Lot n° 106
4000 - 6000
Kunhu'l-Ahbar (L'essentiel de l'Histoire) de Gelibolulu Mustafa 'Ali bin Ahmed bin Abdulmevla Çelebi (d. 1600)
Turkey, Ottoman art, 18th century
Manuscript in Ottoman Turkish on paper. 549 ff. plus 2 endpapers, 29 ll. per page, written in t'aliq, in black and red ink, on beige, salmon or blue paper. Opening page illuminated with a golden dome. The first 3 double-pages, traced with a chapter index diagram. Four frontispieces illuminated in a rocaille style, and an illuminated gilt cartouche. Bound in brown leather with gilt decoration on one side. Restored.
Gelibolulu Mustafa 'Ali bin Ahmed bin Abdulmevla Çelebi (b. April 28, 1541 - d. 1600) was a major Ottoman historian, bureaucrat and literary figure. He became famous particularly for his world history work, Kunhu'l-Ahbar, covering the period from the creation of the world to 1000 A.H. (1591/92). This work remains an important source for sixteenth-century Ottoman history (Cornell Fleischer, Bureaucrat and Intellectual in the Ottoman Empire: The Historian Mustafa Âli, 1541-1600. Princeton: Princeton University, 1986).
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