Isl. Ms. 409


ʻUlālat al-majālis majmūʻat al-nafāʼis,[ca. 1120, i.e. 1708].علالة المجالس مجموعة النفائس,[ح 1120ه، 1708م].


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Place/Date of Production:

[ca. 1708].


264 leaves :paper ;222 x 135 (170-180 x 80-86) mm.


Elegant copy of a collection (mecmua / majmūʻah) of poetic extracts in Persian and Ottoman Turkish, apparently compiled and copied by the Ottoman historian Mustafa Naima (d.1716), opening with selections from the Dīvān of Mīrzā Muḥammad ʻAlī Ṣāʼib Tabrīzī (d. between 1080/1669-70 and 1088/1677-8). Later additions in at least two other hands.

Other Title(s):

Ulaletü'l-mecalis mecmuatü'n-nefaisTitle from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1):مجموعۀ نفيسهMecmua-yi nefiseEdge title (head):مجموعۀ غريبه با خط نعيما افندى


Persian poetry--1500-1796.
Turkish poetry.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Persian and Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated inscription on opening leaf (p.3).


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"Scribal," triangular, reads "قد وقع الفراغ من تسويده على يد عبد الفقير مصطفى نعيما عامله الله بلطفه العميم وذلك فى اواخر رجب الفرد سنه ١١٢٠"


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Physical Details:

i, V+1 (11), VI (23), II+1 (28), III+1 (35), IV (43), IV+1 (52), 6 V(112), III+1 (119), 6 V(179), IV (187), IV+1 (196), 4 V(236), V-1 (245), V (255), V-1 (254), V (264), i ; many quinions ; numerous lacuna, with many leaves left fully or partially blank between sections ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Varies, though mainly in as many as 27 lines per page, divided to two columns ; elsewhere in as many as 41 lines across the diagonal ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Turkish / Ottoman hand in a medium line ; serifless with slight effect of inclination to the right, gentle descent of words to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, mainly closed counters, pointing mainly in conjoined dots.


Headings and keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs, hāʼ, etc. ; in some sections, written area and columns within surrounded by a gold frame outlined in black fillets.


European and non-European laid paper (most gatherings composed of bifolia in both) in several types ; main European type with 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-29 mm. apart (horizontal) and watermark of crown above cartouche with initials (difficult to make out) and diamond-shaped medallion reminiscent of grapes below (see p.58, 246, 298, 436, 484, 498, 510, etc. and compare Raisin no.6 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans, appearing in ms. copied in Istanbul 1710) ; other watermarks include mount of six coupeaux with "GB" [?] below (see p.502, 506, etc.) and crown above cartouche with "PSD" and grapes (raisin) below (see p.518 and compare Raisin nos. 7-8 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans, appearing in mss. copied in Istanbul 1711) ; main non-European type with 7-8 laid lines per cm. (vertical, fairly indistinct) and no chain lines visible ; all quite well-sized and burnished, mainly cream or dark cream with some leaves tinted blue or yellow ; staining and tidelines.


Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap), two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; doublures in brown leather with tooled and gold-filled central ornament following the outline of the stamped lozenge and pendants on each cover and filled with floral motifs, set off by gold-tooled accents and gold-painted borders ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (recessed onlays in red leather) and gold-painted central lozenge (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition) and pendants, as well as gold-tooled accents and border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in blue and pink, tailband gone, headband damaged with some losses ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"76 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) ; "٢١٧" on tail edge of text block.


According to colophon on p.276, copied by the Ottoman historian Mustafa Naima (مصطفى نعيما / Muṣṭafá Naʻīmā, d.1716) with transcription of opening sections completed in the final days of Rajab 1120 [October 1708] ; inscription on front flyleaf (p.1) also indicates that the mecmua is in the hand of Naima, "مجموعۀ نفيسه با خط مرحوم المبرور نعيمآى باهر الفضائل رحمه الله" as does the inscription on the head edge of the text block "مجموعۀ غريبه با خط نعيما افندى" ; date of 1123 [1711 or 12] appears on p.341 and date of 1121 [1709 or 10] appears on p.500.

Ownership and History:

Possible former shelfmarks or sellers' marks on front flyleaf (p.1) "١٥٧" etc. ; ownership statement (likely dated 1286 [1869 or 70] on front flyleaf (p.1) in name of Mustafa Reşit (السيد مصطفى رشيد / Muṣṭafá Rashīd), son of the grand vezir Mehmet Emin Âli Paşa (d.1871), statement reads "من كتب الفقير الى الاء ربه المجيد السيد مصطفى رشيد مخدوم وزير اعظم سيد محمد امين عالى پاشا يسر الله ..." (compare statements 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. 371) ; possible former owner's inscription on opening 'title page' (p.5) in name of Abullah Raşit Efendi "الفقير عبد الله راشد افندى" ; marginal glosses and notabilia (often rubricated) ; later excerpts in other hands, e.g. hand supplying excerpts of p.279, pp.351-359 (where the date 1171 [1757 or 8] appears) and p.524 ff. which may have also supplied the note and excerpts on the front flyleaf and the hand supplying p.426 (where the dates 1133 and 1132 [1719-21] appear), p.428, pp.512-513, etc. which is similar to the hand supplying the text on the verso of the opening leaf (p.4).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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04 Naima, Mustafa, 1655-1716, scribe. 04 نعيما، مصطفى، ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Woodhead, Christine. "Naʿīmā." In EI2,vol. VII, p.917, col. 1Cat. Pers. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p. 693 ff.Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d’images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.

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

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