Isl. Ms. 675


Zeyl-i Siyer-i Nabi,[1165, i.e. 1752].ذيل سير نابي,[1165ه، 1752م].



Place/Date of Production:



222 leaves :paper ;213 x 127 (155 x 65) mm.


Elegant copy of Nabi's continuation of Veysî's (d. 1628) work on the sīrah of the Prophet, Dürretü't-tac fî sîret Sâhibi'l-mirâc or Siyer-i Veysî. Contents listing on front flyleaf and 'title page' (pp.4-5).

Other Title(s):

Zeyl-i Siyer-i VeysîZeyl-i Nabi


Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Biography.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1).


"يا رب سحاب فيضى باران ايله اول فيضله كشت كامى ريان ايله ..."


"اشتمال ايله اعلاى درجات امتيازده جلو كر قيلنمق شيوۀ خفيۀ تقديردن متسبعد [مستبعد] دكلدر"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "تم بعونه سبحانه وتعالى في اوائل ربيع الثاني لسنه خمس وستين وماء [مائة] والف بمحروسة دار السلطنة العلية القسطنطنية المحميه حماها الله عن عامه البليه وانا العبد الفقير خليل بن محمد عاملهما الله تعالى بالحسنى والزياده والحمد لله وحده"


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Physical Details:

ii, 21 V(210), VI (222), i ; quinions followed by a senion ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 25 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear, compact Turkish hand ; virtually serifless with effect of tilt to the left, slight effect of words descending to baseline, mainly curvlinear descenders, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.6 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral motifs in white, pink, lavender, orange-red, and green on a gilt ground pricked here and there with three dots, surmounted by a scalloped w-shaped piece filled with swirling floral vegetal decoration of the same type on grounds of blue and gold (also pricked) and itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents ; entire piece set into a well of orange-red with a series of black crosses ; text of incipit and facing page set off by gold strokes, effectively crude 'cloud-bands' ; written area surrounded by 'gold' frame (gone to green on many leaves) ; keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted commas ; occasional overlining in red.


European laid paper with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20 and 21 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of lion rampant (see p.34, 35, etc.) and grapes under crown (see p.394, 395, etc.), thin, crisp and transluscent though sturdy, medium cream in color, well-burnished ; moisture damage in the upper outer corner of many leaves ; some pigment burn to breakthrough at the 'gilt' frame.


Pasteboards now covered in blue coated, textured paper with dull red leather over spine and edges/turn-ins (traces of gold rule border visible) ; Type II binding (once with, flap now lost) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in brown surface-dyed wove paper ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; worked endbands damaged with cores exposed and tailband virtually gone ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, loss of flap, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From interior of upper cover and spine label, "IL 418" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


As appears in colophon on p.446, copied by Khalīl ibn Muḥammad (Halil bin Mehmet) with transcription completed in Istanbul during the first days of Rabīʻ II 1165 [February 1752].

Ownership and History:

Effaced former owners' marks (including oval seal impression) on front flyleaf (p.3) as well as signature "محمود سامى" (Mahmut Sami) ; possible former inventory marks on 'title page' (p.5) ; occasional marginal corrections or glosses (often marked with signes de renvois).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 Halil bin Mehmet, fl. 1752, scribe. 04 خليل بن محمد, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn (ed. Fluegel),iii 201Brit. Mus. Cat. Turkish MSS.,p.37

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Posted by evyn on September 29, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS, Yahuda Collection

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