Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Ibrahim Haqqi, Ma'riftnama , in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic

Sold for £11000

Est: £8000–12000

Ibrahim Haqqi, Ma'riftnama (an Encyclopedic Compendium) , in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, illuminated manuscript on paper [Ottoman Turkey, dated 27th Rajab al-Sharif 1219 AH (31 October, 1804 AD)]

473 leaves (including 1 endleaf at front and 2 at back), 10 leaves of fihrist at the front, single column of 31 lines black naskh with key words and accents in red, catch-words, illuminated heading at beginning of text,
22 illuminated diagrams (15 of these full-page) and 12 charts (8 of these full-page), most coloured, fihrist ruled in red, text leaves ruled in gold, contemporary foliation in red, a few contemporary annotations to the margins, contemporary ownership stamp to fol. 11r, some leaves darkened at margins, one torn leaf repaired, a few spots or smudges, 320 by 220 mm.; early twentieth century calf with flap, blind-stamped ruling along spine edge on covers, very lightly rubbed, else excellent condition

Ibrahim Haqqi was a revered sufi saint, poet, theologian and one of the last traditional encyclopedic scholars of the Ottoman Empire. Born in Ezrum, he spent much of his life in Tello and Istanbul where he worked under the patronage of Sultan Mahmut I. Haqqi's aim in compiling the Ma'rifatnama was to encompass every field of knowledge he had gained from his years of travel and study in one single volume, and the text encompasses medicine, Islamic theology, psychology, geology, mathematics and astronomy. It was the first work by an Islamic scholar to incorporate the astronomical conclusions of Nicolaus Copernicus (d. 1543) and place the sun at the centre of the universe.

Although this work was first published in 1756, no known surviving manuscript predates the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The British Library holds a copy (MS.Or.12964) that was compiled in 1235 AH (1820 AD), and the earliest known manuscript copy is considered to be that in the Khalili collection (J.M.Rogers, Empire of the Sultans, 1995, no. 74, pp.121 & 123) dated 1226 AH (1811 AD). The present manuscript precedes the Khalili copy by 7 years.

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