Isl. Ms. 385


Mir'âtü's-safâ,[1262, i.e. 1846].مرآت الصفا,[1262ه، 1846م].


Karaçelebizade Abdülaziz,1591-1658.قره چلبي زاده عبد العزيز.

Place/Date of Production:



73 leaves :paper ;245 x 140 (155 x 70) mm.


Elegant copy of the work on the sīrah of the Prophet by Karaçelebizade Abdülaziz Efendi (d.1658).

Other Title(s):

Mir'âtü's-safâMirât üs-safâمرآة الصفاء


Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Muḥammad,--Prophet,--d. 632--Early works to 1800.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening on p.3 and close on p.143.


"پیشكاه باركاه كبريا بيناهيه [بى نهايه] از سرا جلال وتعظيم حمد وسپاس بى قياس تقديم اولنوب ... حقير قره چلبي زاده عبد العزيز فقير اولدركه بو ايام فاضلۀ ... مناقب سعادت عواقب رسل كرام ... فرائد الفوائد مرآت الصفا نام نام درج الدررده اولنوب ..."


"بو مختصر رسالۀ مرآت الصفا بهم نشيدۀ شيرازۀ جمع وتنميق اولمق ... زبان عبد فقير كوهركش رشتۀ اولديغى الفوايح النبويه فى السير المصطفويه نام كتاب صحت نصاب عمدۀ اهتمامنه تحميل اولندى والله يهدى الى سواء السبيل وهو حسبى ونعم الوكيل"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على سيدنا محمد سيد الاولين والآخرين وعلى اله واصحابه وعترته الطاهرين وعلى سائر الانبياء والمرسلين وقد وقع الفراغ عن التحرير والتزبير بعون الله الملك القدير راسخ زاده حفيدى مصطفى عاصم غفر الله ذنوبهم وستر عيوبهم فى اوائل صفر الخير المنسلك بسلك سنه اثنى وستين ومائتين بعد الالف"


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Physical Details:

V+1 (11), 6 V(71), I (73) ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


Written in 25 lines per page, occasionally divided to two columns to set off verses ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; compact, elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, elongated horizontal strokes, pointing in conjoined dots ; partially vocalized.


Keywords, section headings and notabilia rubricated.


non-European laid paper with roughly 7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, somewhat distinct, curved) and no chain lines visible, cloudy formation, inclusions visible, crisp and sturdy, highly sized and burnished to glossy, buff colored.


Pasteboards covered in light brown leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in dark red leather with gold-painted central mandorla and pendants ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition compare Déroche class. NSd 7), pendants and cornerpieces along with tooled border in gold ; sewn now in light brown thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and pink, good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, moisture damage, lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, etc. ; repairs to fore edge flap in recycled finished leather (gold-painted and tooled), repair to spine in black leather, fill for onlay of cornerpiece in upper cover from recycled finished leather (stamped), rehinged ; cover likely much earlier than transcript / text block and here recycled.

Former Shelfmarks:

"348 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on 'title page' (p.2).


As appears in colophon on p.144, copied by Mustafa Asım, grandson of Rasihzade (Rasihzade Hafîdi Mustafa Asım), with transcription completed in the first part of Ṣafar 1262 [January 1846].

Ownership and History:

Possible former inventory mark and traces of oval seal impressions on 'title page' (p.1) ; glosses and marginal corrections ; notabilia (sideheads), usually rubricated.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Rasihzade Hafidi Mustafa Asım, fl. 1846, scribe. 05 راسخ زاده حفيدى مصطفى عاصم, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn (ed. Fluegel),ii 1294

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

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