Isl. Ms. 230


[al-Kawākib al-durrīyah fī madḥ khayr al-barīyah,1109, i.e. 1697 or 1698].[الكواكب الدرية في مدح خير البرية,1109ه, 1697 او 1698م].


Būṣīrī, Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Saʻīd,1213?-1296?بوصيري، شرف الدين محمد بن سعيد.

Place/Date of Production:

[1697 or 1698].


20 leaves :paper ;250 x 180 (154 x 96) mm.


Exquisite copy of al-Būṣīrī's poem in praise of the Prophet executed by the renowned Ottoman calligrapher, Seyyid Abdullah of Yedikule (Yedikuleli Seyyid Abdullah Efendi, d.1731), favorite pupil of the celebrated calligrapher Hafız Osman Efendi (d.1698).

Other Title(s):

BurdahبردةKaside-yi Bürde


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


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم آمن تذكر جيران بذي سلم مزجت دمعا جرى من مقلة بدم ..."


"ما رنحت عذبات البان ريح صبا واطرب العيس حادي العيس بالنغم اللهم صل وسلم على اشرف الخلق واكمل الخلق محمد واله والطاهرين اجمعين وسلم تسليما كثيرا كثيرا الى يوم الحشر والقرار ما دام الدهور والايام"


"Scribal," reads: "كتبه الفقير السيد عبد الله المعروف بالامام من تلاميذ عثمان افندي غفر الله ذنوبهما آمين سنة ۱۱۰۹"


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:

i, IV+I (10), IV+2 (20), i ; two anomalous quaternions ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals, appearing in the lower-inner left corner of the written area beginning with the incipit page ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 9 lines per page with the opening line (the basmalah) and every fourth line thereafter (saṭr or ʻajuz of a particular bayt) filling the column width and the three following lines (ʻajuz or saṭr of continuing or following bayt) centered below.


Exquisite specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; opening and every fourth line (saṭr or ʻajuz of a particular bayt) in a fine thuluth ; following three lines (ʻajuz or saṭr of continued or following bayt) in naskh ; fully vocalized.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) appears at opening on p.2 consisting of a rectangular panel with empty gold cartouche and flanking floral pieces in pink, white, red and orange on fields of gold and blue, surrounded by heavy frame or well in bands of gold and black interlace, white crosses on a red ground, and white crosses on a blue ground, and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area surrounded by frame in heavy gold band outlined by black fillets with a narrow gold band outlining the panels formed by the layout of alternating line filling the column width and three centered lines.


non-European laid paper with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, contrasting direction for written area and surrounding frame into which it has been set / mounted) and occasional chain lines visible, cloudy formation, crisp and transluscent, well-sized and burnished to glossy ; final leaf in wove paper.


Pasteboards covered in olive-tan leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in purple coated and embossed paper with central gold-painted floral accents and border ; upper and lower covers carry stamped, gold-painted scalloped mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition over red onlays) and pendants as well as gold guilloché roll border ; design continues on flap ; sewn in yellow thread, four stations ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of leather (at foreedge especially), staining, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"332 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) ; "118" also inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1).


As appears in colophon on p.38, executed by es-Seyyid Abdullah, known as el-İmam, pupil of Hafız Osman Efendi, with transcription finished in 1109 [1697 or 8].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) "332 T. D. M. [T. Dell ?]" and "118" ; relatively clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

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

In calligrapher:

05 Yedikuleli Seyit Abdullah , d. 1731, calligrapher. 05 يدى قله لى سيد عبد الله , خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Derman, 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),p.78Serin, 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).

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

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