥamdīyah : Ḥāshiyah ʻalá Sharḥ dībājat al-Miṣbāḥ] / Aḥmad ibn ʻImād.
6. p.137-p.139 : [blank].
5. p.96-p.136 : al-Iʻrāb ʻan qawāʻid al-iʻrāb / Ibn Hishām.
4. p.94-p.95 : [mainly blank with a few prayers, excerpts, etc.].
3. p.54-p.93 : [Sharḥ Īsāghūjī] / Ḥusām al-Dīn Kātī.
2. p.53 : [blank].
1. p.2-p.52 : [al-Arbaʻūn al-Nawawīyah] / al-Nawawī.
Fine composite collection (majmūʻah / mecmua) of works on hadith, logic, grammar, etc.