Isl. Ms. 237


[Calligraphic specimen,18th century].[مرقع حسن الخط,القرن 18م].

Place/Date of Production:



10 panels :paper ;265 x 175 (190 x 103) mm.


Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ or murakkâ) employing mainly alphabetic exercises, invocations, and a portion of the text of al-Buṣīrī's Qaṣīdat al-Burdah, executed by İbrahim Rodosi (d.1201/1787?).

Other Title(s):

Kaside-yi Bürde


Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Poetry--Early works to 1800.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"رب يسر ولا تعسر رب تمم بالخير"


[in thuluth] "سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك وتبارك اسمك وتعالى جدك وجل ثناؤك ولا اله غيرك" ; [in naskh] "فان امارتي بالسوء ما اتعظت من جهلها بنذير الشيب"


"Scribal," reads: "مشقه اضعف الكتاب ابراهيم الردوسي"


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Physical Details:

Ten 'panels' (mounted leaves) edged in and hinged together with red-brown leather ; opens vertically.


Written in four lines per page, two large lines in thuluth and two more compact lines in naskh ; written area divided into upper and lower panels accommodating the large lines and a central panel divided to accomodate the two more compact lines.


Fine specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; two large lines of each page in thuluth ; two central lines of each page in naskh ; fully vocalized ; each continues a distinct stream of text though both open in alphabetic exercises.


Decorative illuminated pieces consisting mainly of scalloped semi-circular pieces (domes) overlaid with swirling vegetal pattern in gold, red, pink, white, blue, etc. flank the compact central lines ; other illuminated flanking pieces of different vegetal composition appear on some panels ; written area surrounded by frame in bands of gold varying thickness ; textual divders in the form of illuminated rosettes with accents in pink, white, blue, etc.


Well-burnished laid paper (in some cases surface-dyed pink) pieced, set into frame consisting of other surface-dyed and gold-flecked papers in combinations of orange and green, blue and pink, orange and magenta, yellow and green, green and magenta, lavender and orange, etc. (papers of facing pages match) set off by gold bands and white fillets.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather with spine in a lighter red-brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in pink-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla filled with symmetrical vegetal composition (compare binding ornament on cover of Isl. Ms. 230), as well as tooled border consisting of guilloché roll flanked by gold fillets ; panels hinged together with red-brown leather ; overall in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting of leather, spine split near head, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"559 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover ; "116" inscriped in pencil at opening.


As appears in colophon, executed by İbrahim Rodosi ; date of transcription not specified, though calligrapher and style suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on interior of upper cover "559 T. D. M. [T. Dell?]" and at opening "116" ; clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Kaside-yi Bürde


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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In calligrapher:

04 İbrahim Rodosi, d. 1787?, calligrapher. 04 ابراهيم الردوسي، خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Brocade of the pen : the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991),no.11, p.84Zakariya, Mohamed. "Islamic calligraphy: A technical overview." In Brocade of the pen: the art of Islamic writing. Carol Garrett Fisher, ed. (East Lansing, MI: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 1991):1-17Derman, M. Uğur. Letters in gold : Ottoman calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı collection, Istanbul. (New York : Metropolitian Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, c1998),pp.90, 94.Serin, Muhittin. “Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki Bazı Kütüphanelerde Bulunan İslam El Yazma Eserleri ve Michigan Üniversitesi II. Abdülhamid Koleksiyonu,” Akademik Araştırmalar Dergisi 2, 4-5, (2000).Rado, Şevket. Türk hattatları : XV. yüzyıldan günümüze kadar gelmiş ünlü hattatların hayatları ve yazılarından örnekler. (Istanbul : Yayın Matbaacılık Ticaret Limited Şti., [1984?]),pp.153, 172, 177, 180.

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued

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