Isl. Ms. 371


Mizanü'l-hak fî ihtiyari'l-ahak,[1174, i.e. 1761?].ميزان الحق فى اختيار الاحق,[1174ه، 1761م؟].


Kâtip Çelebi,1609-1657.كاتب جلبي.

Place/Date of Production:



56 leaves :paper ;193 x 110 (109 x 47) mm.


Elegant copy of Kâtip Çelebi's final work (composed in 1067/1656), addressing controversial questions of doctrine or practice with proposed solutions, and closing with an autobiographical account of his life and works (khātimah / hatime, beginning on p.91).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.1):كتاب ميزان الحقKitab-i Mizanü'l-hakMīzān al-ḥaqq fī ikhtiyār al-aḥaqqMizan ül-hakk


Islam--Doctrines--Early works to 1800.
Muslims--Conduct of life--Early works to 1800.
Islamic ethics--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)18th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on pp.2-3.


"الحمد لله الذي جعل العقل حجة في خلقه وايد الشرع به فيما يفرق بين الباطل وحقه ... وبعد اول آفرينشدن برو ميان ارباب وانشده عقل ايله نقل توامان ومعقول ومنقول فرسى رهان ايدكى ... اكه بناء نزاع اولنان مسئله لرده طريق برهانى بيان ايچون ... ورق تسويد اولنوب نامنه ميزان الحق فى اختيار الاحق دينلدى ..."


"جخى كلام بونكله انجامه ايروب رساله تمام اولدى حق سبحانه و تعالى جمله مزه حسن خاتمه ميسر ايدوب طريق برهان رضاى رحماندن آيرميه بمنه وكرمه ولطفه"


"ح م سنه ١١٧٤ ج"


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Physical Details:

i, 5 V(50), III (56), i ; almost exclusively quinions (with final ternion) ; final leaf left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.75-76).


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Ottoman hand ; serifless, with slight effect of words descending to baseline, mainly closed counters, elongation of horizontal strokes.


Elegant illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of scalloped w-shaped piece filled with swirling arabesques and floral motifs (in gold, red, blue, pink, white) around an empty gold cartouche, set in a well of gold bands flanking a band of red and a heavy band of interlace and surmounted by elaborate vertical stalks (tīgh) in red and blue ; incipit page silver-flecked ; written area throughout bordered in a heavy gold frame defined by black fillets and outermost red rule ; keywords and section headings rubricated ; illuminated tailpiece anchoring text at close on p.108 consisting of swirling floral vegetal composition in gold, pink and red with blue chī clouds and border.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, fairly distinct) and no chain lines plainly visible, thin, crisp and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished, some leaves tinted (brown, yellow, beige, pale pink) and or gold-flecked ; a few bifolia of European laid paper.


Pasteboards covered in light brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in marbled paper (in light and dark blue, light and dark pink, and dark green) ; upper and lower covers carry lozenge-shaped central ornament filled with gold-tooled vegetal composition, accompanied by tooled rosettes and gold-painted accents as well as guilloché roll border in gold ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in light red thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in spring green and pale pink [?], tailband damaged ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, detaching at spine (revealing spine lining in leather with primaries sewn through),etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"425 [?] T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.1).


As appears at close on p.108, transcription completed Jumādá II [?] 1174 [January-February? 1761].

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) in name of Tahir Efendizade Mehmet Asım (طاهر افندى زاده محمد عاصم / Ṭāhir Afandīʻzādah Muḥammad ʻĀṣim) ; also on 'title page' (p.1) effaced statement and oval seal impression in name of one Mustafa Reşit ( Muṣṭafá Rashīd / السيد مصطفى رشيد ) likely son of the grand vezir Mehmet Emin Âli Paşa (d.1871), compare statements (some dated 1286 [1870]) and seal impressions in other manuscripts, including Isl. Ms. 226 and Isl. Ms. 389, along with Isl. Ms. 308, Isl. Ms. 399 and Isl. Ms. 409; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

07 Mustafa Reşit, fl. 1870, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 07 مصطفى رشيد, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.254

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Posted by evyn on November 30, 2010
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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