[Book of predictions] : manuscript, 1785-1812
Mehmed Sadık, Müneccimbaşı-zâde, -1812, creatorHOLLIS ID
1 v. (206 leaves) ; 21 cm.Form/Genre
Astrology, Turkish -- Early works to 1800
Book of yearly predictions about the sultan, his family, ministers, grand mufti, etc. Records for years 1199-1227 AH [1785-1812 AD]. Year run from nevrūz to nevrūz (beginning of spring). Predictions concern political affairs and state of health of various individuals. Predictions about weather conditions and the eclipses also included. Separate section at end of each year's entry breaks down predictions into months. Manuscript apparently the author's working copy and probably the sole copy.
Title supplied by cataloger.
25 x 18-20 cm.
Written in naskh script, 23 lines per page, in black with rubrics and Qurʼanic verses in red or red overlined. Text framed within a thin red line. Section listing monthly predictions divided into four boxes with red lines, text often spills over beyond the boxes. Catchwords
Light-cream thin paper. Some pages have European watermarks. Several folios stuck together, water stains. Some pages have worm-eaten spots. Large section on upper right mice-eaten. Binding in poor condition, cover almost separated from volume. Boards have some leftover parts of their blue cover paper. Spine covered in leather with 19th-century ornamentation. Green-red marbled paper as endpaper. Holograph copy.
MS Turk 46. Houghton Library, Harvard University.
In Ottoman Turkish.