Isl. Ms. 234


[Calligraphic specimen,late 17th or early 18th century].[مرقع حسن الخط,اواخر القرن 17 أو اوائل القرن 18م].

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6 leaves :paper ;167 x 239 (121 x 198) mm.


Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkâ) employing the text of assorted ḥadīth, executed by the renowned Ottoman calligrapher Seyyid Abdullah of Yedikule (d.1731), favorite pupil of the celebrated calligrapher Hafız Osman Efendi (d.1698).

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Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"روي عن ابي سعيد الخدري رضي الله تعالى عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الا ان رجب شهر الله الاصم فمن صام من رجب يوما ايمانا واحتسابا استوجب رضوان الله الاكبر ..."


"اللهم صل وسلم على نبي الرحمة وشفيع الامة الضعيفة محمد واله الطيبين الطاهرين اجمعين"


"Scribal," reads: "كتبه العبد الفقير الى رحمة ربه القدير السيد عبد الله رضي عنه مولاه"


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Physical Details:

Six 'panels' (two leaves each) hinged together ; 'pagination' in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, appears toward the left of each panel apart from the last.


Written in 6 lines per page, one large line in thuluth and five more compact lines in naskh ; written area divided to upper panel (accomodating the large line) and centered lower panel (for the shorter lines) ; opens vertically with writing parallel to spine.


Exquisite specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; opening line of each page in fine thuluth ; five centered lines thereafter in naskh ; fully vocalized.


Written area and panels within surrounded by frame consisting of heavy and narrow gold bands outlined in black fillets ; textual dividers in the form illuminated rosettes with red and blue accents.


Well-burnished European laid paper mounted on heavy laid paper (roughly 8 laid lines per cm.) with marbled frame (several variations in dark green, red, light blue, yellow, dark lavender, etc. ; papers of facing panels match).


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings (doublures) in marbled paper (mainly in pink, brown, yellow, blue, and white) ; upper and lower covers carry incised and gold-painted (with red leather inlay) symmetrical scalloped panel resembling four-lobed flower or lozenge with domes emerging from the long edges, as well as tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps with gold-painted accents ; panels hinged together with dark brown leather ; in somewhat poor but fair condition with significant staining, some abrasion and lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"109" inscribed in pencil at opening ; "542 T. D. M. [T. Dell?]" inscribed in pencil on hinge of lower cover.


As appears in colophon, executed by al-Sayyid ʻAbd Allāh, likely Seyyid Abdullah of Yedikule (d.1731), who was a favorite pupil of the celebrated calligrapher Hafız Osman Efendi (d.1698). He received his icazet in 1102 [1690 or 91] and died around 1144 [1731]. Undated but most likely executed between 1690 and 1731.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil at opening "109" and on hinge of lower cover "542 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" ; at least one 'marginal' correction.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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


04 Yedikuleli Seyit Abdullah, d. 1731, calligrapher. 04 يدى قله لى سيد عبد الله، خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Derman, M. Uğur. Letters in gold : Ottoman calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı collection, Istanbul. (New York : Metropolitian Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, c1998),p.78Serin, Muhittin. “Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki Bazı Kütüphanelerde Bulunan İslam El Yazma Eserleri ve Michigan Üniversitesi II. Abdülhamid Koleksiyonu,” Akademik Araştırmalar Dergisi 2, 4-5, (2000).

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Posted by evyn on July 12, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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