Isl. Ms. 398


[Mecmua,1024, i.e. 1615 or 1616].[مجموعه,1024ه، 1615 او 1616م].


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Place/Date of Production:

[Bakhchysaraǐ,1615 or 1616].


38 leaves :paper ;256 x 155 (200 x 102) mm.


Elegant copy of a selection of short treatises, mainly on date calculations, calendar tables, etc. including explication (see p.9) and selections (see p.24 on) from the calendar or almanac of Şeyh Vefa (Muslihittin Mustafa, d.1490), interspersed with calligraphic specimens signed by the copyist.

Other Title(s):

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Islamic calendar--Early works to 1800.
Perpetual calendars--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"بو منطويه آيك قنقى برجده اولدوغن بلمك طريقن بلدرر هر نيجه كون كيجسه آيدن اى اخى قوى آتك اوستينه اول دكلو در خي ..."


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"Scribal," triangular, reads "نوشته شد از براى سلطان دولت نشان ذى شان جنكيزى حفظه الله تعالى عن الافات والبليات نمقه العبد المذنب الفقير الحقير حافظ محمد البلخى وحرره بباغجه سراى المحروسه سنه ١٠٢۴"


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Physical Details:

V (10), 2 IV(36), 2 (38) ; quinion and two quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written mainly in 16 lines per page but with many diagrams and tables of varying size ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; fine hand in a medium line ; serifless with effect of inclination to the right, descent of words to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, pointing in distinct or conjoined dots.


Splendid though damaged illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of large rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche defined by looping white banding with black crosses surrounded by arabesques and floral motifs in gold, red, white, pink, pistachio, etc. on grounds of gold and deep blue, bordered in a heavy band of lozenges and rosettes and surmounted by a scalloped semi-circular piece or dome with similar floral vegetal motifs on grounds of turquoise, deep blue (lapis) and gold, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents ; written area throughout surrounded by gold frame, divisions within defined by narrow gold or turquoise bands ; textual dividers in the form of turquoise inverted commas ; many headings and keywords rubricated ; several diagrams and tables outlined in gold, turquoise or red ; opening calligraphic specimen (on p.1) surrounded by marginal decoration in gold floral vegetal motifs ; written area occasionally gold-flecked (as for the calligraphic specimen on p.35 and tables and text in section following) ; illustration of rainbow (قوس قزح) on p.47.


non-European laid paper with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, somewhat distinct, some curving) and chain lines occasionally visible, cloudy formation, thin and transluscent though sturdy, dark beige in color, well-burnished ; staining and tears, repairs (fills and guards) in European laid paper.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in marbled paper (in yellow, blue, red, and turquoise) ; upper and lower covers carry gold-tooled central ornament of interlace forming diamond shape with pendants ; sewn in white thread, two stations ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, cracking and losses of leather, staining, etc. ; small repair to spine in red leather, also damaged.

Former Shelfmarks:

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


As appears in colophon at close on p.56, copied by Ḥāfiẓ Muḥammad al-Balkhī with transcription completed in Bağçasaray (Bāghchahʻsarāy /باغچه سراى ), capital of the Krim Tatar state, in 1024 [1615 or 16].

Ownership and History:

Occasional glosses (some dated 1191 [1777], 1086 [1675 or 6], 1073 [1662 or 3], see p.36, 38, 39, etc.) ; verses of calligraphic inscription on lower doublure ascribed to Muḥammad Girāy Sulṭān (Mehmet Giray Sultan) and seemingly dated 1096 [1684 or 5].

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--d. 1490.--Vefa,--Şeyh,--Ruzname-yi hazret-i Şeyh Vefa.
04--وفا،--شيخ،--روزنامۀ حضرت شيخ وفا.


05 fl. 1615, Ḥāfiẓ Muḥammad al-Balkhī, scribe. 05 حافظ محمد البلخي, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

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

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