Isl. Ms. 406


Mevlûd-u şerif,[18th century?].مولود شريف,[القرن 18م؟].


Süleyman Çelebi,d. 1422?سليمان چلبي.

Place/Date of Production:



10 leaves :paper ;182 x 116 (123 x 73) mm. bound to 187 x 118 mm.


Elegant copy of the famous poem in praise of the Prophet by Süleyman Çelebi of Bursa (d.1422?). Contributions to the cataloguing by Mehmet Uğur Ekinci.

Other Title(s):

Vesîletüʼn-necatوسيله النجاتMevlût-u şerifMevlid-i şerifMevlitمولد شريف


Mawlid al-Nabī in literature.
Turkish poetry--15th century.
Masnavis, Turkish--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Poetry.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from headpiece at opening (p.2) and colophon (p.17).


"الله ادين ذكر ايده لم اولا واجب اولدر جمله اشده هر قولا ..."


"كرديلر سز بوله سز اوتدن نجات عشقله درديله ايدك الصلوة ... امتك اولدوغمز دولت يتر خدمتك قلديغمز عزت يتر ... امتدن راضى اولسون اول معين رحمت الله عليهم اجمعين"


"Scribal," reads "الحمد لله الذي وقفني لكتابة مولود شريف ويسرني بفضله اتمام تنميقه كتبه الحقير المحتاج الى رحمة ربه المعبود محمد بن محمود من تلاميذ سليمان افندى الاسكدارى حامدا الله تعالى ومصليا على نبيه محمد واله اجمعين الطاهرين"


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Physical Details:

ii, IV+2 (10), ii ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during cataloguing (skips opening leaf).


Written in 11 lines per page ; divided to two columns to set off poetry ; section headings centered ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand ; partially seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on lām, ṭāʼ, ẓāʼ but not alif, effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders (some sweeping, final nūn, etc.), rightward descenders tapered, mainly open counters, pointing in distinct dots ; fully vocalized.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.2 consisting of rectangular piece with gold cartouche carrying the title in white (هذا مولود شريف) surrounded by swirling floral vegetal decoration and chi clouds in gold, lavender, red, white, and turquoise (light blue-green) on fields of dark cream with gold accents and lapis lazuli, surmounted by scalloped w-shaped piece filled with similar floral vegetal and chi cloud motifs, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh), entire piece surrounded by border or well in red with white accents ; illuminated floral motifs set off headings and colophon ; written area surrounded by heavy gold frame outlined by black fillets with outermost blue rule ; section headings and musical annotations in margins rubricated.


non-European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, indistinct, some curving) and no chain lines visible, crisp, well-burnished, sturdy, beige / buff in color.


Pasteboards faced in quite dark brown (to black) leather and now edged in dark maroon leather (likely repair) ; now Type III binding (without flap) but not flush with text block ; pastedowns and flyleaves in bright spring green surface-dyed wove paper ; upper and lower covers carry heavily recessed stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal decoration, compare Déroche class. NSd 9) and pendants, with gold-painted accents and tooled border ; sewn in heavy yellow thread, four stations ; overall in good condition with only minor abrasion (mainly at spine and board edges), etc. ; evidence of envelope flap on opening leaf indicates that this cover once had a flap or text block was once covered in a different binding (with a flap).

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon on p.17, copied by Mehmet bin Mahmut (Muḥammad ibn Maḥmūd), a student of Süleyman Efendi of Üsküdar (سليمان افندى الاسكدارى), with date transcription completed not specified ; decoration, paper, etc. suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

The musical modes employed in singing the verses in margins specifying degrees of the scale (دوكاه، حسينى، صبا، الخ) ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!


04 Mehmet bin Mahmut, scribe. 04 محمد بن محمود, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.240

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

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Mehmet Uğur Ekinci on paragraph 24:

The information “musical notations in margins specifying degrees of the scale (دوكاه، حسينى، صبا، الخ)” is misleading as there are no musical notations whatsoever in the manuscript. This should be corrected as “the musical modes employed in singing the verses (دوكاه، حسينى، صبا، الخ) are inscribed in margins.”

August 16, 2011 1:53 am
Mehmet Uğur Ekinci on paragraph 19:

“musical notations” in the last sentence should be “musical notes”.

August 16, 2011 1:55 am

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