Three Manuscripts (1) Kifāyat al-waqt li-maʿrifat al-dāʾir wa- faḍlihi wa-ʾl-samt. (2) Tashil al-miqat (3) Faraḥ Fazā

Three Manuscripts in Ottoman Turkish Bound in 1 Volume
Copied by Abdullah Seyyid Feyzullah b. Ahmad in 1166 H [1752 A.D.]
70 fol.,
20 x 13 cm.
Cardboard cover with leather spine

ad (1): Kifāyat al-waqt li-maʿrifat al-dāʾir wa- faḍlihi wa-ʾl-samt, also known as Risāla fī al-muqanṭarāt, 936 H [1529 AD] written in Ottoman Turkish; it deals with various aspects of geometry, trigonometry and astronom...

Observations of the Movements of Sun and Stars during the year 1287 H. [1870 AD] for Submission to the Sultan.

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish
54 pp., c. 16.5 x c. 10.5 cm, in acid-free cardboard box, includes original leather covers.

Restored in museum quality: Cleaning of surface, some pages stabilised with coated Japanese paper, glued by using alcohol.
Window fold for individual sheets


Behcet ül-Fetâvâ (Collection of Fatwas)

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish
Copied by El Hac Mustafa bin Ismail, 1169 [1755/56]
268 leaves, 29 x 17.5 cm.

The fatwas of Ebu'l-Fazl Abdullah, also called Abdullah Efendi, was Şeyh ul-Islam of Sultan Mahmud I, are important in that they made possible the reformist developments of the time. Among his fatwas, special mention sho...

Talisman Booklet with Petitionary Sufi Prayers

Manuscript in Arabic, Calligraphy from the Maghreb

75 leaves, 9.5 x 11 cm
bound in leather, with flap and in an ornate leather case


A unique manuscript, author's copy by Niyazi Dede, the Sheikh of the Mevlevi Monastery in Salonika, written in 1260 H. [1844 AD]

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish
154 pages, 21 x 13 cm.
Cardboard cover with leather spine.

Two other small works are included in the manuscript: 1. A complete copy of Dîvânçe (Little Divan of 28 poems) by La'lî Mehmed Fenâî Efendi (998 - 1112 H / 1590 - 1700 AD) Only 4 copies are known in Istanbul libraries. ...

Bahr-i Ali el-müşkülat-i külli kelimati aliyu müşkülat (Hymns of praise for Caliph Ali and his successors, the eleven Imams)

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish
Copied by Yemenî Mahmud Efendi in Damascus in 1191 H [1777 AD].

94 pp. With 11 full-page havas illustrations , 16 x 12 cm.

Introductory note by the copist: "Al-hakir al-kadir; Mahmud Yemeni had the good fortune to get this copy from a saint when he was in Damascus. This saint had copied it from a manuscript in the treasury of Sultan Sha...

Kitab-ı Viranî Baba

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish, copyist unknown, written 1217 H [1802 AD].
70 pages, 20 x 12 cm.
Marbled cardboard cover with leather spine.

Viranî Baba, an important figure of the Bektashi order, is considered one of the seven great poets of Sufism. He is a mystical poet who deals with the Bektashi teachings in his works. "Kitab-ı Viranî Baba" is o...


Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish. Translation of Muqaddimah by Pirizade Mehmed Sahib, Sheikh al-Islam of Mahmud I.
Copied by Osman bin Osman bin Mustafa el Erzurumî in 1270 [1853]
650 pp., 18.5 x 32 cm.
Handwritten Ex Libris and seal of Ismail Hakki Bey, Member of the Courthouse under the reign of Abdülmecid I.
Ottoman style full leather bound with flip.

Ibn Khaldun's introduction - "Muqaddima" - to his universal history is one of the seminal works of historical scholarship. In it, the 14th century Arab scholar explores the reasons for the rise and fall of empi...

Anqāʾ Meşrık (The Griffin of the East)

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish
Copied by Zeynel Abidin Pur Taksir, 1227 [1812]
28 leaves,
17.5 x 12 cm.

Mustafa Haşim Baba whose pseudonym was "Hâşimî" in his poems, was born in Üsküdar, İstanbul in 1130 [1718]. He was the son of the Yusuf Nizâmeddin Efendi , Sheikh of Bandırmalızade Tekkesi (Dervish lodge). Haş...

Tuhfetü’l-Haremeyn (On Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina)

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish.
Due to chronogram written in 1093 [1683]
No name of a copist mentioned, possibly written by Nabi himself.
328 pp., 23 x 16 cm.

Nâbi, actually Yūsuf Nābī; born 1642 in Şanlıurfa (Ruhā); died 10 April 1712 in Istanbul; was an Ottoman poet of the 17th /18th century and one of the dominant poet personalities of his time. Nâbi belongs to the group of...

1) Vasiyetnâme – The Last Will and Testament of Imam Birgivi; and 2) Şeyh ‘Aliyyü’s-Sadrî el-Konevî's commentary on Birgivi's Testament

Two Manuscripts in Ottoman Turkish
(1) Copied by Sakir bin Mahmud, 1217 [1802]
156 leaves, 21 x 15 cm
(2) Copied by Ahmed es-Sehid Tahir Hac Mehmed Efendizade, 1133 [1720]
200 leaves, 20 x 13 cm.

ad 1: Muḥammad Imam Birgivi (27 March 1522 – 15 March 1573) was a Muslim scholar and moralist who lived during the height of the Ottoman Empire and whose texts are used to this day as manuals of spiritual practice throu...

Four Risales and a Letter of Dedication

Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish
4 Risales in 1 Vol. , 27 + 57 + 58 + 19 + 2 = 153 pp.,
19 x 14 cm.

Mehmed Sâdık Erzincânî, also named Muḥammad Ṣādiq al-Arzinǧāni Muftīzāda, Mehmed el-Erzincani, and Muḥammad Ṣādiq Ibn-ʿAbd-ar-Raḥīm al-Muftī. Author of four risales (small texts in the form of a treatise ...

Photograph No. III - Die Ka'bah

Historic photo from Snouck Hurgronje’s Bilder-Atlas zu Mekka, taken in 1885.
Photo 21 x 16.8 cm (Passepartout 37.7 x 27.4 cm)

Following his PhD with de Goeje in Leiden and further studies with Nöldecke in Strasbourg Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936) went on an extended research trip to Jiddah and Mecca during the years 1884 and 1885. He c...

Panorama de Jérusalem (Panorama of Jerusalem). Albumen print, c. 1880.

Three part albumen print panorama (84.5 x 21.7 cm) backed onto linen.
Photographic title and numbers 298, 299, 300 in the negative.
Fair condition, some fading where prints are joined.

Panorama view of Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives, with the dome of the Al-Aksa Mosque featuring prominently at the left. Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was a French photographer and writer who was active in the Mi...

Album Tunisia: Biskra, El-Kantara, Mansouria, Sidi Okba, Temacine, Touggourt

Album with 40 Silver Gelatin Prints
31.5 x 25.6 cm
c. 1925

Album of 35 privately taken, well-preserved gelatin prints showing vivid and authentic street and market scenes. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or pdf format and a digital reproduction of each photogr...

Album Morocco – Fez & Marrakech: Souks, Buildings, Street Scenes, Ramadan Prayers

Album with 27 Silver Gelatin Prints by E. Hoffmann
20 x14.5 cm
c. 1929

Beautiful example of a travel album that reproduces aspects of personal interest on a trip to Marrakech and Fez in 1929 to a good technical standard. Besides interesting shots of architecture, landscape and street scenes...

Album Tunis & Carthago: Mainly Islamic Architecture

Album with 44 Large Albumin Prints
44 x 31.2 cm
c. 1890

Album with 44 large format, mostly Albumin prints with many architectural details of Carthago and Tunis, a third of which taken by Neurdein, Soler, Rives, and Albert. The album is accompanied by an inventory in Excel or...

Album Egypt: Assuan, Luxor, Medinet Habu, Karnak, Thebes, Cairo

Album with 81 Gelatine Prints by Anonymous Photographers
27 x 20.8 cm
c. 1911

Well-preserved travel Album of 1911 focusing on Assouan, Philae, Luxor, Theben, Carnak and Cairo. Excellent amateur photographs highlighting important details in the Pharaonic sites and giving a lively impression of the ...

Album Algeria: Architecture, Portraits, Street Life, Tents

Two Albums with 57 Albumen Prints, Photogravure, Heliotypie, and 54 Postcards
32.8 x 25 cm
c. 1890 – 1900

Album on Algeria from 1890/1900 with 57 mostly Albumin prints covering portraits, street views and scenery. Complemented by a rare collection of 54 postcards focused on the same subjects in a second Album. The album is ...

Bahriye-i Bahr-i Siyah (Naval Chart of the Black Sea)

One of six known copies worldwide
Printed from four copper plates.
Total size: c. 65 x c. 95 cm.
Kostantiniyye [Istanbul], 1137 [1724/25]

This map, unlike his books, is apparently not mentioned in the probate inventory of Müteferrika’s possessions at his death in 1747 (Sabev 2007). According to Toderini (1787), who acquired a copy, probably in the 1770s, t...

Travels in Syria and the Holy Land

First Edition 1822

Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London
xxvi, 668 pp., 27.5 x 22.5 cm
Printed by William Nicol, Successor to W. Bulmer & Co. Cleveland-row.
Restored half-leather binding using original cover.

Maps and illustrations as listed on page „Directions for Placing the Plates“: 1. Portrait of Burckhardt in his Arab Bernous, sketched at Cairo Feb. 1817 by H. Salt, Esq. 2. Map to accompany the travels of J. L. Burckhar...

al-Kāmil fī l-Lugha wa-l-Adab, 2 Volumes

Printed in Arabic
Cairo: al-Maṭbaʿa al-taqaddum al-ʿilmīya 1323 & 1324 H. [1905/06].
Vol. 1: 296pp, vol. 2: 302pp.
27.5 x 19.5 cm, beautiful new half-leather binding 1970s.

Mubarrad, Abu ’l-ʿAbbās Muḥammad b. Yazīd b. ʿAbd al-Akbar al-T̲h̲umālī al-Azdī (his genealogy reaches back to the D̲j̲āhiliyya; cf. Wüstenfeld, Tabellen, no. 10; Caskel, Tafeln , no. 210), celebrated philologist, was bo...

Kitāb akhbar al-uwal fī-man taṣarrafa fī Miṣr min arbāb al-duwal

Printed in Arabic
Cairo: al-Maṭbaʿa Maimunia, Rabīʿ al-awwal 1310 H. [1879 AD],
182 pp. 27.5 x 18.5 cm
Well preserved and half-leather new binding.

Second text in the margins: al-Sharqāwī, ʿAbd Allāh, Tuḥfat al-nāẓirīn fī-man waliya Miṣr min al-wulāt wa-l-salāṭīn. Classic of historiography, several editions....

Nafaḥ al-Rind fī sīrat rasūl al-yābūn wa-l-hind, transl. al-Ab Buwazit al-Yasūʿī

Printed in Arabic
Beirut: maṭbaʿa al-abāʾ al-Yasūʿiyīn (Printing shop of the Jesuit order in Beirut) 1885
242 pp. 23.7 x 15.5 cm
Unbound, original Paperback


Teshuvot u-Sheilot (Questions and Answers or Responsa)

Early example of Hebrew printing from Istanbul/Constantinople,
Solomon ben Isaac Jabez, 1560.
[8], 318, [6] pp.,
Modern morocco-backed boards,
28.5 x 19.5 cm.

Questions, answers and fatwas by our wise and revered Rabbi Eliya Mizrahi on the rules discussed by rabbis in religious academies (yeshivas) in this country, Spain, France and Germany. Teshuvot u-Sheilot was printed unde...

Complete set of all 17 titles printed by Müteferrika between 1729 and 1742 plus additional 4 titles printed posthumously on his printing press (1756 - 1786)

Rare Early Printed Books in Ottoman Turkish.
21 Titles Totalling 27 Volumes
Condition well above average and in several cases excellent
Paper quality in almost all cases excellent
Extremely few pages are missing

1. Ebu Nasr Ismail bin Hamad el-Cevheri, Kitab-i Lugat-i Vankulu (Arabic-Turkish Dictionary), 2 Volumes, Istanbul 1729. 2. Katib Celebi, Tuhvetü'l-Kibar fi Esfari'l-Bihar (In memory of the great naval battles), Istanbul ...

Vekâyi-i Devlet-i Alîye (Events in the Sublime State / the Ottoman Empire)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Osmaniye, 1309 [1892]
ÖZEGE 19772
12 Vol. I: 6, [2], 381 p., II: 6, 391 p., III: 6, 388 p., IV: 4, 365 p., V: 4, 370 p, 1 Illustration, VI: 7, 412 p., VII: 7, 367 p., VIII: 362 p., IX: 320 p., X: 278, 7 p., XI: 9, 275 p., XII: 8, 286 p.
Half-leather bound, 26 x 17 cm.

Ahmed Cevdet Pascha (* 1822 in Lowetsch; † 1895 in Istanbul)Ottoman statesman; historian and lawyer. His life’s work includes the participation on various law codifications (known as the Mecelle) and the creation of the ...

Mehâsinü’l-Âsâr ve Hakaikü’l-Ahbâr (The Charms and Truths of Relics and Annals)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Cairo: Bulaq, 1246 [1830] ÖZEGE 225192
2 Volums in 1 Vol., I: 14, 210 p.; II: 7, 190 pp. (The first 2 folios of the index of vol. 1 are damaged and some text is missing. A photocopy with the full text has been inserted)
Half-leather bound, 28 x 18 cm.

“The Chronicler Ahmed Vâsıf on Agency, Causality, and a Reformist Philosophy of History”18th century Ottoman court chronicles are rarely studied as products of active, inquisitive minds. Most often they are seen as factu...

Ravzatü'l-hüseyin fî Hûlâsat-ı Ahbâri'l-hafikayn(Garden of Elegance Containing Extracts of on the Orient and the Occident)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Âmire 1259 [1843]
ÖZEGE 150876
3 Vols. + appendix about “Edirne Incident” 15, 462 + 15, 451 + 10, 460 + 6, 10, 465 + 6, 452 + 8, 442 + 58 p.
Half leather bound, 21.5 x 14 cm.

NAIMÅ (1655-1716). Historian. His real name was Mustafa Naim. Bom in Aleppo, he went to Istanbul at an early age, entered the bureaucracy, and rose to the position of secretary of the Imperial Council. In 1700 the grand ...

Tarih-i Gülşen-i Maarif

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Âmire 1252 [1836]
Not in ÖZEGE but AEKMK - BDK
2 Volumes. 8, 1-848 + 6, 849-1693 p.
Half leather bound, 22.5 x 15,5 cm.

History of the Ottoman Empire from the beginning to the Treaty of Karlowitz, signed on 26 January 1699 in Sremski Karlovci, in modern-day Serbia, concluding the Great Turkish War of 1683–1697 in which the Ottoman Empire ...

Tarih-i Nişancı Mehmed Paşa (History of Nişancı Mehmed Paşa)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Tab'hane-i Âmire, 1279 [1863]
ÖZEGE 198803
348 pp., cloth spine, leather covers, 18 x 13 cm.

The historical work, titled Tarih-i Ni ancı Mehmed Pa a, but originally titled Siyer-i Enbiya-i izam ve ahval-i hulefa-i kiram ve menakib-i selatin-i Osman, was written at the instigation of Sultan Suleyman and is still ...

Tarih-i Umûmî (General History)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Kasbar Matbaası, 1305 - 1306 [1888 – 1889]
3 Volumes in 1 Vol.
357 + 3, 384 + 392 p.
Half leather bound, 19.5 x 13 cm.

Ibrahim Hakki Pasha lived between the years 1863 and 1918. He was a scientist who lectured in the schools such as The Faculty of Political Sciences and The Faculty of Laws. He served as a legal advisor to the Ottoman Gov...

Mufassal Türk Tarihi (1. Kitab) (Turkish History - 1st Book)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Âmire Matbaası, Maarif Vekâleti Ne riyatı, 1341 [1923]
160 pp., 6 double pages, 2 folded maps (41x44 cm.)
ÖZEGE 14012
Full leather bound, guilded ornamental covers and guilded edges, 23 x 16.5 cm.

Mehmed emseddin Günaltay (1663-1961) was historian and politician. He was the the 8th prime minister in the Republic of Turkey in 1949-1950....

Hakaikü'l-kelam fî Tarihi'l-İslâm (Truths about the History of Islam)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Âmire, 1297 [1880]
ÖZEGE 66205
3+357 pp.
Full leather bound, guilded ornamental covers, 19.5 x 13.5 cm.

[Abdüllatif] Suphi Pasha (1818-1886) was a historian and education specialist. He was the founder of the Faculty of Fine Arts (Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi) and The Archological Museum (Müze-i Hümayun) in Istanbul.He planned ...

Mekâtib-i Askeriye-i âhâneye Mahsûs Tarih-i Osmanî (Ottoman History. For Military Schools)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Mekteb-i Fünûn-u Harbiye-i âhâne Matbaası, 1308 [1891]
ÖZEGE 12728
309 pp., paperback, 23 x 16 cm.

Me rutiyet era history textboks are importance reliable resources not only they reflect the understanding of the Me rutiyet by the state but also of the effects of these boks on generations who later founded the republic...

Memâlik-i Devlet-i Âliye-i Osmaniye Co rafya-yı Sevkü'l-cey isi(History and Geography of the Ottoman Empire)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul 1302 [1885] (?)
ÖZEGE 25207
218 pp + 186 pp manuscript

A rare book about the History and Geography of the Ottoman Empire.The first 218 pages are printed, the following 186 pages are a manuscript....

Sahīh al-Buchārī

Printed in Arabic
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Amire 1315 H. [1897]
8 vols. bound in 4 vols. 228, 260, 3235, 270, 242, 253, 240, 219 pp.

24.5 x 18 cm, Ottoman Style full leather bound with flip

Sahīh al-Buchārī is the common name of a collection of hadiths that goes back to the Islamic scholar Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl al-Buchārī (d. 870). The correct title of the work is al-Jāmiʿ as-sahīh / al-Ǧāmiʿ aṣ-ṣaḥīḥ /'The ...

Ibrahim Hakki Erzurumi 1115-1194 H. [1703-80]

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul 1310 H. [1893] Âmire Matbaası, Sahafiye-i Osmanîye
16 + 564 p., half leather binding
32.5 x 24 cm
ÖZEGE 12259

The famous scientific encyclopedia, published more than half a century after the death of its author, the Turkish Sufi philosopher Ibrahim Hakki Erzurumi (1703-80). The "Marifetname", or "Book of Gnosis&qu...

Qur’anic Verse from the Kiswah, the Cloth that Covers the Kaaba in the Holy City of Mecca

Produced in Egypt, this piece of Kiswah dates back to the 1920s and was a present to a German scientist.
Size: 71 x 37 cm

Verse 255 (Ayat al-Kursi) from Sura 2, al-Baqara: „He knoweth (all) that is before them and (all) that is behind them, while they cannot compass it in knowledge.“ Every year during the Hajj, the old Kiswah is removed o...

Research Library on Islamic Law and History (approx. 1800 titles)

of the late Professor Rudolph "Ruud" Peters, Emeritus of Islamic Law, University of Amsterdam

Ruud Peters (1943-2022) was one of the world’s leading scholars in Islamic Law. His working library reflects the distinct research areas of its compiler in a unique way: From the history of Jihad, to Egyptian history in Ottoman and Khedival times to Islamic Law which was his main field of research over a period of 40 years.

The library consists of three main subject areas and counts a total of c. 1800 titles: 1. Islamic Law: c. 640 titles, 46% Arabic, 33% English, 7% Turkish, 15% other languages 2. Islamic Studies: c. 500 titles, 22% Arab...