Isl. Ms. 859


Haza Divan-ı Vahhab-i Ümmî,[late 18th century?].هذا ديوان وهاب امى,[اواخر القرن 18م؟].


Vahhab-i Ümmî Abdülvahab,d. 1595.وهاب امى عبد الوهاب.

Place/Date of Production:



172 leaves :paper ;227 x 165 (165 x 99) mm.


Fine copy of the dīvān of Vahib-i Ümmî (Vahibi, Vahhab-i Ümmî) Abdülvahab (d.1595).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):ديوان واهبى امىTitle from inscription adjacent to heading at opening on p.2:ديوان وهاب امىDivan-ı Vahhab-ı ÜmmîDivan-ı Vahib-i ÜmmîDivan-ı Vehhab-i Ümmî


Turkish poetry--16th century.
Sufi poetry, Turkish--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscription accompanying waqf statement on 'title page' (p.1).


"كوزك اوج جانله دكله منزه پادشاهم بن ..."


"واهب امى يو قلغنك وارلغندن سويلر سكا توحيد بكا شاهديز كشف اللهدن كلورز بيز"


"Scribal," triangular, reads "كتبه الفقير الحقير محمد حسنى غفر الله له ولوالديه ولجميع المؤمنين والمؤمنات برحمتك يا ارحم الراحمين"


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Physical Details:

16 V(160), VI (172), i (pasted to lower board lining) ; quinions followed by a senion ; catchwords present ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, every other page, with pagination of remaining pages supplied much later during digitization (due to misplacement of bifolia when codex was paginated, skips from p.62 to 83 with leaves paginated 63-82 are now properly found between p.342-343).


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


Naskh ; clear Turkish hand in a bold line ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on occasional lām, even free-standing alif, effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, open and closed counters, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots ; fully vocalized.


Written area (and divisions within) surrounded by double rule-border in red.


European laid paper with roughly 12 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 20-21 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of lion rampant guardant (see p.12, 14, 24, etc.) and "G V" ["V G"] countermark (see p.15, 26, 32, etc., likely Valentino Galvani, see pp.88-89 in Walz, "The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan" and compare Eineder nos.986, 987, etc. though here with different lion motif), thin though sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in dark red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; upper board lining now in recycled paper (printed "waste") ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, now difficult to make out, with onlays gone to green where still present), pendant and cornerpieces, as well as tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in pink thread, two stations ; overall in poor condition with losses of onlays, abrasion, some staining, lifting and losses of leather, etc. ; repair to spine in black cloth / textile (rebacked) ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with notes in hand of Eleazar Birnbaum, "Author: VĀHIB-i UMMĪ, also called VĀHIBĪ | Title: [? DĪVĀN] | Religious poetical works in Ottoman Turkish. The author is not well-known. His name is wrongly written VAHHĀB-i UMMĪ in a later hand on fly leaf. A waqf note dated 1107 AH (1696 AD) on fly leaf. The writing seems 16th-17th cent. E Birnbaum June 1964" -- b. Slip with description (in hand of E. Husselman ?) "Wahhab i Ummi. Dīvān. Turkish MS. BMC. Turk. MSS. has Dīvān of Vāhibī in a MS. of mixed contents, & it may be the same person ; very uncertain. | n. f. anywhere"

Former Shelfmarks:

Mich. Isl. Ms. temp. no. 8


According to 'colophon' on p.344 (in a different hand that the bulk of the text), copied by Muḥammad Ḥusnī (Mehmet Husni). Date of transcription not specified ; paper, etc. would suggest late 18th century and waqf statement on 'title page' (p.1) provides a terminus ante quem of 1793.

Ownership and History:

Inscription with title and author on 'title page' (p.1) "Wahhāb-i Ummī. Dīvān" ; also on 'title page' (p.1) waqf statement in name of al-Sayyid Ibrāhīm (السيد ابراهيم / Seyit İbrahim) dated 15 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1207 [ca. 24 July 1793] ; on p.343, dated statement of completion for collation / foliation corresponds to date in waqf statement 1207 [1793] "تمت ۱۲۰۷" ; statement at close in name of Derviş Şeyh İbrahim Dede ( درويش شيخ ابراهيم دده ) ; fairly clean copy.

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.


Walz, Terence. "The paper trade of Egypt and the Sudan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and its re-export to the Bilad as-Sudan." In The trans-Saharan book trade: manuscript culture, Arabic literacy, and intellectual history in Muslim Africa. Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Eds. (Leiden : Brill, 2011):73-108.Eineder, Georg. The ancient paper-mills of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and their watermarks. Hilversum, Holland: Paper Publications Society, 1960.

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Posted by evyn on March 9, 2011
Tags: F. E. Nuttall Collection, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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