Isl. Ms. 393


Takvimü't-tevarih,[ca. 1080, i.e. 1669 or 1670 and 1267, i.e. 1850 or 1851].تقويم التوارخ,[ح. 1080ه، 1669 او 1670م و 1267ه ، 1850 او 1851م].

Place/Date of Production:

[ca. 1669 or 70 and 1850 or 51].


126 leaves :paper ;300 x 210 (230 x 132) mm.


Elegant composite copy of Kâtip Çelebi's collection of chronological tables (through 1059 [1649]) intended as an index to his Fadhlakat al-tawārīkh [فذلكة التواريخ , or Fezleke], with continuation. The chronological tables are preceded by an introduction, followed by tables of the various pre-Islamic (see p.141) and Islamic (see pp.142-147) dynasties, and tables for the Ottoman sultans (see pp.150-156), Şeyhülislam (pp.167-175), Grand Viziers (pp.180-193), etc. and closing matter (pp.209-211). Final entry in the chronological tables is for the year 1277 [1861] with the death of Sultan Abdülmecid I and ascension of Sultan Abdülaziz I (see p.129), though the tables are ruled and headed through the year 1321 [1903-4] (see p.137).

Other Title(s):

Edge title (tail):تقويم التواريخTakvim üt-tevarihTakvim-i tevarih


World history--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Turkish--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Turkey--Kings and rulers--Early works to 1800.
Islamic Empire--Kings and rulers--Early works to 1800.
Turkey--History--Ottoman Empire, 1288-1918--Early works to 1800.


Headpieces (layout features)17th century.


Ottoman Turkish.


Ms. composite codex.
Title from inscription on front flyleaf (p.1) and from closing matter (p.211).


"حمد وثنا وشكر بى انتها اول مبدأ اول جل وعلايه كه فهرست غرايب كاينات وفذلكۀ عجايب واقعات اولان اوراق پر اثمار توارخى ... وبعد چون فن جليل القدر تاريخده فضل وشرف مقرر ... در كتابه وضع تقويم كيفيتى تعليم ومنشأ تواريخى تفهيمده ..."


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"Scribal," reads "تمت الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب سنه ١٢۶۷"


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Physical Details:

i, IV (8), 4 V(48), VI (60), V (70), 2 VI(94), V (104), VI (116), V (126), i ; mainly quinions with a few senions ; several leaves among the chronological tables ruled but left partially or entirely blank (see pp.138-140, pp.148-149, pp.157-166, etc. ); catchwords present ; foliation (begins with table on p.30) in red ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes flyleaves and added leaves at opening).


Written in 19-21 or 29 lines per page (opening matter, i.e. preface and introduction, and khātimah), with tables (جداول) divided to roughly 8-21 rows (in roughly 26-29 lines) and two columns ; frame-ruled.


Nastaʻlīq (talik) ; at least two elegant hands (hand changes at p.96) ; serifless, with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, and elongated horizontal strokes ; headings in many of the tables in a large, elegant naskh.


Elegant illuminated headpiece at opening on p.18 consisting of rectangular piece with empty gold cartouche flanked by floral motifs in gold, pink, lavender, red, and white on grounds of gold and dark blue, surmounted by scalloped dome filled with swirling floral vegetal composition in gold, pink, lavender, red, white and yellow on grounds of dark blue and gold, itself surmounted by vertical stalks (tīgh) in blue, entire piece set in a well of lavender defined by "gold" bands ; written area surrounded by frame consisting of narrow bronze colored band defined by black fillets with outermost red rule, divisions within (for tables) in red rules, in final sections red rules only ; keywords and some headings rubricated, others in blue, green or orange ; textual dividers in the form of gold and red discs.


European laid paper of several types ; main type with 8 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 32-33 mm. apart (horizontal) and three crescents watermark (100 mm. long perpendicular to chains, see p.18, 60, etc.), thick, sturdy, cream in color, well-burnished ; later sections (pp.97-140, 147-208, 215-226, 238 to close) on other papers including one with 8-9 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (vertical) and watermarks of crescent with face in profile in shield and "A" below (see p.98, 100, etc.) and eagle with "GFA" below (see p.102, 114, etc.) also "A G" countermark (see p.150) and double-headed eagle (see p.244, 252, etc.) ; flyleaves and added leaves on still two other papers, one with 6-7 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 27-30 mm. apart (vertical), and crown-star-crescent watermark (71 mm. tall parallel to chains, see p.4, 8, etc.), sturdy and beige in color, the other with 11-12 laid lines per cm. (horizontal), chain lines spaced 16-33 mm. apart (vertical) and watermark of three circles with crown above, cross in top circle (see p.6, etc.).


Pasteboards covered in dark red / maroon leather ; Type III binding (without flap), two-piece binding (seam of overlapping flanges visible at spine) ; board linings and flyleaves in orange surface-dyed European laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry stamped and gold-painted mandorla (filled with vegetal composition, compare Déroche class. OAi) with gold-painted accents and border ; sewn in yellow thread, four stations ; worked chevron endbands in yellow and purple, head and tail damaged (core nearly exposed) ; overall in fair condition with abrasion, staining, lifting of leather, lower cover detaching at split joint, etc.

Former Shelfmarks:

"518 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover.


As appears at close of final table on p.241, transcription of that section completed 1267 [1850 or 51]. Other sections continuing the tables likely date from around the same time, though later additions (by subsequent readers / owners) also appear (see final entry on p.129 dating to 1277 [1861]). Many sections including the opening matter, opening of the chronological and other tables, khātimah, etc. appear to date much earlier, likely the late 17th century given that the chronological matter for these sections ends around 1080 [1669 or 70] (see p.95).

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on 'title page' (p.17) indicating that the book is from the library (kütüphane) of Meclis Müftüsü Hacı Mehmet Rasih Efendizade Yusuf Cemîş [?] Bey ( مجلس مفتسى الحاج محمد راسخ افندى زاده يوسف جميش بك ) ; oval seal impression on p.213 ; occasional glosses and notabilia (side-heads).

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

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Former Owner(s):

08 Hacı Mehmet Rasih Efendizade Yusuf Cemîş Bey, former owner. Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918, former owner. 08 حاجى محمد راسخ افندى زاده يوسف جميش بك, مالك سابق.

In Collection:

Abdul Hamid Collection.


Cat. Turk. MSS. Brit. Mus.,p.33 f.Ḥājjī Khalīfah. Kashf al-ẓunūn (ed. Fluegel),ii 395

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Posted by evyn on August 2, 2012
Tags: Abdul Hamid Collection, Fully Catalogued, Turkish MSS

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