By Jan Schmidt
In the course of the 600 years of its lifestyles, innumerable of manuscripts with, normally, Turkish texts have been produced within the Ottoman Empire. those are normally 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 foundation in principal Asia, Persia and India. From the 16th century specifically, curiosity for those handwritten books elevated in Europe and located their strategy to the libraries of students, ebook creditors and universities. the loo Rylands college Library is one such repository of Turkish manuscripts of either Ottoman and wider Asian provenance. almost all these manuscripts, between which a couple of particular, infrequent and luxuriously produced goods, have been initially collected by means of a wealthy mine proprietor, the twenty fifth Earl of Crawford. during this e-book, the gathering is for the 1st time defined in a close and systematic means.
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130-58; on the Testa family, ibidem, pp. , Istanbul et les langues orientales (Paris 1997), pp. 175-96. 19 Cf. DBF CVI (1992), p. 810. 20 Cf. K. Heeringa, Bronnen rot de Geschiedenis van den Levantschen Handel 11 (The Hague 1917), p. 143, where a certain Rigo is mentioned as a merchant oflzmir (in 1668); another member of the family served as secretary to the Dutch envoy at Istanbul in the early 18th century, cf. G. Nanninga, Bronnen Ill (The Hague 1952), pp. 219, 221. 21 The word is spelled postelnic in Rumanian; it is of Slavic origin, meaning chamberlain, cf.
1-23). 3 Leyla vu Mecnun A late 15th-century copy of a long me§nevi poem on the tragic love story of Layla and Majnfm by 'Ali ~ir Neva'i of Herat (d. iseyn Bay~ara. The poem contains about 3600 distichs and is written in Chagatay Turkish. It is part of a quintet (fjamse). Other manuscripts belonging to the same set are kept in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (cf. Ethe 2116-20). Rebound in marbled boards with green leather backing; glazed white paper; (4)+48+(3) folios; 272x190 and 155x106 mm; 21lines in four columns; catchwords except on f.
1he Monthly Army List (February 1940), p. 3316a. 62 Cf. 1he Times, January 3, 1962, p. 12. '63 The last group of manuscripts to arrive at the Rylands, the two Chetham manuscripts, had been acquired for the library bearing that name by the Reverend John Haddon Hindly (1765-1827), a Persian scholar (described as 'reserved and crotchety' and of 'querulous disposition') who was librarian of, what was (and still is) the oldest public library of Britain (founded in 1653), between 1797 and 1804. ) In 1980, the library's Trustees, 'because of financial difficulties,' decided to sell their Oriental manuscripts, which had been rarely perused since 1804, together with a great many other items, at a public auction at Christie's in November.
A Catalogue of the Turkish Manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library at Manchester by Jan Schmidt