Isl. Ms. 821


Ruzname-yi Şeyh Vefa,[1157?, i.e. 1744 or 1745?].روزنامۀ شيخ وفا,[1157ه؟, 1744 او 1745م؟].


Vefa,Şeyh,d. 1490..شيخ وفاء

Place/Date of Production:

[1744 or 1745?].


9 leaves :paper ;205 x 143 (176 x 103) mm.


Fine copy of the calendar or almanac of Şeyh Vefa (Muslihittin Mustafa, d.1490) comprised mainly of tables for calendar conversion, etc. with instructions in Turkish.

Other Title(s):

Title from rubricated heading on p.3:روزنامۀ حضرت شيخ وفا قدس سرهRuzname-yi Şeyh Vefa şerhi


Islamic calendar--Early works to 1800.
Perpetual calendars--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).


"شرح دائره سال حرف يكشنبه اسان وجهله بيان اولندى ... روزنامۀ حضرت شيخ وفا قدس سره اكر يكشنبه حرفندن غفلت اولور ..."


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Physical Details:

III+3 (9) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Varies though each page after opening two with circular diagrams (see pp.2-3) typically with 3 lines of text above table and a varying numer of lines adjacent to table ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish hand ; serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, many closed counters, curvilinear descenders, pointing (for two and three dots) mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Written area surrounded by double rule-border in red and black ; keywords, headings and some numerals (in tables and diagrams) rubricated ; numerous tables and diagrams.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark (roughly 80 mm. long, perpendicular to chains, see p.12, etc.), sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished.


Pasteboards (quite thin) covered in black, red, orange and white mottled paper (sponge painted or faux marbled look) with red leather over spine and edges/turn-ins ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in yellow-tinted wove paper ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; overall in fair with minor pest damage, abrasion, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip with notes inserted at close.

Former Shelfmarks:

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Lacks dated colophon though discussion on p.1 addresses the year 1126 [1714 or 15] as an example and discussion on p.3 address the years 1064-1066 [1653-6] ; date in diagram on p.3 1157 [1744 or 5] may suggest a date of transcription ; paper, etc. would suggest 17th or 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on 'title page' suggesting contents and book price "Calendar | 8 Piastres" ; effaced inscription below title on 'title page' (p.1) ; excerpts in Arabic following close opening with excerpt from Manāhil al-samar fī manāzil al-qamr of Abū al-Wajāhah al-Murshidī (d.1628 or 9) that opens "الحمد لله الذي ابدع ما في الارض من خلق وما فوق السماء وعالم بالسر والاعلان ومظهر الايات والبرهان ..." (pp.16-17) followed by "صفة المنازل في السماء ..." (p.18) ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

07--Abū al-Wajāhah al-Murshidī, ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn ʻĪsá,--1567 or 8-1628 or 9.--Manāhil al-samar fī manāzil al-qamr.--Selections
07--ابو الوجاهة المرشجي، عبد الرحمن بن عيسى،--1567 or 8-1628 or 9.--مناهل السمر في منازل القمر.--مختارات


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Former Owner(s):

Meyerhof, Max, 1874-1945, former owner.

In Collection:

Tracy W. McGregor Collection of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Mathematical and Astronomical Manuscripts.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.122 f.King, D. A Survey of the scientific manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library ( Winona Lake, 1986),no. H2

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Tracy W. McGregor Collection, Turkish MSS

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