Isl. Ms. 387


Hadikatü's-süadâ,[16th century].حديقة السعداء,[القرن 16م].



Place/Date of Production:



277 leaves :paper ;231 x 155 (150 x 78) mm.


Elegant copy of Fuzulî's rendering of the suffering of the prophets, particularly Imām Ḥusayn in the tragedy at Karbalāʼ, drawn from Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ Kāshifī's Rawz̤at al-shuhadāʼ, a Persian martyrology of ʻAlī and his family.

Other Title(s):

Ḥadīqat al-suʻadāحديقة السعداءEdge title (tail):كتاب حديقة السعداءHadikatüssuadaHadikat üs-süadâ


Suffering--Religious aspects--Islam--Early works to 1800.
Karbalāʼ, Battle of, Karbalāʼ, Iraq, 680--Poetry--Early works to 1800.
Muslim martyrs--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Imams (Shiites)--Biography--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpiece (layout features)16th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription on 'title page' (p.3).


"رب اشرح لى صدرى ويسر لى امرى واحلل عقدة من لسانى يفقهوا قولي يا رب ره عشقكده بنى شيدا قيل احكام عبادتك بكا اجرا قيل ..."


"تصدق قلوب بو ثوابي داخى موجب مزيد حسنات بيله لر تم"


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Physical Details:

i, 34 IV(272), II+1 (277) ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf).


Written in 15 lines per page ; written area occasionally divided to two columns to set off poetry interspersed throughout.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant hand ; serifless with effect of words descending to baseline, elongation of horizontal strokes, mainly closed counters, pointing in distinct dots.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān) at opening on p.(4) consisting of small rectangular piece carrying opening line in set off by gold cloud-bands, surmounted by large rectangular piece surrounded in a heavy border and filled with empty gold cartouche and accents evoking bookcover design overlaid with swirling floral vegetal pattern in red, blue, yellow, gold, etc. on fields of lapis lazuli and gold, surmounted by triangular piece or hasp set in a rectangular piece with same swirling floral vegetal pattern on fields of lapis lazuli and gold, all surmounted by a series of vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue with red accents ; written area of incipit and facing page surrounded by heavy frame in a series of gold, green, red and blue bands ; keywords of incipit and facing page in blue or chrysographed ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of gold band with outermost blue rule ; headings, keywords and some excerpts rubricated.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with roughly 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical or horizontal, quite indistinct) and faint irregular chain lines occasionally visible, cloudy formation, some inclusions, quite sturdy though fairly thin and transluscent, beige in color, well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in dark maroon leather ; Type II binding (with flap), two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; doublures (board linings) in marbled paper (in pink, orange, and dark blue on white) with hinges in another marbled paper (in red, light blue and green on white) ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (with black recessed onlays) and gold-painted scalloped mandorla in black and gold (filled with vegetal composition compare Déroche class. OAi 8) and incised and gold-painted pendants, as well as gold-tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps framed by fillets ; design continues with rosette and border on envelope flap ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and cream (or pale yellow), fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"359 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf (p.1).


Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, hand, paper, etc. suggest 16th century. Ownership statement at close on p.553 referring to Cığalzade Yusuf Sinan Paşa (d.1604) as vezir would seem to indicate a rough terminus ante quem of 1583-1596, i.e. the time of his vezirship prior to being appointed grand vezir.

Ownership and History:

Several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.3) including circular seal impression, oval seal impression ( in name of السيد محمد نظيف [?]) and octagonal seal impression accompanying ownership statement in name of one al-Sayyid Ḥamd Allāh, known as Shahsavārʹzādah (Seyit Hamdullah Şehsevârzade ), statement reads "هذا كتاب حديقة السعداء للسيد حمد الله الشهير بشهسوار زاده عفى عنه" ; statements on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) dated 22 Rajab 1261 [ca. 27 July 1845] and 1 [?] Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1265 [ca. 18 September 1849]) ; ownership statement accompanied by almond-shaped seal-impression following close on p.553 in name of one Hasan Çavuş ( حسن چاوش ), herald of the vezir Cığalzade Sinan Paşa (d.1605), statement reads "صاحب هو الفقير حسن چاوش دركاه عالى سرچاوشان سنان پاشا جغال زاده وزير مكرم" ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

04--Kāshifī, Ḥusayn Vāʻiẓ,--d. 1504 or 5.--Rawz̤at al-shuhadā.
04--كاشفي، حسين واعظ.--روضة الشهداء.


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Former Owner(s):

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

Related Works:

Rawz̤at al-shuhadā.روضة الشهداء.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.p. 39 f.Karahan, Abdülkadir. "Fuḍūlī , Muḥammad b. Sulaymān," EI2,vol. II, p. 937, col. 1

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

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