Isl. Ms. 372


[Tasavvuf risalesi,1021, i.e. 1612 or 1613].[تصوف رساله سى,[1021ه، 1612 او 1613م].


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Place/Date of Production:

[1612 or 1613].


30 leaves :paper ;277 x 175 mm.


Elegant copy of a brief treatise on Ṣufism.

Other Title(s):

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Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"سنريهم آياتنا فى الآفاق وفى انفسهم حتى يتبين لهم انه الحق بل و اكآه اولكم آفاقده نشانلر واردر سنك نفسكده داخى واردر پس هر كمسه كه عالمك نشانلرن كندو نفسنده بولدى اللهى بلدى ..."


"اى برادر عاشق بونك چاره سى بر شيخ مرشد صحبتنده والمقدر هج مكسه صحبتندن محروم كتدوكى يوقدر مكر كه بيكده برى اوله ان شاء الله تعالى"


"Scribal [?]", triangular, reads, "تمت الرساله بعون الله تعالى فى سنه احدى وعشرين والف فى شهر ذى القعده"


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Physical Details:

i, 3 V(30), i ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords present but often obscured ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 15 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; exquisite hand in a medium line ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, elongation and contrasting thickness of horizontal strokes, pointing mainly in conjoined or distinct dots.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4 consisting of large, wide rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by gold pendants overlaid with delicate gold arabesques incorporating chi clouds and floral accents (in white, pink, red, light blue, turquoise, etc.) on grounds of blue (cobalt) and gold, surmounted by a wide, scalloped w-shaped piece filled with similar arabesques and floral motifs on grounds of gold and blue, all set in a well / bordered in narrow bands of light blue with dark blue crosses and dark pink with red crosses flanking a band of heavy gold interlace ; written area throughout surrounded by gold frame ; textual dividers in the form of inverted commas in red ; occasional keywords and headings rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal or vertical, fairly indistinct) and rare chain lines visible, sturdy and well-burnished, medium cream in color ; many of the bifolia guarded ; flyleaves in European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 27 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of figure holding scepter (other hand at waist), sturdy and well-burnished to glossy.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures also in a dark red leather with elegant gold-tooled central ornament of interlace, roughly diamond shaped with pendants, along with gold-tooled border ; hinges now in purple, gold-flecked paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi) with pendants and tooled border (also in gold) ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; in fair condition with lifting and losses of leather (particularly at upper board), delamination of boards, staining, etc. ; repairs to spine, fore edge flap, board edges, etc. in black and red leathers.

Former Shelfmarks:

"377 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf ; "٥" on spine label.


As appears in colophon on p.60, transcription [and composition?] completed in Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1021 [December 1612 or January 1613].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement in name of Zülfikâr Ağa ( ذو الفقار اغا ) accompanied by oval seal impression on 'title page' (p.3) "قد تملكه العبد الفقير ذو الفقار اغاي باب السعاده ..." ; clean copy.

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.

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Posted by evyn on October 27, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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