Isl. Ms. 833


Hikmet-i tabiiye,[1279, i.e. 1863].حكمت طبيعيه,[1279ه, 1863م].


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142 leaves :paper ;209 x 130 (156 x 90) mm. bound to 215 x 138 mm.


Careful copy of an Ottoman physics (physical science or natural sciences, i.e. hikmet-i tabiiye) textbook of uncertain authorship.

Other Title(s):

Title from spine label:حكمت طبيعيهTitle from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):الحكمة الطبيعيهal-Ḥikmah al-ṭabīʻīyah


Physics--Study and teaching--Turkey--19th century.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Turkey--History--Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918--Sources.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated heading at opening (p.2).


"مقدمه علم حكمت طبيعيه علوم طبيعيه نك ..."


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Physical Details:

i, 14 V(140), I (142), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in as many as 23 lines per page, though varies considerably depending on number of diagrams, mathematical problems, etc. ; frame-ruled.


Ruqʻah ; clear Turkish hand ; serifless with slight effect of inclination to the left and of words descending to baseline, freely ligatured, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rural scene with canon on rolling hills set in a crescent flanked by assorted arms / weapons ; keywords, section headings, numerals and other symbols rubricated ; numerous line-drawings and diagrams (in pencil and black and red inks) illustrating text.


Machine laid paper (faux laid wove) with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of "L J D," thin, transluscent, and quite well-burnished, tinted blue.


Boards covered in textured, coated black paper with red leather over spine and corners of boards (barely, not quite half-binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in printed 'marbled' paper (mainly in dark blue, pink and yellow) ; spine gold-stamped with vegetal designs and lines along ridges ; sewn in yellow thread, five stations, over cords ; stuck-on endbands ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

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As appears at close on p.281, dated 28 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1279 [May 1863].

Ownership and History:

Inscription describing contents on front flyleaf "Lectures (student's writing-book ?) in Turkish on Physics (Optics, etc.) from the Military School at Haidar Pasha (Constantinople)" ; book price and "Lect" in same hand on 'title page' (p.1) along with assorted inventory marks (٦٠, ٢٤, etc.) ; fairly clean copy.

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In Collection:

Tracy W. McGregor Collection of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Mathematical and Astronomical Manuscripts.

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Posted by evyn on November 30, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Tracy W. McGregor Collection, Turkish MSS

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