Isl. Ms. 389


Nesayihü'l-ebrar,[late 16th or early 17th century?].نصايح الابرار,[اواخر القرن 16 او اوائل القرن 17م؟].


Abdülkerim b. Mehmet,fl. 1574?عبد الكريم بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



14 leaves :paper ;195 x 123 (125 x 60) mm.


Elegant copy of a collection of maxims and wise sayings from an assortment of philosophers, dedicated to Sultan Murat III (r.1574-1595) and elsewhere attributed to one Abdülkerim b. Mehmet (see manuscripts in Milli Kütüphane-Ankara 06 Mil Yz A 2539/1 and 06 Mil Yz A 1941/5, as well as Zeytinoğlu İlçe Halk Kütüphanesi 43 Ze 321/3 and İstanbul Millet Kütüphanesi 34 Ae Edebiyat 478/2).

Other Title(s):

نصائح الابرارNaṣā’iḥ al-abrār


Islamic philosophy--Early works to 1800.
Aphorisms and apothegms--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on fly leaf (p.1), illuminated headpiece at opening (p.4), and opening matter (p.7).


"حمد وسپاس وثناء بى قياس بصانع شهود عالم ومبدع وجود آدم ... اما بعد بو فقير وحقير بو رسالۀ معتبرۀ كتب حكمادن لسان فارسدن اخراج ايلدم ... اسم رساله نصايح الابرار والله الموفق والمستعان وعليه التكلان ..."


"در حال افعال ماضيه وافكار راتيه سنه استغفار ايلدى تمت الرسالة"


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As appears in opening matter on p.5, dedicated to Sultan Murat III (r.1574-1595).


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Physical Details:

ii, VII (14), iii ; catchwords present though only occasionally visible (often cut off) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes some flyleaves).


Written in 11 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; exquisite hand ; irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on many ascenders, slight effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, many open counters, pointing (for two and three dots) in conjoined dots or strokes.


Splendid illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.4, consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche (carrying title in black "نصايح الابرار") surrounded by elegant swirling arabesques with floral motifs in gold, lavender, red, pink, white, light blue, etc. on a cobalt and gold ground and bordered in a band of black with white or light blue crosses, surmounted by scalloped triangular piece (hasp) or dome filled with similar floral vegetal design on a cobalt and gold ground, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in cobalt with red accents ; written area gold-flecked and surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets (with outermost cobalt rule on incipit page) ; keywords and headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs.


non-European laid paper with roughly 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal or vertical, quite indistinct, curving) and no chain lines plainly visible, cloudy formation, thin and fairly transluscent though sturdy, burnished but not glossy, not heavily sized ; inner flyleaves in European laid paper with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (horizontal) and watermark of circle with trefoil above and possibly anchor [?] inside.


Pasteboards covered in dark maroon leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; board linings and outer flyleaves in quite glossy, blue surface-dyed paper ; upper and lower covers carry large stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OA1 1) along with gold-painted accents and tooled border ; sewn in brown thread, four stations ; overall in fair condition (despite loss of flap) with minor abrasion, lifting of leather, etc. ; repair to spine (rebacked) in red leather.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. suggest late 16th or early 17th century.

Ownership and History:

On 'title page' (p.3), ownership statement and seal impression (seemingly dated 1274 [1857 or 8]) in name of one Mustafa Reşit ( Muṣṭafá Rashīd / السيد مصطفى رشيد ) likely son of the grand vezir Mehmet Emin Âli Paşa (d.1871), compare statements (some dated 1286 [1870]) and seal impressions in other manuscripts, including Isl. Ms. 226, along with Isl. Ms. 308, Isl. Ms. 371, Isl. Ms. 399 and Isl. Ms. 409, statement reads "من كتب الفقير الحقير مصطفى رشيد مخدوم عالى پاشا" ; excerpts on front and back flyleaves (p.1 and p.34).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Mustafa Reşit, fl. 1870, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 07 مصطفى رشيد، مالك سابق.

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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