Isl. Ms. 444


Mecmua-yi Münîf,[ca. 1742?].مجموعۀ منيف،[ح 1742م؟].


Antakyalı Münīf,1717-1743 or 4.انطاكيالى منيف.

Place/Date of Production:

[ca. 1742?].


89 leaves :paper ;254 x 145 (174 x 72) mm.


Stunning copy of a collection of works by Münîf of Antakya (d.1743 or 4), opening with a collection of thirty-nine ḥadīth accompanied by his Turkish paraphrase and followed by a biographical sketch for him, a collection of letters, his Zafernâme on the Belgrade campaign of 1152 [1739], and his collected poems (divan).

Other Title(s):

Dîvân-ı MünîfZafernâme


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


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Arabic and Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page'.


"قال عليه السلام السماح رباح اى اولان كاركاه عالمده طالب وستمائة اعمال ..."


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Physical Details:

i, 5 V(50), I+1 (3), II (57), V (67), VII (81), IV (89), i ; chiefly quinions ; catchwords present.


Written in roughly 11-17 lines per page ; roughly five lines of ḥadīth text and eight of the elucidation (on the diagonal) ; column of written area is divided to two columns to accept the lines of elucidation while ḥadīth text fills the width of the column ; biographical sketch and works of prose and verse are arranged in various layouts, including 11-13 lines per page on the diagonal filling the entire written area, 11-17 lines per page with written area divided to two columns (often alternating with a line centered or filling the column width), roughly 12 lines per page on the diagonal with written area divided to two columns, etc.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Turkish hand ; mainly serifless with closed counters, descent of words to baseling, pointing in distinct dots, and elongation of horizontal strokes.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on fol.1b consisting of rectangular panel with empty gold cartouche surrounded by vegetal pattern in gold with floral accents in pink and red surmounted by a scalloped rectangular piece filled with the same intricate vegetal pattern and itself surmounted by elaborate vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue, red, and gold ; the entire piece is set into a well of rich gold interlace ; a second illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) consisting of w-shaped piece of similar composition to opening headpiece appears at opening of biographical sketch on fol.6b ; written area surrounded by heavy gold frame with any divisions of the written area and margin outlined by a gold rule ; keywords, text of ḥadīth, headings, titles, etc. rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas ; in opening of "تضمين مصرع عرفى" written area gold-flecked.


European laid paper of several different types including many with raisin watermarks ; one type with 12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 21-22 mm. apart (vertical) and grapes under crown watermark ; another type with 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20 mm. apart (horizontal) and watermark of grapes under cartouche with "P ♥ C" and crown above ; still another type with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of grapes under long cartouche with crown above and date "1742" [?] below ; another type with 11 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 21-23 mm. apart (vertical), and watermarks of lion statant guardant and cross-bow ; some leaves tinted pale orange, pink, bright yellow, buff, beige, etc.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in light brown leather with gold-tooled rule-borders ; flyleaves in gold-flecked marbled paper (in red, blue, black, grey, etc.), hinges in a different marbled paper (yellow and dark blue) ; upper and lower covers carry superb stamp and gold-painted recessed mandorla, pendants, cornerpieces, and borderpieces framed by a series of roll borders ; design continues on envelope flap ; edges of text block gold-painted with repeated strokes design ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in red and yellow, good condition ; overall in good condition with only minor abrasion and staining ; subtle repairs at spine (rebacked), fore edge flap and board edges in similar dark red leather gold tooled with rules and greek key pattern (compare unrepaired edges of envelope flap), as well as two fills in dark red leather on lower cover.

Former Shelfmarks:

"465 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf ; "234" inscribed in pencil on 'title page’.


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration and paper certainly suggests 18th century and date in watermark may suggest ca. 1742.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on 'title page' dated 15 Jumādá I 1255 [ca. 27 July 1839] in name of Hasan Edip, judge-substitute (nāʼib/naip) in Balıkesir and native resident (mutawaṭṭin/mutavattın) of İzmir, accompanied by oval seal impression (dated 1237 [1821 or 2]), statement reads "استصحبه الفقير الحقير السيد حسن اديب النائب بمدينه باليكسرى متوطن ازمير في ١٥ حا سنه ١٢٥٥" and seal impression reads "اسأل الله حسن الختام ١٢٣٨" ; a rectangular seal impression appears above the ownership statement on 'title page' ; in tailpiece at close of opening work on fol.6a, an ownership statement in name of Cafer Fevzi bin Mehmet Raşit reads "استصحبه الحقير السيد جعفر فوزى بن محمد راشد عفي عنهما الله [؟]" ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Dîvân-ı MünîfZafernâme


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Former Owner(s):

05 Cafer Fevzi bin Mehmet Raşit, former owner. 06 Hasan Edip, fl. 1839, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 05 جعفر فوزى بن محمد راشد، مالك سابق. 06 حسن اديب، مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Schmidt, Jan. Catalogue of Turkish Manuscripts in the Library of Leiden University and other collections in the Netherlands. Volume Three. Leiden, 2006.pp.158-161 ; 163-167

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

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