Isl. Ms. 871


Ruzname-yi hazret-i Şeyh Vefa,[17th century?].روزنامۀ حضرت شيخ وفاء,[القرن 17م؟].


Vefa,Şeyh,d. 1490..شيخ وفاء.

Place/Date of Production:



8 leaves :paper ;207 x 141 (157 x 113) mm. bound to 212 x 148 mm.


Fine copy of the calendar or almanac of Şeyh Vefa (Muslihittin Mustafa, d.1490) comprised mainly of tables for calendar conversion, etc. with instructions in Turkish.

Other Title(s):

Ruzname-i-Hazret-i-Sheykh Vefa


Islamic calendar--Early works to 1800.
Perpetual calendars--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated heading at opening on p.2.


"اكر يكشنبه حرفندن غفلت اولنور ..."


"احتراز لازمدر رياضتدن وسوار اولمقدن الله اعلم"


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Physical Details:

ix, IV (8), ix ; nine blank added leaves (including flyleaves) inserted before and after leaves carrying the text ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, center of lower margin on the recto of each leaf only ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (does not include added leaves).


Varies though each page after opening with circular diagrams (see p.2) typically with 5 lines of text above table and a varying numer of lines adjacent to table ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; compact Turkish hand ; mainly serifless with slight effect of tilt to the left, many closed counters, curvilinear descenders, pointing (for two and three dots) mainly in strokes rather than distinct dots, freely ligatured.


Simple 'headpieces' carry headings for most of the tables, consisting of rectangular pieces with cartouches set in fields of green, blue or red ; written area surrounded by triple rule-border in red and black ; keywords, headings and some numerals and symbols (in tables and diagrams) rubricated ; consisting mainly of tables and diagrams.


European laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26-27 mm. apart (horizontal), and countermark "V G" under trefoil visible (see p.6, etc.) ; pastedowns/flyleaves and added leaves in a much later laid paper.


Boards covered in mauve cloth with red-brown leather over spine and board corners (half binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in untinted laid paper ; spine carries raised bands and is gold-stamped "RUZNAME-I-HAZRET-I-SHEYKH VEFA" ; sewn in white thread, eight stations, rather tightly bound ; stuck-on endbands in yellow ; head edge gilt ; overall in fairly good condition.

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 20


Lacks dated colophon though discussion of diagrams on p.3 address the years 1064-1066 [1653-6] ; paper, etc. suggests 17th century ; dated birth notice on p.15 provides rough terminus ante quem of 1712.

Ownership and History:

Several birth notices with details of the time of birth on final leaf, in margin of p.15 for a son (dated 9 Ṣafar 1124 [1712]) and on p.16 for two daughters (one for a daughter Emine / امينه [?] dated 24 Rabīʻ I 1193 [April 1779], the other for a daughter Ayşe / عايشه dated 13 [?] Ṣafar 1195 [Februrary 1781]) ; other excerpts and effaced statements on final leaf (p.16) ; gloss for each table in outer ruled margin (under rubricated heading ملحمه).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Nuttall, Frank E., 1875-1943, former owner.

In Collection:

F. E. Nuttall Collection.


Brit. Mus. Cat. Turkish MSS,p. 122bKing, D. A Survey of the scientific manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library (Winona Lake, 1986),no. H2

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Posted by evyn on February 2, 2011
Tags: F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS

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