Isl. Ms. 403


[Divan-ı Necâtî Bey,989, i.e. 1581].[ديوان نجاتى بك,989ه, 1581م].


Necâtî Bey,d. 1509.نجاتى بك.

Place/Date of Production:



214 leaves :paper ;268 x 187 (155 x 89) mm.


Elegant copy of the Dīvān of Necâtî Bey (İsa) Edirnevî (d.1509).

Other Title(s):

DivanديوانEdge title (head):ديوان نجاتىEdge title (tail):ديوان نجاتىTitle from colophon on p.427:ديوان نجاتيNecati Bey divanı


Turkish poetry--15th century.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)16th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم اولدى چو عنوان ديوان قديم كلوكز اولالم كه وبى كاه ذاكر لا اله الا الله ..."


"دنيا ايچنده باغ ارم كورمك استين سورسن يوزن مزارنه اول يوجه حضرتك"


"Scribal," rectangular, reads "فرغ من تمت الديوان نجاتي عليه الرحمة فى يوم السبت شهر شعبان المبارك سنه ٩٨٩ تسع وثمانين وتسعمائه عن يد الفقير الحقير شجاع الدين محمد شيرازى"


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Physical Details:

i, 6 IV(48), II (52), 20 IV(212), I (214), ii ; almost exclusively quaternions ; leaves between sections left blank (pp.102-107) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


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


Nastaʻlīq ; elegant hand ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.6, consisting of large rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche surrounded by elegant arabesques with floral accents in gold, red, yellow, and light blue on a lapis lazuli ground and bordered in a bands of red and heavy gold interlace, surmounted by a large scalloped w-shaped piece filled with delicate arabesques in gold, light blue, yellow, red and white on grounds of gold and lapis lazuli divided by bands of white and turquoise to a series of scalloped dome or diamond shapes, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) and set in a well of light blue and gold ; another exquisite illuminated headpiece (rectangular piece surmounted by scalloped dome set in heavy band) at opening of section on p.108 ; written area surrounded by a frame consisting of bands of red, turquoise, and gold defined by black fillets with outermost blue rule, divisions within (some gold-flecked) defined by narrow gold bands outlined with black fillets ; keywords and headings chrysographed ; textual dividers in the form of gold discs.


non-European (likely Persian) laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal, fairly distinct, some curving) and occasional pairs of chain lines only faintly visible, somewhat cloudy formation , some inclusions, quite sturdy, well-burnished, dark cream to beige in color ; later flyleaves in European laid paper ; breakthrough at frames in many leaves ; numerous repairs (fills, guards, etc.).


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; doublures in dark red leather with central mandorla and cornerpieces in gold-painted leather filigree appliqué over blue paper, pendants in black filigree appliqué over gold leaf, as well as gold-painted accents ; upper and lower covers carry stamped (with once gold-painted recessed onlays in dark red leather) mandorla (filled with symmetrical vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OSd 3), pendants, cornerpieces and border lozenges ; design continues on flap ; sewn in dark pink thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, poor condition with tailband entirely gone and headband significantly damaged with losses of threads and core exposed ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, lifting and losses of leather, fore edge flap detaching, etc. ; numerous repairs in another dark red-brown leather (at edges, spine / rebacked, joints, hinges / rehinged, etc.).

Former Shelfmarks:

"229 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on verso of front flyleaf (p.2) ; "٤٠" on front flyleaf (p.1) ; "٦٩٧" on spine label.


As appears in colophon on p.427, copied by Shujāʻ al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī with transcription completed in Shaʻbān 989 [September 1581].

Ownership and History:

Partially effaced ownership statement on opening leaf (left blank to serve as flyleaf, p.3) ; former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.5) include statement in name of Khaṭṭātʹzādah al-Sayyid Yaḥyá Rāʼiq ( Hattatzade [Hatatzade] Yahya Rayik / خطاط زاده السيد يحيى رايق ), statement reads "وحسبى الله ... قد تملك افقر العباد الضعيف خطاط زاده السيد يحيى رائق" and circular seal impression in name of one Ahmet (احمد) ; kabīkaj invocation "يا حفيظ يا كبيكج" and partially effaced ownership statement in name of one Mehmet ( محمد ) on verso of back flyleaf (p.430).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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05 Shujāʻ al-Dīn Muḥammad Shīrāzī, fl. 1581, scribe. 05 شجاع الدين محمد شيرازى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

07 Hattatzade Yahya Rayik, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 07 خطاط زاده يحيى رائق, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.171

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Posted by evyn on January 31, 2011
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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