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North African commonplace book in Arabic

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  • Manuscript codex.;Title devised by cataloger.;Physical description: Varying lines per page, written in maghribī script on heavy laid European paper with large crown watermark (e. g. leaf 109). Leaves 2b, 38b, 58a, 73a blank. Some staining; a few leaves have repairs to the inner margin, resulting in slight loss of text. Mild insect damage. Disbound.;A commonplace book consisting primarily of poetry quotations with their accompanying explanatory text in prose, particularly from Abū al-Faraj's Kitāb al-aghānī (e. g. leaves 6a, 10a, 16a, etc. ). On leaf 116a is a list of the years between successive prophetic revelations; on leaves 118a, 119a are schematic diagrams of buildings.;Loose in red leather wrapper with flap; blind-stamped central mandorla, blind-tooled fillets, gold-stamped quatrefoils in corners, gold tooled border around mandorla, gold-tooled chain extending vertically from top and bottom of mandorla to fillets. Spine split apart.;Forms part of the Harry L. and Mary K. Dalton Collection (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University).
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