Isl. Ms. 390


Menakıb-ı Hazret-i Üveys el-Karani,[1168, i.e. 1754 or 1755].مناقب حضرت اويس القرنى,[1168ه، 1754 او 1755م].


Sabâyî Hayrettin Çelebi.صبايى خير الدين چلبی.

Place/Date of Production:

[1754 or 1755].


20 leaves :paper ;209 x 125 (145 x 69) mm.


Elegant copy of the hagiographical work in verse relating the legend of the life and merits of Uways al-Qaranī [Üveys el-Karani] (d.657) by Sabâyî Hayrettin Çelebi Edirnevî.

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on verso of front flyleaf:مناقب حضرت ويس القرنى قدس سره العزيز الغنىÜveys-nâme


Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Uways al-Qaranī,--7th century.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Friends and associates--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on verso of front flyleaf.


"دلا ذكر ايله اول رب رحيمى دى بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمى ... سبب تاليف كتاب كل ايمدى دكله اى عارف بو مابى ... بزم كيم شيخم ويس القرندر كونشدن روشن فخر ارندر ... اوقويالر بو نظم دلكشايى دعادن اكلمه جان صبايى ... اول اقليم مبارك كيم يمندر انك بر كويى وار ادى قرندر ..."


"اكا رحمت قله خلاق عالم اوقويه فاتحه والله اعلم اوقويانى يازنى دكليانى رحمتكله يارلغه غل ياغنى فاعلات فاعلات فاعلات بيك ... صلوات"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "كتبه العبد الضعيف السيد عثمان الاويسى خادم خرقۀ شريف من تلاميذ دده زاده غفر ذنوبه وستر عيوبه سنه ١١٦٨"


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Physical Details:

i, 2 V(20), i ; two quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 19 lines per page, mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; spacious, elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2, consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral motifs in pink, orange and red on a gold ground, surmounted by w-shaped piece filled with swirling floral vegetal composition mainly in gold and pink with red and orange accents on a gold ground, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in a faint blue, entire piece set in a well of pink and gold bands ; written area surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets, divisions within surrounded by narrow gold bands outlined by black fillets ; section headings chrysographed.


non-European laid paper with roughly 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly distinct, some curving) and occasional irregular chain lines visible, dark cream to beige in color, crisp and transluscent though sturdy, burnished ; flyleaves in European laid paper.


Pasteboards covered in brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings and flyleaves in dark olive green surface-dyed paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (red leather recessed onlays) and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi 12), pendants and cornerpieces with tooled and gold-painted accents and border (rules defining a gullioché roll) ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in red thread, six stations ; overall in somewhat poor condition, fully detached from the text block, with some abrasion, lifting of leather, losses of spine leather (at head and tail where primaries may have been stitched through the spine lining at least), leather burn from envelope flap on upper board lining and front flyleaf, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon on p.37, copied by Osman el-Üveysi (ʻUthmān al-Uwaysī), disciple of Dedezade, with transcription completed 1168 [1754 or 5].

Ownership and History:

Rare marginal correction (see p.21).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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07 Osman el-Üveysi, fl. 1754, scribe. 07 عثمان الاويسى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Alpay, G. K. Lāmiʻī Chelebi and his works. JNES, 35 2 (1976).pp.73-93Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.253

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

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