Isl. Ms. 394


Tezkire-yi rumat,[early 19th century?].تذكرۀ رمات,[اوائل القرن 19م؟].


Abdullah el-Kâtip.عبد الله الكاتب.

Place/Date of Production:



86 leaves :paper ;215 x 158 (143 x 81) mm.


Fine copy of the work on archery by Abdullah el-Kâtip (of the Valide Sultan Camii) with descriptions of archery grounds in Istanbul, Edirne, Bursa, etc. as well as biographical notices for distinguished archers.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):تذكرۀ رماتTezkiretü'r-ramatTezkire-yi ramat


Archers--Turkey--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Archery--Turkey--History--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Turkey--History--Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918--Biography--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter (p.2).


"الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا محمد الذى فضل الرمى على سائر الاسلحة اجمعين وامر بالرمى لكل كبير وصغير من المؤمنين ... وبعد بو فقير پر تقصير عبد الله الكاتب بجامع مرحومه ومغفور بها والده سلطان طاب ثراها بو رسالۀ سكزباب اوزره تزيين وتنميق ايليوب تذكرۀ رمات تسميه ايلدم ..."


"شاعر شرمى جلبى ميدان اشمش راميلردن اولوب جكدوكى مرتبه رميه قادراتجى ايدى رحمه الله عليه نقاش زاده اسمعيل تازه نوجوان اولوب تيراندازيره مسلم وممتاز ايدى خاتمة رساله"


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Physical Details:

i, 8 V(80), III (86), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present (rubricated) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear Turkish hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on occasional lām, effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, mainly open counters, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Illuminated headpiece at opening on p.2, consisting of rectangular piece carrying the basmalah surmounted by scalloped dome filled with floral vegetal design in gold, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) also in gold with entire piece set in a well of gold ; written area surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets ; keywords (including catchwords) and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs.


European laid paper with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 29-30 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of three stylized top hats with feathers (see p.6, 10, 170, etc. and compare Heawood 2594, Venice 1831) and "C + B" (see p. 2, 168, etc.), quite sturdy and well-burnished, cream in color ; minor foxing.


Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in pale pink laid paper, flyleaves surface-dyed mint green ; upper and lower covers carry tooled and gold-painted corner accents (mainly rosettes) and border (guilloché roll flanked by gold fillets) ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and brown, fairly good condition ; overall in fairly good condition with minor staining, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"495 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest early 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Occasional glosses (see p.33, 47, 49, 91).

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.


Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-Turkīyah al-ʻUthmānīyah allatī iqtanatʹhā Dār al-Kutub al-Qawmīyah mundhu ʻām 1870 ḥattá nihāyat 1980,vol.1, p.155 no.609

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

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