Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 402 (V.2.22)
Title: Diwan
Date of Creation: Between 1717 and 1719
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Al Mutanabbi, Diwan.
Al Mutanabbi's Diwan (Poems):
Begins: [Arabic characters]
Remarks: The verso of the first folio is written over in pencil (?by Dr. J. Letherland) with references to MSS. at Paris and Leyden, etc., now hardly decipherable.
The first quire of seven folios (except for these inscriptions and some scattered Arabic writing) is blank, as is also the last of four.
Inserted loose at the end is a pencilled note by the binder: The boards of this volume were lined with MS. paper, the same writing as the book.
The first quire (blank) has a number of verses and names of former owners, namely, on the 11th folio, Muhammad Hadi (?obliterated) in 1155 A.H. (1742 A.D.), Al Hasanu'bn Isma'ila'l Sha'bani (?) in 1191 A.H. (1777 A.D.); on the verso of the 12th folio, Zaid ibn Hasan, Hasan ibn Yusuf, followed by Yusufu'bn Muhammad son of the Caliph Al Mahdi; Ahmad son of the Caliph Al Mansur; and Al Kasim son of Muhammad son of the Apostle; with the date, Ramadan 1153 A.H. (Dec. 1740 A.D.).
The copyist's name is Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn 'Abdi'llah.
Dated Al Madinah 9th Rejeb 1131 A.H. (16th May, 1719 A.D.).
For other copies, cf. Brit. Mus. Suppl. Cat. 1038-1043.
[Formerly R.3.2; R.3.19].
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 12 3/4 x 8 5/8, ff. 234, beautifully written in double cols. of 13 lines, each 7 3/4 x 2, double lined red margins, rubrics, sub-titles and punctuation in red and gamboge, few marginalia, fairly clean and well preserved. (1131 A.H., 1718-9 A.D.)
Binding: Millboards, covered crimson morocco, blind-tooled, stamped on both boards (centres and corners) over gilt paper plaques recently repaired, original leather side-covers preserved
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Arabic
Material Type: Poem
Archival History: Provenance: Sold as Lot 3544 in the sale of Joseph Letherland's library, 1765. Purchased by William Hunter for £1.15.0 according to the British Library copy of the Letherland sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 6 (2).
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 506.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Ahmad ibn al-Husayn Mutanabbi 915/6-965
copyist: Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn 'Abdi'llah fl.1719
provenance: al-Hasan Isma'il al-Shabani fl.1777
provenance: Joseph Letherland 1699-1764
provenance: Muhammad Hadi fl.1727-1742
Kamvar Khan.
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