[Collection of alphabets and encoded correspondence]

Format
Manuscript, Book
Language
Arabic
Published/​Created
[Syria?, 14--]
Description
1 online resource (106 leaves) : paper

Details

Subject(s)
Summary note
Collection of encrypted correspondence between the compiler and various correspondents, in approximately 150 alphabets, accompanied by transcriptions of the letters in Arabic. The compiler cites Shihāb al-Dīn al-Jindī al-ʻAlāʼī, Burhān al-Dīn al-Qudsī, and Taqī al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Jaʻfar al-Ḥusaynī as authorities for some of the alphabets. The manuscript is incomplete, lacking its beginning and end. Occasional marginal notes. Some worm damage in margins.
Notes
  • Binding: Modern quarter leather, wood covers.
  • Collation: Paper, 106; 1² 2¹⁰ 3-4⁸ 5¹⁰ 6⁴ 7⁶ 8-12¹⁰ 13⁸. Catchwords on each page, lower left verso.
  • Decoration: Arabic equivalents written above some alphabets in red.
  • Layout: Written in 13 long lines.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Origin: Possibly written in Syria, in the 15th century.
  • Script: Written in naskh script.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Language note
Arabic.
Provenance
  • Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, 2015.
  • Sold at auction at Christie's, 1996.
  • Sold by Sam Fogg Limited (London) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, June 1996.
References
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), pages 43 (LJS 51).
Cite as
UPenn LJS 51.
OCLC
808642011
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