By Jan Schmidt
Throughout the 600 years of its lifestyles, innumerable of manuscripts with, in most cases, Turkish texts have been produced within the Ottoman Empire. those are more often than not preserved in libraries within the international locations that when have been a part of that prolonged empire; a lesser variety of such manuscripts had their beginning in relevant Asia, Persia and India. From the 16th century specifically, curiosity for those handwritten books elevated in Europe and located their option to the libraries of students, ebook creditors and universities. the toilet Rylands collage Library is one such repository of Turkish manuscripts of either Ottoman and wider Asian provenance. almost all these manuscripts, between which a few detailed, infrequent and luxuriously produced goods, have been initially accrued through a wealthy mine proprietor, the twenty fifth Earl of Crawford. during this ebook, the gathering is for the 1st time defined in an in depth and systematic method.
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H. H. uit gaet en dan warden aengenoomen (sevdin yattt (? ) ... speulman (kuspba~t (= drummer), ... ,a strong manpictured is a man in full armour on horseback preceded by a servant on foot who is carrying an axe; hills in the background); 168a (170) triachi die opium eet (tiryakl, [one] who eats opium); 169a (171) ]ahoudi ]oode brillen vercooper (Yahudl, a Jewish seller of spectacles). Bound in embossed dark brown leather; white and light brown paper; damp stains and discolouration on upper and lower edges, occasionally rendering descriptions illegible; (4)+170+(4) in European sequence; occasional Oriental foliation; 196x145 mm; the year of 1660 occurs on f.
C£ DNB IV (1908), pp. 413-4. 43 C£ DNB XIV (1909), pp. 1255-6. 44 Jean- Louis Bacque-Grammont, Sinan Kuneralp et alii, Representants permanents de la France en Turquie (1536-1991) et de la Turquie en France (1797-1991) (Paris & Istanbul1991), p. 45. 45 His library was sold in a public auction in Paris in 1843, 1846 and 1847, c£ Bibliotheque de M le baron Silvestre de Sacy ... Tome troisieme, manuscrits-tables generales (Paris 1842). 46 C£ Nouvelle Biographie Generale depuis les temps les plus recules jusqu'a nos }ours 41 (Paris 1866), pp.
MS No. 22, dating from the late eighteenth century, a rather tattered item which contains mostly texts of poems and litanies with musical annotations was copied by a Mevlevi dervish, probably for use by himself or his fellows in the tekke to which he belonged. MS No. 38 shows an equally worn appearance. It is a collection of short works of popular divination, which was probably copied by the owner Mu~tara Cebeci (the 'Armourer') for his own use. MS No. 81, an anthology of poems, also extremely well thumbed out, was made by a certain Ya~ya, an obscure seventeenth century poet, probably of Istanbul, who used the pen-names of Va'di and ijali and he might well have read poems from it to his friends.