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In the course of the 600 years of its life, innumerable of manuscripts with, generally, Turkish texts have been produced within the Ottoman Empire. those are frequently preserved in libraries within the nations that after have been a part of that prolonged empire; a lesser variety of such manuscripts had their foundation in valuable Asia, Persia and India. From the 16th century particularly, curiosity for those handwritten books elevated in Europe and located their option to the libraries of students, booklet creditors and universities. the loo Rylands college Library is one such repository of Turkish manuscripts of either Ottoman and wider Asian provenance. each one of these manuscripts, between which a few special, infrequent and luxuriously produced goods, have been initially collected 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 approach.

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B. Clarke, A Historical and Descriptive Catalogue of the European and Asiatic Manuscripts in the Library of A. Clarke. -1832), a theologian and biblio-grapher, cf. DNB IV (1908), pp. 413-4); a catalogue cutting with heading '481. Turkish Paintings'; the price was 51. 15s. 6d. Catalogue entry: HOM, p. 257. THE TURKISH COLLECTION, MSS 2-3 37 Literature: cf. Norah M. Titley, Miniatures from Turkish Manuscripts (London 1981), Nos. 3-8 (pp. 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.

24, 28) came into the possession of Franz Hoeck (1749-1835), director of the aforementioned Oriental Academy in ViennaP These were probably also copied by students ('Sprachknaben') of the Vienna Academy or Embassy-in this case Austrian Embassy-personnel, and may even have been done by Franz von Dombay. MS No. 33, which contains extracts from the History of Na'ima, finally, also once in the possession of Hoeck, was certainly produced by Academy students or Austrian Embassy personnel: we find the names of Plenck, Hirnschall, and Testa.

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.

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