Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 246
Origin: As appears in colophon on fol.210b (p.420), copied by Sulaymān ibn Yūnus ibn Khaṭṭāb ibn Shaḥḥādhah [?] ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥurayz al-Satafī [?] al-Mālikī. Transcription finished "wa-kāna al-farāgh min istinsākh hādhā al-dīwān..." 14 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1016 [ca. 31 March 1608].
Accompanying materials: a. between pp. 322-23 folded slip with numerals, etc. -- b. between pp.404-405 slip in laid paper with verses copied in ruqʻah.
Binding: Pasteboards covered in deep brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves as well as interior of envelope flap in shell marbled paper (pink, brown and white) ; interior of fore edge flap in same brown leather ; upper and lower covers bear gold-stamped central piece and decorative border (formed from two repeating vegetal pattern stamps and interlocking architectural pattern stamp) along with pendants and corner pieces (formed from a repeated scrolling floral pattern stamp) ; envelope flap bears complementary design formed from same stamps ; sewn in cream thread, four stations ; worked chevron endbands in cream and blue ; in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, fading, some pest damage, loss to endbands, and spine slant (cocked) ; housed in box for protection.
Support: non-European laid paper ; laid lines oriented horizontally or vertically (some variation from quire to quire) spaced roughly 7-9 laid lines per cm. (also varying) with some sagging or curving ; chain lines very feint and indistinct but occasionally visible - may be grouped ; quite firm, somewhat crisp, and of medium translucency ; well burnished ; only a few inclusions and undissolved fibers visible ; flyleaves in European laid paper, laid lines vertical spaced roughly 11 laid lines per cm. ; chain lines horizontal spaced 30 mm. apart ; large shield/scrollwork (six pointed star within) watermark partially visible in back flyleaf.
Decoration: Illuminated titlepiece on fol.1a (p.1) consisting of upper and lower rectangular panels with central roundel (shamsah) ; upper panel bears title in gold thuluth ; shamsah bears author's name,etc. in blue and gold, highly ligatured tawqi verging on thuluth ; lower panel continues blessings upon the author in gold thuluth ; outlined by vegetal accents in blue ; framed in pink band with blue crosses and a series of gold bands outlined with black fillets ; superbly executed illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) on fol.1b (p.2) consisting of rectangular panel surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) surmounted by vertical stalks (tigh) in blue and gold ; rectangular panel contains stylized cartouche in gold carrying title "ديوان شعر ابي الطيب" in white, surrounded by floral vegetal decoration in gold, orange-red, white, light blue, etc. on a field of lapis lazuli flanked by semi-circular pieces in light-blue and gold ; semi-circular piece carries floral vegetal design in gold, orange-red, pink, white, etc. on fields of lapis lazuli and gold ; bordered in a well with blue crosses on a pink band ; between the two pieces a rectangular band floral vegetal decoration in gold, blue, orange-red, and white on a field of black ; written area and margin (including decoratively arranged lines) framed in a series of gold bands flanked by black fillets ; incipit and facing page various floral designs in orange-red, blue, white, green, and gold ; partially chrysographed with section (divisions by letter) headings in gold ; text of titlepiece in gold and blue ; text rubricated with verse headings, numerals corresponding to glosses, etc. in red.
Script: Naskh ; large, clear hand of Persianate character (Iraqi ?) ; mainly sans serif but with occasional right-sloping head serif on free-standing alif, lām of definite article, etc. and left-sloping head serif on joined alif, etc. (irregular), kāf mashqūqah preferred, but mabsūṭah also appears, slight effect of inclination to the left, elongation of horizontal strokes, some sweeping descenders, quite rounded and curvilinear, pointing in distinct dots, point of final / free-standing nūn set down in bowl ; fully vocalized ; glosses of very similar character only thinner line and smaller size (likely supplied by same copyist).
Layout: Written in 15 lines per page ; single column, often divided to two to set off poetry, and fine ruled margin with lines arranged obliquely in decorative geometric patterns (triangles, zig-zag, etc.) ; frame-ruled.
Collation: ii, V-1(9), 19 V(199), VI(211), ii ; chiefly quinions ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing.
Colophon: "Scribal," triangular then rectangular, reads: "وكان الفراغ من استنساخ هذا الديوان المبارك رابع عشر شهر ذي القعدة من شهور سنة ستة عشر والف من الهجرة النبوية على صاحبها افضل الصلات والسلام تم وعلى يد العبد الفقير الى الله تعالى سليمان بن المرحوم يونس بن خطاب بن شحاذة بن محمد بن حذير الستفي المالكي غفر الله له ولوالديه ومشايخه واخوانه ولمن طالع فيه ودعا لم [كذا] بالمغفرة ولكل المسلمين اجمعين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله وصحبه اجمعين وسلم"
Explicit: "ومثلك يؤتى من بلاد بعيدة ليضحك ربات الحداد البواكيا. وقال ايضا يمدح سيف الدولة ... وكانه جيش ابن حرب رعته حتى كانك يا علي علي. تم شعر ابي الطيب برياذاته والحمد لله كما هو اهله. يقول كاتب اصله المنقول منه هذه النسخة نقلت هذا الديوان من نسختين ..."
Incipit: "قافية الهمزة قال ابو الطيب احمد بن الحسين المتنبى رحمه الله ومولده بالكوفة في كندة سنة ثلث وثلثماية يمدح سيف الدولة وكان امره باجازة ابيات على هذا الوزن وهذا الروي شعر عذل العواذل حول قلبي التائه وهوى الاحبة منه في سودائه ..."
Title from titlepiece on fol.1b (p.2).
Fine copy of the renowned dīwān and glosses, closing with a discussion of the source material for the recension contained in the model from which this manuscript was transcribed.