Isl. Ms. 411


Şemail-i şerif,[early 18th century?].شمائل شريف,[اوائل القرن 18م؟].


Ayn-ı Ekber Mehmet Efendi,d. 1722?عين اكبر محمد افندى.

Place/Date of Production:



58 leaves :paper ;195 x 125 (117 x 70) mm.


Elegant copy of Ayn-ı Ekber Mehmet Efendi's (d.1722) versified Turkish work on the characteristics of the Prophet.

Other Title(s):

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Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Biography--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1).


"حمد اول خالقه كه يكتادر حكمنده عقلا شيدادر ..."


"سهو وعصيانه افندم بقمه فرقتك آتش ايله يقمه"


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Physical Details:

ii, 5 V(50), IV (58), ii ; quinions followed by a quaternion ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; elegant Ottoman hand ; seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on most ascenders (even occasional free-standing alif), effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, mainly open counters, pointing in conjoined dots, fully vocalized.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of gold rectangular piece surmounted by scalloped dome filled with floral vegetal decoration in white, pink, light blue, and lavender with red accents on a gold ground, entire piece set in a well of red with white accents and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area (and divisions within) surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets ; section headings chrysographed.


European laid paper with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22-24 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of grapes (raisin) under crown (see p.18, 28, etc.), transluscent and crisp though sturdy, well-burnished to glossy.


Pasteboards covered in maroon leather ; Type II binding (with flap), likely two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in pink surface-dyed, textured wove paper (embossed in vegetal pattern of large leaves, flowers and vines) ; upper and lower covers carry tooled and gold-painted border and outline of central panel ; sewn in golden yellow thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in magenta and dark blue, good condition ; overall in good condition with minor abrasion, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


Lacks dated colophon ; statement on 'title page' identifying work and author appears to be dated 1160 [1747] and provides a rough terminus ante quem ; paper, decoration, etc. also certainly suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) in name of one Emin Efendizade Mehmet Reşat [?] ( امين افندى زاده سيد محمد رشاد ) dated 15 Jumādá II 1211 [ca. 16 December 1796], statement reads "من كتب الفقير ... امين افندى زاده سيد محمد رشاد ... ١٥ ح سنه ٢١١ ..." ; effaced statement and oval seal impression on p.3 ; extensive marginal glosses, many in Arabic.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Emin Efendizade Mehmet Reşat, fl. 1796, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 07 امين افندى زاده محمد رشاد, 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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