Isl. Ms. 421


[Mecmua,17th century?].[مجموعه,القرن 17م؟].

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81 leaves :paper ;285 x 180 (200 x 75) mm.


Carefuly copy of a collection (mecmua / majmūʻah ) of excerpts and brief works on astronomy, tafsīr, grammar, Ṣūfī thought, etc. along with a great assortment of poetic excerpts, mainly in Turkish but also in Arabic and Persian. Additional excerpts appear in the margins.

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Astronomy--Early works to 1800.
Turkish poetry--Early works to 1800.
Sufism--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Koran--Sūrat al-Sajdah--Commentaries--Early works to 1800.


Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Persian.


Ms. codex.
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1. p.4 : Der beyan-ı seyr-i eflak ve nücum.
2. p.5-p.8 : Der beyan-ı eflak ve menzil-i büruc.
3. p.9-p.18 : Der beyan-ı menazil-i kamer.
4. p.18 : Der beyan-ı kavis-i kuzah.
5. p.19-p.24 : Haza Kitab-ı Sultan Mahmut.
6. p.25-p.30 : [assorted excerpts].
7. p.31-p.40 : [assorted poetic excerpts of Niẓāmī, Figanî Ramazan Çelebi, etc.].
8. p.40-p.53 : [Qaṣīdat al-Burdah with interlinear and marginal takhmīs].
9. p.54-p.63 : [assorted poetic excerpts of Nati, etc.].
10. p.64-p.65 : Sūrat Alif lām mīm sharḥ Makkīyah min Tafāsīr Abū al-Saʻūd / Ebüssuud Efendi.
11. p.66-p.120 : [assorted poetic excerpts of Fevri, Şemsi, and many others].
12. p.121-p.125 : Dībāchah-ʼi Tārīkh-i Tāj-i Salmān.
13. p.125-p.127 : [Sharḥ Dībāchat al-Miṣbāḥ].
14. p.127-p.129 : [assorted excerpts].
15. p.130-p.136 : Ḥall al-abyāt allatī waqaʻat fī Khizānat al-anfās al-Qudsīyah.
16. p.136 : Fasl fi rüyet-i Allah.
17. p.137-p.138 : Şerh-i Rical-i gayb.
18. p.138-p.140 : [astronomical work].
19. p.140-p.144 : [assorted excerpts on muʻjizāt al-Nabī, ʻilm al-ḥurūf, etc.].
20. p.145-p.153 : ["Hādhihi Silsilat sanadinā bi-talqīn al-dhikr al-sharīf wa-al-sirr al-laṭīf wa-al-khirqah al-mubārakah...] / ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī al-Bisṭāmī.
21. p.154-p.162 : [assorted poetic excerpts of Adli, Fevri, etc.].

Physical Details:

ii, V (10), 4 (14), V (24), II (28), III+1 (35), IV (43), 2 III(55), 2 IV(71), IV+2 (81), ii ; miscellany of quinions, ternions, quaternions, etc. ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes some flyleaves).


Written in as many as 23-25 lines per page, with occasional glosses on the diagonal in the margin, in two columns in some places ; sections with poetic excerpts also arranged in two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Ottoman hand in a medium line ; serifless with slight effect of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, pointing mainly in strokes (rather than distinct dots), some elongation of horizontal strokes, kāf mashqūqah (mashkūlah) preferred with dramatically sweeping shaqq, final yāʼ often mardūdah.


Section headings and keywords rubricated ; overlining in red ink ; astronomical diagrams in red and black ink (see pp.3, 4, 5, 8, 18, 138).


European laid paper with roughly 12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 23-25 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of crossbow in circle with trefoil above (see p.14, 16, 46, 144, etc. and compare Picard nos. 123860 / Mantua 1628 and 123861 / Roverato 1624), thin crisp and transluscent though sturdy, dark cream in color, well-burnished ; flyleaves in two other European papers (inner with three crescent watermark, outer with three stars in shield watermark).


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap, though now lost) ; doublures in dark red brown leather with delicately tooled dimond-shaped interlace central ornament and chain pendants with gold-painted rule-borders ; flyleaves and hinges now in pink-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry large, stamped (with recessed onlays) central mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi 6), pendants, and cornerpieces with gold-painted accents, as well as tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in yellow thread, two stations, sewing failing ; worked chevron endbands in red and yellow, only headband and primaries remain ; overall in somewhat poor condition with loss of flap, abrasion, lifting and losses of leather (particularly spine and onlays of lower cover), cracking and delamination of boards, cover detached from text block at spine, etc. ; spine rebacked in straight-grain brown leather (repair also damaged with portion of spine lining exposed) ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"533 T.De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf and opening leaf (p.2).


Lacks dated colophon ; paper would suggest first half of 17th century ; ownership statement provides terminus ante quem of 1863.

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil on verso of front flyleaf and opening leaf (p.2) "533 T.De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" ; on 'title page' (p.3), ownership statement dated 20 Rabīʻ I 1280 [September 1863] in name of Osman Kethüdazade Seyit İbrahim Ethem Efendizade ( عثمان كتخدازاده السيد ابراهيم ادهم افندى زاده ) with partially effaced oval or circular seal impression ; extensive marginal glosses ; former owners' / users marks on added leaf at close (p.163) include two oval seal impressions (one partially effaced) and signature of the person who entered the preceding poetic excerpts on this page Ahmet el-Mufti [?] ( احمد المفتي ).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Būṣīrī, Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Saʻīd,--1213?-1296?--Burdah.
05--بوصيرى، شرف الدين محمد بن سعيد.--بردة.
06--Abū al-Saʻūd Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,--1492 or 3-1574 or 5.--Sūrat Alif lām mīm sharḥ Makkīyah min Tafāsīr Abū al-Saʻūd.
06--ابو السعود محمد بن محمد.--سورة الم شرح مكية من تفاسير ابو السعود.
07--Bisṭāmī, ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad,--ca. 1380-1454--Hādhihi Silsilat sanadinā bi-talqīn al-dhikr al-sharīf wa-al-sirr al-laṭīf wa-al-khirqah al-mubārakah.
07--بسطامي، عبد الرحمن بن محمد.--هذه سلسلة سندنا بتلقين الذكر الشريف والسر اللطيف والخرقة المباركة.


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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

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

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