Isl. Ms. 445


Subhatuʻl-uşşâk,[17th century?].سبحة العشاق,[القرن 17م؟].



Place/Date of Production:



21 leaves :paper ;197 x 122 (134 x 79) mm.


Fine copy of the collection of one hundred ḥadīth accompanied by paraphrase in Turkish verse by Latîfî (Abdüllatif Çelebî Kastamonulu, d.1582).

Other Title(s):

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Hadith--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Poetry.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.


Arabic and Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from preface (fol.4a).


"ايلدي حق بزي بحمد الله قائل لا اله الا الله"


"عمر اولوب ايرنجه روزقيام سكا والكه صلوة وسلام الحمد لله على التمام والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا محمد خير الانام وعلى آله الكرام واصحابه العظام"


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Physical Details:

ii, V (10), V+1 (21), ii ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords possibly lost to trimming.


Written mainly in 13 lines per page ; column of written area divided to two columns for text of preface/prologue, elucidation, and epilogue whereas text of headings and ḥadīth fill the column width ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Turkish hand ; virtually serifless with tilt to the left, many open counters, curvilinear descenders, and some elongation of horizontal strokes ; extensively vocalized (in black ink).


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening consisting of rectangular piece carrying empty gold cartouche flanked by swirling vegetal design (in gold, lavender, red, pink and white) on fields of light blue and gold surounded by heavy border in red and white with gold outline and surmounted by scalloped semi-circular piece (dome) carrying similar vegetal composition set into a green and gold well or frame and itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in light blue ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold bands flanking a red band all outlined in black fillets ; section headings, keywords (author's name, etc.), and text of ḥadīth chrysographed ; a few keywords rubricated.


non-European (likely Persianate) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, mainly pretty indistinct) and no chain lines plainly visible, quite dense and sturdy though transluscent, well-burnished, beige in color ; flyleaves in European wove paper.


Pasteboards faced in purple silk [?] with green straight-grain leather over spine and edges/turn-ins (textile faced, leather edged, framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in spring green surface-dyed paper ; leather edging silver-stamped with scrollwork / s-shaped motifs ; now sewn in magenta thread, six and four stations ; overall in somewhat poor condition with upper cover, flyleaves and opening leaf fully detached from remainder of text block, splitting of spine leather, minor abrasion, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"427 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. suggest 17th or even very late 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.256

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Posted by evyn on March 8, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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