Isl. Ms. 449


Mā lā budda minhu lil-adīb min al-mashhūr wa-al-gharīb ʻalá Tārīkh Waṣṣāf,[ca. 1745].ما لا بد منه للاديب من المشهور والغريب على تاريخ وصاف,[ح 1745م].


Nâilî Ahmet Efendi,d. 1748نائلى احمد افندى.

Place/Date of Production:

[ca. 1745].


290 leaves :paper ;300 x 168 (210 x 89) mm.


Fine copy of the alphabetically arranged encyclopedic glossary on Vaṣṣāf’s renowned history, Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tajziyat al-aʻṣār, by Ahmet bin Mirza Mehmet bin Habib Nâilî Efendi (Aḥmad Nīlī [or Nāʼilī] ibn Mīrzā Muḥammad ibn Ḥabīb, d.1748).

Other Title(s):

Tarih-i Vassaf şerhiما لا بد منه للاديب من المشهور والغريب في شرح لغات تاريخ وصاف


Ilkhanid dynasty--History--Early works to 1800.
Persian language--Dictionaries--Turkish.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Vaṣṣāf al-Ḥaz̤rat, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Faz̤l Allāh,--1264 or 5-1329?--Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-Aʻṣār.--Dictionaries.
Iran--History--640-1500--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish and Persian.


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


"باب الالف فصل آا الممدودتين آءة اصلى آتى در قلب مكانى ايله يا تقديم اوهوب همزه يه قلب اهمشدر كليجى معناسنه زمان آتيه و اخبار مستقبله ده استعمال اولنور اذا اعلمتك الحادثات بما مضى اى من الشدايد والضيق ..."


"سايه مبارك پاينده بادشايان اولدوغى كبى وهكذا قد سهل الله سبحانه وتعالى علينا ما رمناه من المقاصد الغالية والحمد كل الحمد لربنا رب المبدعات من العشرة العالية والمكونات من التسع الدايرة والمحدثات من السفليات البالية والصلوة صفو الصلوة على سيد الصافات من النفوس الفاضلة وقوم الفارسات من العقول الهادية نبى جلا ويا جير الرنية [ويا خير البرية؟] وازال عمارها وعلى اله وصحبه ما انزلت السماء سماها واخرجت الارض سماءها"


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Physical Details:

i, 29 V(290), i ; exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts).


Written in 35 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; fine, compact Turkish hand ; virtually serifless with curvilinear descenders ; freely ligatured with alif often joined to following lām, tail of waw or rāʼ assimilated with following hāʼ, point of nūn assimilated with bowl, etc. ; pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots ; some passages partially vocalized.


Superbly executed illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.2 consisting of w-shaped piece with empty cartouche in gold surrounded by a rich floral vegetal pattern in shades of blue, pink, lavender, red, green, and white on a field of gold ; entire piece set into well of blue, red and gold and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue and red ; margins of the incipit and facing page are filled with a swirling floral pattern in gold with pink accents ; section headings, keywords and letters, and abbreviation symbols rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs, letter hāʼ, etc. ; overlining in red ; written area surrounded by a heavy gold frame ; diagram on p.109.


European laid paper of several types, all with raisin watermarks and accompanying names ; one type with roughly 12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 24-25 mm. apart (vertical), and watermarks of grapes (raisin) with cartouche and crown above (see p.12, 52, etc.) and of crown, grapes and name (see p.16, 18, 24, etc.), crisp and sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream to beige in color ; another type with 11-12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 21-22 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of large crown above name and grapes (see p.40, 192, 248, 310, 294, etc.) ; other watermarks include crown over cartouche with "PG" and grapes below (p.210, etc.) and watermark of grapes with crown, name and date "1745" above (see p.486, 488, 496) ; rare bifolia tinted pale pink, mint green, or bright yellow ; wax spilled on p.150.


Pasteboards covered in tan leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in deep red leather with outline of mandorla and pendants (interior flecked with silver) as well as tooled border in gold ; flyleaves in pink surface-dyed European laid paper with design echoing that of the doublures ; upper and lower covers carry splendid stamped (recessed onlays in red leather) and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration reminiscent of Déroche class. NSd 2) and pendants as well as gold-tooled accents and guilloché roll border ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in dark cream and pale yellow, good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, upper joint splitting and cover detaching, joints at fore edge flap also damaged, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Blank slip of pink wove paper stamped with shelfmark "449" (paginated pp.335-336).

Former Shelfmarks:

"202 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, paper, etc. would certainly suggest 18th century and dated watermark would more specifically suggest ca. 1745.

Ownership and History:

Occasional glosses and marginal corrections (indicating variants from other ms. copies, etc.).

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.


Pfeiffer, J. "'A turgid history of the Mongol empire in Persia:' espistimological reflections concerning a critical edition of Vaṣṣāf's Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tajziyat al-aʻṣār." In Theoretical approaches to the transmission and edition of Oriental manuscripts. Proceedings of a symposium held in Istanbul, March 28-30, 2001. Ed. Judith Peiffer, Manfred Kropp. Beirut: Ergon verlag Würzburg in Kommission, 2007 : 107-123.

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

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