The Manuscript, Copyist And Ink And Page Setting

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The following analyses present the findings of a multi-perspective codicological analysis of the examined manuscript, such as provenance of the manuscript, copyist/scribe and ink and page setting.
Provenance of the manuscript

The manuscript is of a relatively significant size. It consists of 114 paired (dual) folios and one single page folio at the end. Since this author uses a scanned image of the codex, it is difficult to suggest its length and breadth. There are two flyleaves, a paired one attached to the front cover and a single one attached to the back cover page. The scanned image does not show the front cover page. The cover pages seem to be made of hard cardboard covered with dark brown or light black fabric. In the middle of the back cover, there is a washed out geometrical shape of a mihrāb and a two hardly readable lines of Latin letters. They are not hand crafted. Rather they appear to be the original factory mark. The geometrical shape of a mihrāb is a coincidental design as it is not meant to bear any religious symbolism. Equally, the Latin letters do not have any relevance to the manuscript. Therefore, the scribe seems to have randomly used the cover to protect the codex.

The scribe uses two different types of ordinary paper, produced in a modern stationery factory. For instance, for folios 1-19 and 43-202, he uses papers with 20 horizontal lines; and for folios 20-42 and 203-218, he uses papers with quadratic graphs. Two hand-stitched white cotton threads,…

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