Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 473
Origin: Lacks dated colophon. Dated ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) provides terminus ante quem of 1751. Perhaps early to mid 18th century.
Accompanying materials: a. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.
Former shelfmark: From inner front cover and spine label, "IL 31d" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).
Binding: Pasteboards covered in now dull yellow laid paper with dark red leather over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; boards exposed rather than lined ; sewn in light brown thread, four stations ; worked endbands in cream, damaged ; overall in poor condition with significant abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of paper and leather, etc. ; repairs in blue textured paper.
Support: European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical) and chain lines spaced 22 mm. apart (horizontal) with no watermarks visible (most likely lost to trimming) ; thin, crisp and sturdy, cream in color, lightly burnished.
Decoration: Keywords and section headings rubricated.
Script: Naskh ; fine, medium Turkish or Egyptian hand ; seriffed with gentle right-sloping head-serif on most ascenders (even free-standing alif), slight effect of tilt to the left, many open counters, curvilinear descenders, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes or conjoined dots rather than distinct dots, alif maqṣūrah pointed as yāʼ.
Layout: Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board quite evident in raking light).
Collation: 6 V(60), V-4 (66) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (mistakenly skips two pages between pp.23-24).
Explicit: "ولمن زاغ عن الحق قامعا للحسنات امرا وعن السيئات زاجرا صلى الله عليه وعلى اصحابه وازواجه واتباعه"
Incipit: "يقول العبد المعترف بتقصيره الراجي من ربه تهوين عسيره محمد ابن قاسم البقري بلدا الشافعي مذهبا الحمد لله على احسانه واشهد ان لا اله الا الله وحده لا شريك له ... وبعد فقد سألني بعضا من الاخوان اضع له مقدمة مختصرة في تجويد القرآن فاجبته الى سؤاله ..."
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).
Fine copy of a treatise on the art of reciting the Qurʼān (tajwīd). Appears incomplete (ends abruptly).