Isl. Ms. 240


[Calligraphic specimen,1195, i.e. 1780 or 1781].[مرقع حسن الخط,1195ه، 1780 او 1781م].

Place/Date of Production:

[Istanbul?,1780 or 1781].


11 panels :paper ;170 x 245 (110 x 183) mm.


Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ / murakkaa) in this case a meșk murakkaa or album of meșkler (exercises) employing first (in seventeen kıt'alar) the principal alphabetic exercises (müfredat) and closing with three kıt'alar of mürekkebat exercises employing the alpha-numeric system (abjad / abced hesabı) and a prayer.

Other Title(s):

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Calligraphy, Arabic--Specimens.
Writing, Arabic--Specimens.
Islamic calligraphy--Specimens.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer.


"رب يسر ولا تعسر رب تمم بالخير ا ب ت ج ح د ز ذ ر س ش ص ط ع و ..."


"وتبارك اسمك وتعالى جدك وجد ثناؤك ولا اله غيرك"


"مشقه اضعف العباد السيد مصطفى الهاشمى المعروف بقاضى زاده سنه ١١٩٥ه"


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Physical Details:

Eleven 'panels' hinged together with tan leather.


Written in four lines per page ; two large lines thuluth and two smaller centered lines in naskh, constituting two distinct streams of text


Fine specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; in thuluth (sülüs) and naskh (nesih).


Written area (and divisions within) surrounded by gold frame set off by black and white fillets ; written area set into a frame of tinted paper (colors of facing panels match).


Written area on well-burnished laid paper, pieced, set into an elaborate frame in several different laid papers (pale peach-tinted, pink-tinted, light blue-tinted, orange-tinted, etc. with colors of facing panels matching) and mounted.


Pasteboards faced in gold-flecked, pale yellow paper and framed in tan leather (covering board edges / turn-ins and likely spine at one time) now with dark purple leather (and Japanese paper repair) over spine (leather edged framed binding) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; opens vertically ; board linings in magenta paper ; gold rule-borders on leather edging ; overall in fairly good condition ; repairs in Japanese paper ; occasional repair to hinges in same dark purple leather.

Former Shelfmarks:

"550 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" in pencil on upper board lining ; "107" in pencil on recto of opening panel.


As appears at close, executed by Mustafa el-Haşimî known as Kadızade in 1195 [1780 or 1].

Ownership and History:

Inscriptions in pencil "550 T. D. M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" on upper board lining and "39" on recto of opening panel ; clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner.

In calligrapher:

07 Kadızade Mustafa Haşimî, fl. 1780, calligrapher. 07 قاضى زاده مصطفى الهاشمى، خطاط.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Derman, M. Uğur. "The Art of Turkish calligraphy." In Letters in gold : Ottoman calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı collection, Istanbul. (New York : Metropolitian Museum of Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, c1998):2-44.

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Posted by evyn on April 24, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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