Isl. Ms. 396


Mahasinü'l-edeb,[1258?, i.e. 1842 or 1843?].محاسن الادب,[1258ه؟, 1842 او 1843م؟].


Âli, Mustafa bin Ahmet,1541-1599.عالى, مصطفى بن احمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[Istanbul?,1842 or 1843].


43 leaves :paper ;188 x 115 (127 x 70) mm.


Fine copy of an extract of the work of "mirrors for princes" literature by the outstanding Ottoman intellectual and bureaucrat, Gelibolulu Âli Efendi Mustafa b. Ahmet b. Abdülmevlâ (d.1600), widely known as Mustafa Âli.

Other Title(s):

Mahasin ül-edebHulâsat-i Mahasini'l-edebHulâsatü Mehasini'l-edebTenkîh-i Mahasini'l-edebTenkîhü Mehasini'l-edeb


Education of princes--Turkey--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Turkey--Kings and rulers--Education--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)19th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter (p.2) and inscription above headpiece (also on p.2).


"حمد وثناى رب العالمين وصلوة وسلام سيد المرسلين ... عالى بك افندى مؤلف كنه الاخبار اولان ... از جمله منهاج السلوك الى ادب صحبة الملوك نام عربى تاليف لطيفى بعض ضمايم نافعه ايله تركى يه ترجمه ومحاسن الادب تسميه ايلمشلر اون بش فصل ايله مرتب بر نسخۀ جليله در ..."


"غايتده لازم اولنى بلدر ديكك يتر عالى يتر سوز اكله اوزاتمه حكايتى"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "كتبه السيد الحاج مصطفى عزت الخطيب في جامع حضرت خالد الانصارى عفى عنه ٥٨"


Can you help transcribe the dedication? Please comment!


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Physical Details:

ii, 3 V(30), VI+1 (43), ii ; quinions followed by a senion ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 19 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; compact, elegant hand in a heavy line ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Illuminated headpiece at opening on p.2, evoking a w-shaped piece consisting of an empty gold cartouche defined by plumes in shades of blue to white, surounded by flowers in shades of pink and lavender with leaves in shades of green on a gold ground, all surmounted by three vases with floral bouquets in shades of pink, lavender and blue ; written area surrounded by heavy gold frame defined by black fillets ; keywords and section headings rubricated ; overlining in red ; illuminated tailpiece consisting of swirling floral vegetal composition surrounding colophon (on p.83).


non-European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat distinct, some curving) and no chain lines visible, cloudy formation, inclusions visible, crisp, transluscent and sturdy, highly sized and burnished to glossy, buff in color ; flyleaves in two different European laid papers.


Pasteboards covered in forest green leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings and outer flyleaves in light-blue surface-dyed, gold-flecked European laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry gold tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps flanked by gold fillets ; sewn in red thread, two stations ; only portion of worked headband remains, tailband gone ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"9 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on upper board lining.


As appears in colophon on p.83, copied by Hacı Mustafa İzzet (al-Sayyid al-Ḥājj Muṣṭafá ʻIzzat), khaṭīb (hatib) in the mosque of Abū Ayyūb Khālid ibn Zayd al-Anṣārī (Eyüp Sultan Camii), with transcription possibly completed in 1258 [1842 or 3] (see numerals at close of colophon) ; paper, decoration, etc. certainly suggest 19th century.

Ownership and History:

Birth notice on 'title page' (p.1) ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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


07 Hacı Mustafa İzzet, fl. 1842?, scribe. 07 حاجى مصطفى عزت, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Fleischer, C. Bureaucrat and intellectual in the Ottoman Empire : the historian Mustafa Ali (1541-1600). Princeton, 1986.(p.166)

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

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