Isl. Ms. 395


Tuhfetü'l-Haremeyn,[18th century?].تحفة الحرمين,[القرن 18م؟].


Nabi,1641 or 2-1712.نابي.

Place/Date of Production:



90 leaves :paper ;197 x 120 (137 x 60) mm.


Elegant copy of the Nabi's account of his pilgrimage (ḥajj) to Mecca and Medina.

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):تحفة الحرمينTitle from closing matter:تحفۀ حرمينTuhfe-yi HaremeynTuhfet ül-HaremeynTuhfetü’l-Haremeyni’l-Muhteremeyn


Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Nabi,--1641 or 2-1712--Journeys--Saudi Arabia--Mecca.
Nabi,--1641 or 2-1712--Journeys--Saudi Arabia--Medina.
Mecca (Saudi Arabia)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
Medina (Saudi Arabia)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from front flyleaf.


"اى بيت حرامى صف غفرانه مقام وى باب سلامى مدخل دار سلام ..."


"ديدم تمامنه نابى بو نسخه نك تاريخ بو تحفۀ حرمينم قبول ايله [ايده] مولى"


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Physical Details:

i, 3 V(30), IV (38), VI (50), 4 V(90) ; chiefly quinions with a quaternion and a senion ; final two leaves left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; bold, elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, elongated horizontal strokes, pointing (for two and three dots) mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2, consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral motifs in white with red and orange accents on a ground of gold and blue (cobalt), surmounted by scalloped w-shaped piece filled with similar floral vegetal decoration in white with orange and red accents on fields of gold and cobalt, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents, entire piece set in well of blue and red bands with white accents ; floral accents in gold flanking the basmalah at opening on p.2 ; written area surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets, divisions within defined by narrower gold bands outlined by black fillets ; keywords and section headings rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red inverted discs.


non-European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly distinct, some curving) and no chain lines visible, medium cream in color, quite thin and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished ; front flyleaf in European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 29-30 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of cross with initials below.


Pasteboards faced in red cut velvet (or flocked cloth or felt, low nap, see envelope flap) with dark red brown leather over spine, fore edge flap and edges / turn-ins (textile faced, leather edged framed binding) ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in olive green European laid paper (fleur de lis watermark visible in lower board lining) ; upper and lower covers carry tooled borders in gold ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and pink [?], damaged with losses to headband ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc. ; subtle repairs to fore edge flap, etc. ; rehinged (paper).

Former Shelfmarks:

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


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, paper, etc. suggest 18th century. According to date provided in a chronogram at the close ("بو تحفۀ حرمينم قبول [ايده] مولى") composition completed in 1093 [1682 or 3]. Date inscribed on 'title page' may provide a rough terminus ante quem of 1795.

Ownership and History:

Ownership / bequest statement on 'title page' (p.1) dated 12 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1313 [ca. 25 April 1896] ; possible isolated date on 'title page' (p.1) 1209 [1794 or 5] ; occasional marginal corrections and notabilia (side heads, most rubricated).

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.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.113

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

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