Isl. Ms. 383


Ravzatü'l-guzza,[17th century].روضة الغزا,[القرن 17م].


Katip Mustafa Zühtü,fl. 1663.كاتب مصطفى زهدى.

Place/Date of Production:



84 leaves :paper ;253 x 160 (178 x 96) mm.


Elegant, yet possibly draft copy (müsvedde / مسوده, see inscriptions on pp.1 and 2), of a brief history by Katip Mustafa Zühtü ( Kātib Muṣṭafá Zuhdī ) addressing Ottoman military campaigns against the Habsburg Empire, namely the campaigns of Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Paşa (d.1676), including the taking of the fortress of Nové Zámky (Uyvar) in 1073 (24 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1073/30 July 1663). Appears to include the text of Tarih-i Uyvar (compare Istanbul University TY2488).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1) and at opening (p.2):مسودة كتاب روضة الغزاMusawwadat Kitāb Rawḍat al-ghuzāhMüsvedde-yi Kitab-i Ravzatü'l-guzzaRavzat ül-guzatRawḍat al-ghuzāh


Viziers--Turkey--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Austro-Turkish War, 1661-1664--Campaigns--Early works to 1800.
Turks--Slovakia--History--17th century.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed Paşa,--1635-1676--Early works to 1800.
Turkey--History, Military--Early works to 1800.
Nové Zámky (Slovakia)--History--Early works to 1800.
Esztergom (Hungary)--History--Early works to 1800.
Hungary--History--Turkish occupation, 1526-1699--Early works to 1800.
Turkey--History--Mehmed IV, 1648-1687--Early works to 1800.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.14.


"حمد وسپاس وشكر بى قياس اول منشئ مناشير صحايف ارض وسما ... امانتى [؟] مشار اليه فاضل احمد پاشا حضرتلينه تفويض بيوريلوب وفقير وحقير واهب طريق انشا وراغب دلع املا كاتب مصطفى زهدى ... روضة الغزا اسميله تسميه ومرسوم ... دور بيان جنك استورغون وفتح قلعۀ اويوار خير اثار"


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Physical Details:

ii, III+5 (11), 6 V(71), I+1 (74), V (84) ; chiefly quinions ; final leaves left blank ; a few lacuna for rubricated headings, etc., in one case empty written area crossed through with red ink, see pp.137-138 ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 13 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Dīvānī and naskh ; elegant hand ; serifs, looped descenders and many letterforms characteristic of dīvānī script, freely though not excessively ligatured with effect of words descending to baseline ; extensively vocalized ; Qurʼānic passages, etc. in naskh.


Keywords chrysographed ; section headings rubricated ; excerpts from Qurʼān, etc. overlined in red ; written area surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs and red inverted commas (in threes).


European laid paper ; mainly with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 25-27 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of paschal lamb in four-lobed circle watermark (see p.2, 32, 96, etc. and compare Piccard inv. J 340/no. 86802 / Venice 1662 and Heawood 2840 / Verona 1678, and "agneau pascal" marks nos.1-24 / 1635-1670 in Velkov, Les filigranes dans les documents ottomans), burnished, sturdy and mainly cream in color with some leaves tinted pale pink ; flyleaves and occasional leaves within the gatherings (carrying text in the same hand) with 6 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of crown-star-crescent (80 mm. long parallel to chains, see front flyleaf, p.16, 134, etc.).


Pasteboards (quite thin, semi-limp) covered in dark red-brown leather with recycled paper and linen repair over spine (possibly to reattach upper cover, now detached from textblock with spine leather visible underneath) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings (doublures) in an elegant marbled paper (mainly in blue, pink, orange, light green, etc.), hinges in a different marbled paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted lozenge-shaped central ornament and tooled border ; sewn in light pink and blue thread, two stations ; overall in somewhat poor condition with abrasion, staining, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Torn scrap with depiction of pyramid and Sphinx at Giza in gold on one side and text in Greek on the other side (paginated pp.135-136).

Former Shelfmarks:

"۳۲۳" inscribed in ink in label on upper cover ; "78 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf.


Lacks dated colophon ; İsmail Paşa claims in Īḍāḥ al-maknūn (Keşfe'l-zunun zeyli) that Katip Mustafa completed the composition in 1070 [1659 or 60] but material addressed in the text suggests a dating after 1663 (see p.35, etc.) ; paper certainly suggests 17th century.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in ink and pencil on upper cover "۳۲۳" and front flyleaf "78 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; several statements on p.162 including birth notices with dates Ṣafar 1096 [January 1685] and Jumādá I 1108 [November-December 1696] ; ownership statement on back flyleaf in name of one Ömer Efendi (عمر افندى / ʻUmar Afandī) "صاحب ومالك عمر افندى حضرتلى" ; interlinear (mainly strikethroughs) and marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


İsmail Paşa. Īḍāḥ al-maknūn,1/596Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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

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