Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Turkish MS 4 (The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester)

Turkish Manuscripts


Summary of Contents: Seventeenth century scroll depicting an Ottoman Imperial procession. The Sultan is accompanied by his officers of state, military commanders, his household guard and other officials. Each of the officials is identified with a Turkish titles below, which has been transliterated into the Latin alphabet above. French captions have been added along the bottom of the scroll.
Title: Ottoman Processional scroll
Language(s): Ottoman Turkish and French

Physical Description

Form: scroll
Support: Paper mounted on linen
Dimensions (leaf): 295 × 9000 mm.






Origin: 17th century CE, Turkey.

Provenance and Acquisition

Formerly in the collection of the Persian scholar Nathaniel Bland (1803–1865), whose oriental manuscripts were sold after his death through Bernard Quaritch (1819–1899) in 1866 to Alexander Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812–1880).

Purchased by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1901 from James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847–1913).

Bequeathed by Enriqueta Rylands (1843–1908) in 1908 to the John Rylands Library.

Record Sources

Catalogue information compiled by Elizabeth Gow from Jan Schmidt, A Catalogue of the Turkish Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library at Manchester. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2011.


The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.


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