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Asrār al-nisāʼ,
[898, i.e. 1492].

اسرار النساء، [989ه، 1492م].



Main Author: Pseudo-Galenus.
Language(s): Arabic
Published: [1492]
Subjects: Manuscripts, Arabic > Manuscripts, Arabic / Michigan > Manuscripts, Arabic / Michigan / Ann Arbor.
Erotic literature, Arabic > Erotic literature, Arabic / Early works to 1800.
Human body > Human body / Erotic aspects.
Sexual health > Sexual health / Early works to 1800.
Materia medica > Materia medica / Early works to 1800.
Pharmacopoeias > Pharmacopoeias / Early works to 1800.
Traditional medicine > Traditional medicine / Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
Medicine, Arab.
Note: Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Library, Isl. Ms. 1058
Origin: As appears in colophon on p.38, transcription completed in the last days of Muḥarram 898 [ca. November 1492].
Binding: Limp brown leather covers with dark brown leather over spine (type of quarter binding) ; Type III binding (without flap), tight back though not fully flush with text block (ill-fitting or deliberate squares) ; now linings (potentially once flyleaves) in what appears to be European laid paper ; now sewn in white thread, not original ; overall in good condition with minor abrasion, etc.
Support: non-European (possibly Persianate) laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly straight) and chain lines only rarely visible in pairs (see p.32) ; only somewhat cloudy furnish with inclusions and bits of fiber visible, heavy and sturdy, quite well-burnished to glossy.
Decoration: Keywords and headings rubricated.
Script: Naskh-nastaʻlīq (talik) ; chiefly a clear Turkish / Turkic hand ; serifless with effect of words inclining slightly to the right, elongation of horizontal strokes, foot of lām, kāf, etc. quite curvilinear, kāf mashqūqah preferred with shaqq (curving upward) on even final kāf, final tāʼ marbūṭah often given as tāʼ maftūḥah, point of final or free-standing nūn set either down at center or floating above tall bowl, very casually pointed with pointing for two dots typically via conjoined dots, etc.
Layout: Written in 19 lines per page (single column) ; frame-ruled (impression of ruling board quite evident).
Collation: III-2+3 (7), IV (15), IV-1+4 (26) ; 19 original leaves (paginated 1-38) with 7 added leaves, 3 at the opening of the codex, 4 at the close ; original composition of opening gathering uncertain due to repairs ; mainly quaternions originally ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, center of lower margin of each text page ; added leaves at opening and close of codex not paginated.
Colophon: "Scribal," triangular, reads "تم الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب فى اواخر شهر محرم سنه ٨٩٨ اللهم اغفر لكاتبه ولقاريه ولمن نظر فيه آمين رب العالمين تم"
Explicit: "يكون محتويا الى النساء ويكون محفوظا عن اذى الجن والارواح وغيرها والله اعلم بالصواب واليه المرجع والمآب"
Incipit: "لما راينا ان الجزء الاول المختص باسرار الرجال انتهى الى آخره على ما تقدم ذكرها وفصولها لزمنان [كذا] نذكر ايضا فى اسرار النساء التي تدعو الى موافقهن وتوجب الميل اليهن..."
Title from opening matter on p.1.
Manuscript codex.
On verso of added leaf, inscribed by the Library “SPEC. ISLM | 500562325, QUARITCH | SPAUL-2014 | 10-15-13” ; a few marginal corrections and glosses in different hands, some in hand of copyist ; on leaves now lining limp leather covers numerous notes, anecdotes and excerpts in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish including instructions for recitation / invocation to achieve one’s desires, such as "من قرأ سورة الفتح الشريف اربعين مرة يحصل مراده ايا كان" ;
Physical Description: 19, 7 leaves : paper ; 180 x 130 (120 x 75) mm bound to 185 x 135 mm.
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