Isl. Ms. 850


[Divan-ı Atayi ve Divan-ı Nizâmî,17th century?].[ديوان عطايى وديوان نظامى,القرن 17م؟].


ʻAṭā'ī, ʻAṭā Allāh ibn Yaḥyā,17th cent..عطاء الله بن يحيى المعروف بنوعى زاده

Place/Date of Production:



84 leaves :paper ;198 x 116 (126 x 63) mm.


Elegant copy of the Turkish dīvāns of two Ottoman poets, Nevizade Atayi Ataullah bin Yahya (d.1635) and Karamanlı Nizâmî (Şeyh Nizamettin b. Veliettin of Karaman, fl. 15th cent.).

Other Title(s):

Title from illuminated headpiece at opening on p.6:ديوان عطايىTitle from illuminated headpiece at opening on p.72:ديوان نظامىDivan-ı Nizâmî


Turkish poetry--15th century.
Turkish poetry--17th century.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloguer from inscription on 'title page' (p.5).


[Divan-ı Atayi] "يينه عزم رزم قلدى سرور خاور كنش كم ديار هنده چكدى صبحدم لشكر كنش" ; [Divan-ı Nizâmî] "يا اشرف البرية يا سيد الوري اعلى الاله ذاتك قدرا ومنزلا "


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1. p.6-p.69 : Divan-ı Atayi / Nevizade Atayi Ataullah bin Yahya.
2. p.70-p.71 : [blank].
3. p.72-p.170 : Divan-ı Nizâmî / Karamanlı Nizâmî.
4. p.171-p.172 : [blank].

Physical Details:

ii, IV (8), V (18), IV (26), V (36), IV (44), V (54), IV (62), V (72), IV (80), II (84), i ; alternating quinions and quaternions ; leaves between the two works (pp.70-71) and at close (pp.171-172) ruled but left blank ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves).


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


Naskh ; compact, bold Turkish hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with right-sloping head-serifs on occasional ascenders (even free-standing alif), effect of tilt to the left, curvilinear descenders, freely ligatured, pointing (for two and three dots) in strokes rather than distinct dots, with three dots represented by a c-shaped stroke.


Splendid illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of Divan-ı Atayi on p.6 consisting of rectangular piece with small gold cartouches carrying the title "ديوان عطايى" in black surrounded by swirling arabesques with floral accents in gold, light blue, and black on a lapis lazuli / cobalt ground, bordered in heavy gold band with delicate floral vegetal pattern in blue and black as well as narrower blue and gold bands defined by black fillets, entire piece surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; another exquisite illuminated headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening of Divan-ı Nizâmî on p.72 consisting of rectangular piece carrying the title "ديوان نظامى" in black surrounded by delicate swirling arabesques with floral accents in gold, black, and light blue on grounds of gold and lapis lazuli / cobalt, entire piece bordered in a narrow gold band defined by black fillets and surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue ; written area throughout surrounded by a gold frame defined by black fillets ; keywords and headings chrysographed.


non-European (likely Persian or Indian) laid paper with 7 laid lines per cm. (mainly vertical but occasionally horizontal) and occasional chain lines visible, crisp and transluscent though sturdy, well-burnished to glossy, some leaves tinted pink or yellow ; flyleaves in European laid paper ; staining and tidelines.


Pasteboards (thin) covered in brown leather once edged in black leather (see traces on lower cover) ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings (doublures) in once marbled paper (mainly pink, yellow, etc.) ; upper and lower covers carry tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps, originally in gold over black leather, now lost from many areas ; sewn in dark blue thread, two stations ; worked chevron endbands in pink and yellow, fairly good condition ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, staining, moisture damage, lifting of leather, etc. ; spine repair in black leather (overlaping flanges visible).

Accompanying Materials:

Slip with description and price of this manuscript cut from a seller's catalog "[ARABIC MANUSCRIPT]. ATTAYI. Divan, or Collection of poems. 84 leaves, double column, headings and titles in solid gold, each poem and page within heavily gilt borders, 2 'unwans in blue and gold. 20 by 11.2 cm., 12mo, contemporary goatskin. Arabia, xviii century. $17.50 Fine calligraphic example, charmingly executed. On the last blank leaf is a detailed flowered ornamental pencil outline in prepared for the illuminator, of interest as showing the method of work."

Former Shelfmarks:

"46 . 47" in black ink on cover label.


Lacks dated colophon ; paper, decoration, etc. would suggest 17th century ; dated seal impression can suggest only a very rough terminus ante quem of 1765.

Ownership and History:

"SS" gold-stamped in lower cover ; former owners' marks include small circular seal impression with scalloped edge and inscription "ما شا الله ..." , inscription in Armenian dated 1833 in name of Mesrovp Dawt‘ean T‘ałiadean (Mesrop Tʻaghiadyan) who has gifted the book to Ałay Jasanay (Agha Tzasanah) "Աղայ Ձասանայ Երևանցւոյ ՝ի նշան սիրոյ նուիրեաց Մեսրովպ Դաւթեան Թաղիատեան / Ałay Jasanay Erewanc‘woy i nšan siroy nwireac‘ Mesrovp Dawt‘ean T‘ałiadean" (characterization and transcription provided by A. Vacca), and statement and large oval seal impression dated 1179 [1765 or 6] on 'title page' (p.5) in name of al-Ḥājj Muṣṭafá Ṣidqī (الحاج مصطفى صدقى / Hacı Mustafa Sıdki), inscription in seal reads "من متملكات الفقير الحاج مصطفى صدقى غفر له" ; floral vegetal design penciled on back flyleaf (p.174) ; also on back flyleaf, acquisitions details in pencil "MS + Papyri Rm. | Stephen Spaulding Mem Coll | Dawson | 3-1-43 | SS1852" ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

05--Karamanlı Nizâmî,--15th cent.--Divan.
05--قرمانلى نظامى,--ديوان.
Divan-ı Nizâmî


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Former Owner(s):

Tʻaghiadyan, Mesrop D. (Mesrop Davtʻi), 1803-1858, former owner. Agha Tsasanah, fl. 1833, former owner.

In Collection:

Stephen Spaulding Collection.


Türk dili ve edebiyatı ansiklopedisi (1977),v.7 p.43-45Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-Turkīyah al-ʻUthmānīyah allatī iqtanatʹhā Dār al-Kutub al-Qawmīyah mundhu ʻām 1870 ḥattá nihāyat 1980,v.2, p.82-83, no.1841Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.195 f.Türk dili ve edebiyatı ansiklopedisi (1977),v. 7 p.73-74Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-Turkīyah al-ʻUthmānīyah allatī iqtanatʹhā Dār al-Kutub al-Qawmīyah mundhu ʻām 1870 ḥattá nihāyat 1980,v.2, p.103, no.1933Bardakjian, K. A reference guide to modern Armenian literature, 1500-1920 : with an introductory history.p. 521

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Posted by evyn on July 25, 2012
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Stephen Spaulding MSS, Turkish MSS

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