Isl. Ms. 831


[Hikmet-i tabiiye defteri,mid 19th century].[حكمت طبيعيه دفترى,اواسط القرن 19م].


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36 leaves :paper ;170 x 120 (125 x 76) mm.


Carefully executed physics (physical sciences or natural sciences, i.e. hikmet-i tabiiye) notebook containing numerous sample problems (with problem statement, solution and any diagrams), tables and notes.

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School notebooks--Turkey--19th century.
Physics--Study and teaching--Turkey--19th century.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Turkey--History--Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918--Sources.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
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Physical Details:

XVIII (36) ; single gathering of 18 bifolia ; some leaves ruled but left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Highly variable, as written area often contains diagrams, tables or lines of arithmetic along with problem statement.


Ruqʻah ; fairly clear Turkish hand ; serifless with slight effect of inclination to the left and of words descending to baseline, highly ligatured, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots, closed counters ; notes in several other hands.


Headings, keywords, numerals and other symbols rubricated ; written area of many pages surrounded by rule-border ; many diagrams and tables, as well as two colored illustrations showing ships at sea (see p.9 and p.11).


European laid paper (as well as a few bifolia in wove paper) ; mainly with 13-14 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 24 mm. apart (vertical), beige, sturdy and well-burnished ; another type with 12-13 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 23-24 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of arms / shield with crown above (see p.6, etc.).


Marbled paper cover (mainly in blue and brown, single sheet, limp binding without boards) ; sewn in heavy dark blue to black thread, eight stations ; overall in somewhat poor condition with some abrasion, staining, tears losses, etc.

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Lacks dated colophon, though date 1257 [1841 or 2] appears in text (pp.16, 20, and 38) ; statement signed Emin Efendi and dated 1848 provides a terminus ante quem of 1848 ; paper, etc. certainly suggest 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscription in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) supposedly describing contents "Turkish Astronomical Tables" ; numerous notes (often problems with solutions) and former owners' marks at opening and close of codex, many dated, including notes on p.63 dated Ramaḍān 1262 [September 1845], statement on p.68 signed "Emin Efendi" dated 1848, statements on p.69 dated 1847, 1848, 1849, 1266 [i.e. 1850], etc.

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Former Owner(s):

Emin Efendi, fl. 1848, former owner. امين افندى, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

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

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Posted by evyn on October 27, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Tracy W. McGregor Collection, Turkish MSS

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how? when the mss images are closed dear!

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