[Collection of alphabets and encoded correspondence]

Manuscript, Book
[Syria?, 14--]
1 online resource (106 leaves) : paper


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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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.
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