Isl. Ms. 410


Kitab-ı Husrev Şirin,[892, i.e. 1487].كتاب خسروشيرين,[892ه, 1487م].


Şeyhî,ca. 1373-ca. 1422.شيخي.

Place/Date of Production:



199 leaves :paper ;210 x 155 (150 x 99) mm.


Fine early copy of Şeyhî's celebrated Turkish version of the Persian allegorical romance, Khusraw va Shīrīn.

Other Title(s):

Husrev ü Şirinخسرو وشيرينTitle from inscription on upper board lining:خسرو وشيرين لمولانا شيخىHusrev ŞirinHusrev ve Şirinكتاب اوليا خسروشرين


Turkish poetry--Early works to 1800.
Masnavis, Turkish--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"بحمد الواحد الاحد القديم وبسم الله ذى المين العظيم ..."


"اولا عرش افسرى كرسى سريرى جهان چاكر جهابان دستكيرى"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "تمت بعون الله و حسن التوفيق تحريرا فى الرابع رمضان المبارك سنه اثنى وتسعين وثمانمائة"


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Physical Details:

V-1 (9), 7 V(79), IV (87), 3 V(117), V-2 (125), 7 V(195), 4 (199) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 15 lines per page with written area mainly divided to two columns ; frame-ruled.


Naskh with some elements of nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant hand ; serifless with only slight effect of inclination to the right and of words descending to baseline, contrast in thickness of horizontal and vertical strokes, pointing (two and three dots) mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots, curvilinear descenders, some elongation of horizontal strokes ; extensively vocalized.


Keywords and headings rubricated ; written area (and columns within) surrounded by red rule-border ; simple 'tailpiece' in red consisting of floral motifs based on intersecting arcs within a circle flanks colophon.


European laid paper of two types ; main type with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 32-35 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of scales / balances in circle (round scale) with star on pole above (see p.88, 108, 186, 310, etc. and compare Piccard no.117251 Udine 1479), quite sturdy and well-burnished ; at opening of codex, another type with about 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 37 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of flag with cross on pole (see p.12, 28-29, 42, 48-49, etc. and compare Piccard nos. 122974 and 122975 Ulm 1478 - 1480).


Pasteboards faced in marbled paper (mainly in blue and pink) with dark red leather over spine and edges / turn-ins (marbled paper faced and leather edged framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in untinted paper ; sewn in slate blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in slate blue and cream, only headband remains (and in fair condition) ; overall in somewhat poor condition with significant abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of paper and leather, upper cover and spine material (including spine lining) detaching, etc. ; repair to spine / upper joint in red textile.

Former Shelfmarks:

"493 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.


As appears in colophon on p.397, transcription completed 4 Ramaḍān 892 [ca. 24 August 1487].

Ownership and History:

Two ownership statements on upper board lining in name of Ahmet Ferit ( احمد فريد / Aḥmad Farīd ), a teacher (müderris / مدرس / mudarris) in Istanbul ( دار الخلافة العلية ), "من كتب الفقير احمد فريد المدرس بدار الخلافه العليه ..." ; ownership statement on 'title page' (p.1) in name of one İbrahim bin Mehmet ( ابراهيم بن محمد / Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad ) ; book price on final leaf (p.398).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.165 f.

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

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