Isl. Ms. 820


[Tercüme-yi Eşcar ü esmar ,1279, i.e. 1863].[ترجمه اشجار واثمار,1279ه, 1863م].


Bukhārī, ʻAlī Shāh ibn Muḥammad,13th cent.بخاري, علي شاه بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:



166 leaves :paper ;220 x 153 (161 x 81) mm.


Fine copy of Subhizade Hekîmbaşı Abdülaziz Efendî's (d.1783) Turkish rendering of the astrological treatise, Ashjār va as̲mār or S̲amarah-i shajarah-i nujūm, by ʻAlāʼ al-Dīn ʻAlī Shāh ibn Muḥammad ibn Qāsim al-Khuvārizmī al-Bukhārī. Table of contents at opening (pp.2-11).

Other Title(s):

Ashjār va as̲mār.Turkishاشجار و اثمار.TurkishEdge title (tail):اشجار الاثمارTitle from added 'title page' preceding table of contents (p.1):اشجار والاثمارAshjār wa-al-athmārTerceme-i Eşcâr u Esmâr


Astrology--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"حمد سپاس بيحد وقياس اول مالك الملك على الاطلاق وفياض كلشن سراى انفس وافاق تعالى شانه عن الفهم والادراك ... پس ذكراتى تحفۀ لطيف نك مؤلفى اولان نهال حديقۀ علم وعرفان وثمره شجره واتقان وعليشاه ابن قاسم خوارزمى رحمة الله عليه علم حساب ونجومده ممتاز الامثال اولمغله ... فن مذبورده مفصل ومشروح بر نسخۀ بينظر جمع وتعبيه واشجار واثمار اسميله تسميه ايدوب ... ایچون لسان تركى اوزره ترجمه سنه بو عبد العزيز كم بضاعه يى مأمور بيورملريله ..."


"درجه ودقيقه سنده واقع اولمشدر پس عون عنايت ربانى وتوفيق سعادت رفيق سبحانى ايله بو تحفۀ شريفك ترجمه سى رسيده حسن ختام اولمغله تبركا تيمنا در حال اخذ ارتفاع النوب زائچۀ اتمام كشيده وتسطيره قلندى الحمد لله على الاتمام والصلوة والسلام على خير الانام واله وصحبه الكرام ايليه رب الانام بادشهى مستدام كلدى بو تاريخ تمام ترجمه ١١٨٠"


"Authorial," reads "بو تاريخ تمام ترجمه ١١٨٠" ; "Scribal," triangular, reads "حرره الفقير السيد عثمان زكى من تلاميذ بكرى عبد الرحمن افندى غفر عنه البار سنه تاسع وسبعين ومائتين والف شهر ذى الحجه يوم ثامن عشر تمت كتاب"


As appears in opening matter on p.15 (and in added 'title page' inscription preceding table of contents on p.1), translation executed for Sultan Mustafa III (r.1757-1774).


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Physical Details:

i, III (6), 16 V(166), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; final three leaves ruled but left blank ; pagination in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals (begins at opening of table of contents) ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (referenced in cataloguing).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; elegant hand ; serifless, with slight effect of words inclining to the right and descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes.


Most keywords and headings rubricated, others in blue ink ; written area of incipit and facing page (pp.14-15) surrounded by a series of red and blue rules, elsewhere written area surrounded by red rule-border ; numerous line diagrams and tables mainly in red ink (see p.45, 48, 49, 52, 151-2, 179, 184-6, 191, 267-8, 275, 311, and 325) ; overlining in red.


European laid paper with 13 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermarks of an eagle (p.12, etc.) and lion in shield / arms (see p.10, etc.), beige in color, sturdy though crisp, heavily burnished.


Pasteboards covered in red leather ; Type II binding (with flap) ; pastedowns and flyleaves in bright yellow surface-dyed coated paper ; upper and lower covers carry tooled and gold-painted border and corner accents ; sewn in red thread, two stations, many broken ; overall in fair condition with minor abrasion, staining, detached at spine (bulk of the textblock is loose), etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

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As appears in colophon on p.326, copied by Osman Zeki (ʻUthmān Zakī) with transcription completed 18 Dhū al-Ḥijjah 1279 [June 1863]. As appears in preceding authorial colophon (also on p.326) composition completed 1180 [1766 or 7].

Ownership and History:

Inscription "M. 4" on verso of front flyleaf, as well as book price and romanized author and title inscription "Alī-shāh b. al-Qāsim al-Khwārizmī, Kitab al-ashjār wa'l-athmār. Rare! Suter No 396, 80 Piastres" ; traces of a paper label on upper cover ; effaced statement and seal impression on 'title page' (p.13) ; occasional glosses and marginal corrections ; horoscopes (زایچه) for author and translator at close on p.325.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Hekîmbaşı Abdülaziz Efendî,--d. 1783.
05--حكيم باشى عبد العزيز افندى.


07 Osman Zeki, fl. 1863, scribe. 07 عثمان زكى, ناسخ.

Former Owner(s):

Meyerhof, Max, 1874-1945, former owner.

In Collection:

Tracy W. McGregor Collection of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Mathematical and Astronomical Manuscripts.


Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn,i 318 [2/967]Suter, H. Die Mathematiker und Astronomen der Araber und ihre Werke,no. 396Storey, C. Persian Literature,vol. II, p. 61, no. 94King, D. A Survey of the scientific manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library ( Winona Lake, 1986),no. G32 ; no. H31

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Posted by evyn on March 27, 2012
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Tracy W. McGregor Collection, Turkish MSS

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