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Exhibit collection of Near Eastern manuscripts, 1492-1848
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Additional collection guides
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Exhibit collection of Near Eastern manuscripts
    Date (inclusive): 1492-1848
    Collection number: 1656
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists of Persian, Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, and Armenian manuscripts dating from 1492-1848. The collection includes bound manuscripts, scrolls, manuscript fragments, decorative book covers, and artifacts. Subjects include history, lexicography, belles-lettres, theology, and philosophy.
    Languages: Materials in this collection are primarily in Persian, with some in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Armenian.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Boxes 1-4 stored off-site at SRLF; box 5 in YRL Special Collections stacks. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    In 1991, for a potential future exhibition, the majority of the items in this collection were selected from two other collection in the department: the Minasian Collection og Near Eastern Manuscripts (Collection 1147) and the Qayani Collection of Arabic and Persian Manuscripts (Collection 1053).

    Processing Note

    Cataloging by Ali Anooshahr, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, Fall 2004, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Exhibit collection of Near Eastern manuscripts (Collection 1656). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232996 

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of illustrated and illuminated manuscripts from the Ṣafawid, Ottoman, Qajar, and Timurid domains, illustrated Armenian scrolls, decorative lacquered book covers, and several artifacts. There are eight works of belles-lettres, including two royal correspondence handbooks (one Persian, one Ottoman Turkish); four works of a religious nature, including two Koran fragments and a brilliantly illuminated Koran in a Qajar lacquered binding; four works of history, including manuscript versions of unedited texts; and single volumes of lexicography, logic, and philosophy. Of particular scholarly interest is a version of the ninth section of Kemalpaşazade's Histories of the Ottoman House ( Al-daftar al-tāsỉ min al-dafātir al-marsūma bi al-Sulaymāniyya), and Muἱn al-Dīn Yazdī's Humāyūn nāma, yā, Mavāhib-i ilāhī ( Book of Humāyūn, or, Divine gifts). The collection includes numerous fine examples of Nastẚ līq script, one striking example of Divani calligraphy, and many beautiful leaves demonstrating ornate Qajar illumination, illustration, and decoration techniques. Artifacts include embroidered purses and a leather book bag.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Manuscripts
    2. Scrolls
    3. Book covers and artifacts

    Additional collection guides

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts--Arab countries.

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