Isl. Ms. 413


Kitab-i Şah u geda,[17th or 18th century?].كتاب شاه وكدا,[القرن 17 او 18م؟].


Yahyâ Bey,d. 1582.يحيى بيك.

Place/Date of Production:

[16-- or 17--?].


81 leaves :paper ;160 x 100 (110 x 60) mm.


Careful copy of Şah u geda or "The King and the beggar," most popular of the five mesnevis of the Hamse of Dukâginzâde (Dukakinzade) Yahyâ Bey Taşlıcalı (d.1578), an important 16th century Ottoman poet of Albanian origin. Illustrated with nine miniatures. Followed by an additional poem.

Other Title(s):

Şah u gedaشاه وگداTitle from opening matter (p.5, p.33, etc.):شاه وكداBahr-i tavilبحر طويل


Turkish poetry--16th century.
Masnavis, Turkish--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated heading in opening matter on p.30.


"سطر بسم الله اى اولو الالباب اولدى متفاح باب قفل كتاب ..."


"عين عفوكله اول بزه ناظر سوزمز بودر اول وآخر تمت الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب تم تم تم"


Can you help transcribe the colophon? Please comment!


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


1. p.2-p.139 : Kitab-i Şah u geda / Yahyâ Bey.
2. p.140-p.146 : Bahr-i tavil.

Physical Details:

i, I (2), IV (10), 2 V(30), IV+1 (39), V (49), 3 IV(73), IV-6+6 (81), i ; mainly quaternions and quinions ; several blank leaves at opening and close of codex ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 15 lines per page with written area divided to two columns ; final poem in 17 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; clear, well-formed Turkish hand in a medium line ; partially but irregularly seriffed with occasional head-serifs on free-standing alif, lām, etc., effect of tilt to the left, closed and open counters, curvilinear descenders, pointing in conjoined dots or strokes, occasionally vocalized.


Illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) appears at opening on p.2, consisting of rectangular piece surmounted by semi-circular piece or dome with crudely drawn floral vegetal motifs in shades of pink, blue, red, white on a gold ground, surmounted by crude vertical stalks (tīgh) in red and blue ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by gold frame defined by black fillets (also defines divisions within) with outermost red and blue rules, elsewhere only gold frame appears ; section headings rubricated ; several somewhat crude illustrations appear toward the end of the text (see pp.50, 54, 55, 81, 83, 88, 96, 115, 122), all half or not quite full-page miniatures.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, quite indistinct) and no chain lines visible, cloudy formation, inclusions visible, thin and transluscent though sturdy, light burnished, beige in color ; some breakthrough at frames ; added leaves in European paper (trace of raisin watermark, see p.154, 156, etc.).


Pasteboards faced in dark brown leather with brown leather over board edges and spine (likely repair) ; Type III binding (without flap), likely two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in dark red-violet surface-dyed wove paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped lozenge-shaped central ornament (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition, similar to Déroche class. NSd 5) with tooled and gold-painted accents and rule-border ; sewn in red-violet thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and red-violet, good condition ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, significant negative draw in upper cover, etc. ; ill-fitting text block.

Former Shelfmarks:

"124 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf and recto of back flyleaf ; "263" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1) ; "٢٩١" on label affixed to lower cover.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, hand, decoration, etc. would suggest 17th or 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Bahr-i tavilبحر طويل


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

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Burrill, Kathleen R.F. "Tas̲h̲li̊d̲j̲ali̊ Yaḥyā."vol.X, p.352, col.1Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.pp.180-183Ḥājjī Khalīfah,v. iii, p.176

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

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