Isl. Ms. 834


[Taqwīm,1235, i.e. 1856 and 1857].[تقويم,1235ج، 1856 و 1857م].


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14 leaves :paper ;224 x 153 (168 x 105) mm.


Careful copy of an astronomical almanac (natījah / rūznāmah / ephemeris) for the Jalālī year 1235 (indicated as the 778th, see p.2) preceded by horiscope (ṭāliʻ) for the year (given in the corresponding Hijrī / Rūmī value, 1272, see p.1). Presumably observed at Istanbul. Corresponding Hijrī, Rūmī, old Yazdagardī and Coptic calendars dates are given.

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Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
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Physical Details:

VII (14) ; single septenion ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written area divided to accommodate tables of 14 columns and 16 rows (with 15 of the rows carrying two lines each corresponding to the days of the month), headed by outlines of square charts divided to 12 (4 central squares and 8 triangles corresponding to the celestial houses) ; prickings for ruling the tables evident in the outer and lower margins.


Mainly naskh and naskh with elements of ruqʻah ; clear Turkish hands ; elegant naskh employed for most headings, some entries and some annotations ; more compact naskh with elements of ruqʻah used for other annotations and some headings ; forms resembling siyakat letterforms used in table entries ; elucidation of symbols employed entered on opening page (p.1) above and alongside the horiscope diagram.


Written area and tables throughout defined by gold bands and black lines ; heading of opening horiscope diagram chrysographed "لع يل ١٢٧٢ سال عالم بأفق دار السلطنه العلية العثمانيه" ; many headings and keywords / symbols rubricated.


European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of lion rampant guardant (see p.2, 8, 28, etc.) and initials "NR" in arms (see p.4, 6, 26, etc.) very similar to Eineder no.1018 dated 1806 but with "NR" rather than "AB" ; creamy buff in color (yellowish hue), crisp and well-burnished to glossy.


Limp cover in heavy coated and textured paper, surface-dyed a pale yellow and embossed with pattern of plumes, scrolls, and floral motifs ; sewn in spring green and dark blue thread, six stations, through paper cover ; overall in fair condition with staining and abrasion ; housed in envelope.

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Pertains to the Jalālī year 1235 [1856-1857] suggesting a date of transcription around this time ; watermarks consistent with such a dating. Illuminated heading on opening horiscope suggests transcription in Istanbul.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on interior of upper cover "Probably a horoscope | Turkish with Arabic titles | Triangular signs, etc." ; inscribed by the Library on p.3 "Tracy McGregor Gift" ; annotations clarify observations and elucidate the meanings of symbols employed.

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In Collection:

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


Hofelich, M. and D.M. Varisco. "Taḳwīm." In EI2.Panaino, Antonio, Reza Abdollahy, and Daniel Balland, "Calendars," Encyclopædia Iranica,IV/6-7, pp.658-677King, D. and T. Fahd. "al-Ṭāliʿ." In EI2.Eineder, Georg. The ancient paper-mills of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and their watermarks. Hilversum, Holland: Paper Publications Society, 1960.

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

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