Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

Turkish MS 17 (The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, The University of Manchester)

Turkish Manuscripts

Anthology of poetry


Summary of Contents: An anthology of poetry. This undated collection contains the work of 30 mostly 16th century poets (Ahi, Benli Hasan; Ali, Mustafa b. Ahmed; Askeri, Edirneli; Baki; Ca’fer Celebi; Celili of Bursa; Cesmi; Emri; Fevri, Ahmed Efendi; Feyzi; Figani, Ramazan Efendi; Firaki; Hatifi; Hilali; Haveri; Hayali; Ishak Celebi; Kasimi; Kiyasi; Mesihi; Necati; Rahmi Mehmed Efendi; Suni; Ubeydi, Abdurrahman Efendi; Ulvi; Usuli; Vasfi; Zahidi; Zati.) The manuscript was originally part of a larger work, and has been rebound in a random order (and the trimming of pages has led to loss of text).
Author: Various
Title: Mecmū'a
Title: مجموعه
Title: Anthology of Turkish poetry
Title: Miscellany
Language(s): Ottoman Turkish

Substantial sections include

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Glazed white paper.
Extent: ii+103+iii folios
Dimensions (leaf): 200 × 135 mm.
Foliation: The original foliation (up to 149a) shows that the manuscript has been rebound in random order and was part of a larger work.


2 columns, 17 written lines


Small nasta‘līq




Provenance and Acquisition

Various owners' seals including of Meḥmed Nā'ib eş-Ṣadiḳī (folios 5b, 66b and 67a), and of Ḥāccī b. Ḫalīl Lutfī (folio 79a).

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.


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