Isl. Ms. 677


İskendername,[16th century?].اسكندرنامه,[القرن 16م؟].



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95 leaves :paper ;310 x 215 (208 x 133) mm.


Fine copy of the work by the renowned Ottoman poet Ahmedî on the life and deeds of Alexander the Great, expanding on the features of the legend as they appear in Firdawsī and Niẓāmī with many philosophical digressions and ending with a sketch of Islamic history concluding with an important versified history of the Ottomans.

Other Title(s):

İskender-nameاسكندر نامه


Turkish poetry.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Alexander,--the Great,--356-323 B.C.--Poetry.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title from inscriptions on 'title page' (p.1).


"ذكر بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم قامونسدن [قامونسنه] بزه كيدر اى حكيم هر كيمككم يولداشى توفيق اولا هرنه سوزكم سويليا تحقيق اولا"


"خيرله اولسون دني عقبيده شاد احمديى هر كه ايده خيرله ياد"


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Physical Details:

2 IV(16), VII (30), 2 IV(46), V (56), VI (68), V+1 (79), V (89), IV-2 (95) ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (skips two pages between pp.167-168).


Written in 21 lines per page with written area divided to four columns and two lines of verse per line, for 42 lines of verse per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh ; compact, elegant, Turkish hand ; virtually serifless with very slight tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, occasional sweeping tails on qāf, etc., freely ligatured, pointing in strokes and distinct dots.


Keywords and section headings rubricated ; some section headings in green-blue ; written area and columns within surrounded by red rule-border.


European laid paper of perhaps two types ; mainly with 9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 28 mm. apart (vertical), and anchor (two line) in circle with star above watermark (see p.40, 46, 56, 60, 100, etc.) ; another type with 9-10 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 29 mm. apart (vertical), and watermark of font with lid and cross [leaf] (or cardinal’s mitre / chapeau) (see p.26 and compare Chapeau nos. 3447, etc. in Briquet, Les Filigranes, Chapeau nos.2-8 in Velkov, Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans and nos. 31-32 in Nikolaev, Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, vol. 1) ; sturdy and well-burnished.


Pasteboards covered in now dull yellow European laid paper (three crescent watermark visible) with red leather over spine and fore edge flap ; Type II binding (with flap) ; board linings in marbled paper in blue and cream yellow ; sewn in cream thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in cream and pink, significant losses at head and tail ; overall in somewhat poor condition with significant staining and abrasion, losses to upper board at lower corner, upper cover fully detached at spine, lifting and losses of leather, foreedge flap detaching at lower cover, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Inventory cataloguing slip in hand of Winifred Smeaton Thomas. -- b. Acquisitions slip from Yahuda.

Former Shelfmarks:

From 'title page,' "IL 414" (likely supplied by Yahuda, see acquisitions slip).


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

Ownership and History:

Several former owners' marks on 'title page' (p.1) including a virtually effaced oval seal impression, an ownership statement opening "من كتب الفقير..." with owner's name effaced, in purple ink the large crescent-shaped stamp of Maktabat al-Shahbāʼ, Ḥalab, (also on p.3), a possible former inventory mark with "٢٧", etc. ; further effaced statements and seal impressions appear on incipit and facing page (pp.2-3) ; seal impression is repeated on p.51 ; effaced seal impression at close on p.186 ; occasional marginal corrections.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Yahuda Collection.


Brit. Mus. Cat. Turkish MSS.,p.162Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn (ed. Fluegel),i 285, no. 684Velkov, Asparouh. Les Filigranes dans les documents Ottomans: divers types d'images. Sofia: Éditions "Texte - A. Trayanov", 2005.Nikolaev, Vsevolod. Watermarks of the mediaeval Ottoman documents in Bulgarian libraries. In Watermarks of the Ottoman Empire, volume 1. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1954.

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Posted by evyn on March 26, 2012
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS, Yahuda Collection

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