Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 448

Title:

[al-Kawākib al-durrīyah fī madḥ khayr al-barīyah,16th century?].[الكواكب الدرية في مدح خير البرية,القرن 16م؟].

Author:

Būṣīrī, Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Saʻīd,1213?-1296?بوصيري، شرف الدين محمد بن سعيد.

Place/Date of Production:

[15--?].

Size:

30 leaves :paper ;220 x 150 (132 x 69) mm.

Summary:

Fine copy of al-Būṣīrī's poem in praise of the Prophet accompanied by elucidation in Persian and Turkish.

Other Title(s):

BurdahبردةTitle from inscription on front flyleaf:قصيده برده

Subject(s):

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

Genre:

Headpieces (layout features)16th century.

Language:

Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.

Incipit:

"امن تذكر جيران بذي سلم مزجت دمعا جرى من مقلة بدم ای زیاد صحبت یارانت اندر ذی سلم اشک چشم امیختی با خون روان گرده بهم ..."

Explicit:

" ... واطرب العيس حادي العين بالنغم ... تا برانند اشترانرا بنده گان پر نغم ... اشترمتسه طرب ويردكجه تأثير نغم تم الترجمة بالخير م م"

Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Physical Details:
Collation:

ii, IV-1+1 (8), 2 IV(24), II+2 (30), ii ; almost exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present.

Layout:

Written in 12 lines per page with 6 additional lines of the Turkish elucidation on the diagonal in the outer margin ; three verses of the poem in 6 lines (filling the column width) with each saṭr and ʻajuz to a line) and elucidation in 6 lines (four on the diagonal, two horizontal but centered).

Script:

Naskh and nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant Persianate and Turkish hands ; text of Burdah in a fine Persianate naskh, serifless, with curvilinear descenders and pointing in distinct dots, vocalized ; text of Persian elucidation in a fine nastaʻlīq with characteristic descent of words to baseline and elongation of horizontal strokes ; marginal Turkish elucidation in an elegant nastaʻlīq (talik).

Decoration:

Exquisite (though damaged) frontispiece consisting of a double-page illumination carries the opening verses and elucidation in Persian set-off by cloud-bands, with adjacent scalloped triangular piece (or hasp), elaborate borders (outermost accented with perpendicular stalks [tīgh]), and upper and lower panels all carrying swirling vegetal design in shades of red, blue, lavender, green, white, and gold on fields of black, gold, and lapis lazuli ; written area throughout surrounded by frame in gold and green bands with outermost blue rule ; text of the Burdah mainly chrysographed, with some lines in blue ; textual dividers in the form of illuminated rosettes set off each hemistich ; illuminated floral decoration flanks elucidation in Persian.

Support:

non-European (likely Persianate) laid paper with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (vertical, somewhat distinct) and occasional single chain line visible, thick and sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream in color ; flyleaves and added leaves in European laid paper with 9 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of bird with "G B" below ; much staining and tidelines.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings and narrow hinges in pale orange laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry central rectangular panel filled with gold-tooled and painted semé pattern as well as further accents in gold-tooled rosettes and border consisting of a series of s-shaped stamps with flanking gold-painted fillets ; now sewn in pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, fairly good condition ; overall in good condition minor abrasion, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Slip of wove paper with notes in pencil "448 (Kasidat) al-Burdah Poem by al-Busiri 16th cent."

Former Shelfmarks:

"239 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf ; "122" inscribed in pencil on 'title page.'

Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; decoration, hand, paper, etc. would suggest 16th century.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on added leaf at opening in name of one Seyit Ahmet, müderris in the school of Hüseyin Paşa in Bursa, accompanied by a virtually obliterated oval seal impression ; statement reads "تملكه الفقير الى بر ربه القدير السيد احمد المدرس في مدرسه حسين پاشا در بروسه عفي عنه" ; marginal glosses and occasional notabilia (side heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Scribe(s):

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Former Owner(s):

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

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.

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

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