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By Jan Schmidt

ISBN-10: 9004186697

ISBN-13: 9789004186699

Through the 600 years of its lifestyles, innumerable of manuscripts with, as a rule, Turkish texts have been produced within the Ottoman Empire. those are commonly preserved in libraries within the nations that after have been a part of that prolonged empire; a lesser variety of such manuscripts had their starting place in imperative Asia, Persia and India. From the 16th century specifically, curiosity for those handwritten books elevated in Europe and located their technique to the libraries of students, publication creditors and universities. the toilet 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 couple of particular, infrequent and luxuriously produced goods, have been initially collected via a wealthy mine proprietor, the twenty fifth Earl of Crawford. during this e-book, the gathering is for the 1st time defined in an in depth and systematic approach.

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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. 18 Eight other manuscripts were originally in the possession of embassy personnel: MSS Nos. 19 The second manuscript contains a collection of official letters and treaties, probably commissioned by the original owner, Jacques Rigo, member of a Levantine family of dragomans 20 and 'postelnick'/ 1 foreign secretary to the Phanariote governors of Wallachia and Moldavia, who had given the manuscript to him.

38 LP, Letters 82, letter from Emond to Lord Lindsay. 39 MS No. 41 does not contain a Bland bookplate, but did probably belong to his collection. 40 LP, Letters 15, letter of 6 June 1866; cf. Barker, Bibliotheca Lindesiana, p. 217; DNB (1901), pp. 216-7. 20 INTRODUCTION Some of these manuscripts had earlier belonged to a number of other collectors: Frederic North, fifth Earl of Guilford (1766-1827), a traveller in the Ottoman Empire and Greece41 (Nos. -1832), theologian and bibliographer42 (No.

Bland was a first class Arabic and Persian scholar," Quaritch wrote to Lord Lindsay, "who bought MSS. 20 and 30 years ago almost at any price, he was then very rich. Unfortunately for Mr Bland, he took to gambling in Homburg, and lost 150,000 £ds. in fact his whole fortune; 10 years ago, the estates and the library [the Arabic and Persian books excepted, which were deposited in London] were sold at Randall Park, Leatherhead, and Mr Bland lived hidden in Homburg upon a mere pittance. , but nobody knew ...

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