Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 235
Origin: As appears in colophon, executed by one Ḥamdī [Hamdî] with possible date or number for this piece.
Former shelfmark: "567 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.
Binding: Pasteboards covered in golden olive-tinted and gold-flecked paper with black leather over board edges/turn-ins (leather edged / framed binding) ; board linings in yellow-tinted paper ; upper and lower covers carry gold-tooled and gold-painted rosettes and guilloché roll border ; panels hinged together with dark brown to black leather ; in fair condition with some abrasion and lifting of leather at board edges and joints/hinges (some split).
Support: Well-burnished European laid paper bordered by strips of marbled paper and tinted-frame (orange, pink, etc. though papers of facing panels match) ; watermark faintly visible in final panel but difficult to make out.
Decoration: Written area surrounded by frame consisting of strips of marbled paper (in pink, blue, and white) flanked by white and green fillets and heavy and narrow gold bands outlined in black fillets ; panels within written area surrounded by narrow gold band ; textual dividers in the form illuminated rosettes with white, pink, red and blue accents ; additional illuminated floral accents appear above elongated horizontal strokes and elsewhere to set-off text.
Script: Fine specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; opening line of each page in thuluth ; four centered lines thereafter in naskh ; fully vocalized.
Layout: Written in 5 lines per page, one large line in thuluth and four more compact lines in naskh ; written area divided to upper panel (accommodating the large line) and centered lower panel (for the shorter lines).
Collation: Ten 'panels' (consisting of written area and border pieces mounted on another leaf) hinged together in accordion format (opens vertically) ; 'pagination' in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, appears in the upper left-hand corner of each panel.
Colophon: "Scribal," reads: "كتبه المذنب حمدى ۷۹"
Explicit: "وللخازن مثل ذلك لا ينقض بعضهم اجر بعض شيئا اللهم صل وسلم على اشرف الخلق محمد واله الطاهرين"
Incipit: "قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن ابي هريرة رض قال قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم اذا مضى شطر الليل او ثلثاه ينزل الله تبارك وتعالى الى سماء الدنيا ..."
Title supplied by cataloguer.
Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkaa) employing the text of assorted ḥadīth, executed by one Hamdî.