Isl. Ms. 417


[Leylâ ve Mecnun,late 16th century?].[ليلى ومجنون,اواخر القرن 16م؟].



Place/Date of Production:



62 leaves :paper ;223 x 135 (147 x 63) mm.


Elegant (though incomplete, with end lacking) copy of Fuzulî's renowned Turkish rendering of the romance of Laylá and Majnūn. Illustrated with four miniatures (see p.27, p.60, p.80 and p.111).

Other Title(s):

Leylâ ile Mecnunليلى ايله مجنونليلى ومجنونLeylâ ü MecnûnLeylâ vü Mecnûn


Turkish poetry--16th century.
Love poetry, Turkish--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpiece (layout features)16th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"اى نشاء حسنى عشقه تاثير قلن عشق ايله نباى دهرى تعمير قلن ..."


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Physical Details:

i, I (2), 3 IV(26), III+1 (33), IV-1 (40), 2 IV(56), III (62) ; chiefly quaternions and ternions ; final leaves lacking ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and skips two pages between pp.119-120).


Written in 14 lines per page, mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; exquisite hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of large rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by scalloped domes (in gold and red) and surrounded by swirling floral vegetal decoration in gold, red, white, turquoise, lavender, etc. on a lapis lazuli ground and bordered in a band of heavy gold interlace, surmounted by rectangular piece evoking a row of scalloped domes in gold and lapis lazuli filled with swirling floral vegetal decoration in gold, turquoise, lavender, white, red, etc., entire piece surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and vegetal decoration in gold ; four half-page miniatures (wider than the written area), including miniature depicting Laylá and Qays (Majnūn) at school on p.27, miniature depicting Majnūn in the wilderness on p.60, miniature depicting Majnūn's family visiting him in the wilderness on p.81, and miniature depicting Laylá visiting Majnūn in the wilderness on p.111 ; written area surrounded by a gold frame defined by black fillets with outermost blue rule, divisions within defined by narrow gold bands outlined in black fillets ; keywords and section headings chrysographed.


non-European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal or vertical, indistinct, some curving) and no chain lines plainly visible, cloudy formation, transluscent, sturdy, beige in color, burnished ; front flyleaf and repairs in European laid paper.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather ; Type II binding (once with flap, now lost) ; doublures in dark red leather ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold painted (with recessed onlays) mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. NSd 7) and pendants, as well as tooled border ; sewn in heavy cream thread, two stations ; overall in quite poor condition with much abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, loss of flap, spine lining exposed, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"٤٨٨" inscribed in black ink on upper cover label ; "141 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) ; "٤٠٩" in black on upper cover.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. suggest late 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Various excerpts and doodles on front flyleaf (pp.1-2) and 'title page' (p.3) ; trace of a circular seal impression in margin of p.20 ; almond-shaped seal impression on p.83.

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.206 f.

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

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