Isl. Ms. 369


Ahsenü'l-hadîs,[18th century?].احسن الحديث,[القرن 18م؟].


Okçuzade Mehmet Şahî,d. 1629.اوقجى زاده محمد شاهى.

Place/Date of Production:



154 leaves :paper ;206 x 118 (139 x 60) mm.


Fine copy of the elegant versification with prose commentary of forty ḥadīth by Okçuzade Mehmet Şahî Bey (d.1629).

Other Title(s):

Title from inscription on front flyleaf verso:حديث اربعينHadis-i erbainEdge title (tail):احسن الحديثAhsen ül-hadis


Hadith--Texts--Early works to 1800.
Hadith--Criticism, interpretation, etc.--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from opening matter on p.6.


"الحمد لله الذى نزل احسن الحديث ومن اصدق من الله حديثا ... اما بعد وقتا كه نظم بو ضعيف ومقصر ومكتر اوقجى زاده محمد افقر ... و بعد توفيق الاتمام بو مجموعه براعت اتسام احسن الحديث اسمى ايله وسم اولنمق ..."


"طلب دعاء اجابت قرين وجناب ستار العيوبدن در يوزۀ بهرۀ واجعل لى لسان صدق في الاخرين در رباعيه ... در عيب نظر مكن كه بى عيب خداست تمت م م م"


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Physical Details:

i, 15 V(150), II (154), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.


Written in 21 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; clear Turkish hand ; serifless with slight inclination to the left, elongation of horizontal strokes, many closed counters, pointing in conjoined dots ; opening (p.2) and pp.19-20 supplied in another nastaʻlīq (talik), serifless, with inclination to the right and slight effect of words descending to baseline, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.


Keywords, headings and some abbreviation symbols (mainly signes de renvoi), marginalia and vocalization rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of red discs ; occasional overlining in red ; written area surrounded by a heavy copper colored frame defined by black fillets and outermost red rule.


European laid paper mainly with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 27-28 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of grapes (raisin) under crown (see p.4, 8, 10, 30, 250, etc.) and "DE IZERON" (see p.6, 16, etc.), crisp and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished ; flyleaves in another European laid paper with 6 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 22-23 mm. apart (horizontal), and three crescents watermark ; some staining.


Pasteboards covered in quite dark brown (to black) leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in yellow-tinted silver-flecked paper, flyleaves in untinted silver-flecked paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (with orange recessed onlays, gold-painted) scalloped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. NSd 7), pendants and cornerpieces, with tooled rosette and gold-painted accents as well as tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps evoking guilloché roll ; design continues on envelope flap ; sewn in blue-green thread, two stations ; overall in poor condition with upper cover fully detached, spine split through in several places, endbands virtually gone (only small section of core and primaries remains at tail), abrasion and losses of media, lifting and losses of leather, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Former Shelfmarks:

"۱٦٨" from label affixed to upper cover ; "341 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest 18th century.

Ownership and History:

Possible former inventory mark on front flyleaf verso "٢٠" ; extensive marginal corrections in a later hand.

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.


Woodhead, Christine. "Oḳču-zāde, Meḥmed Shāh Beg." In EI2,vol. VIII, p.164, 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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