Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 833
Origin: As appears at close on p.281, dated 28 Dhū al-Qaʻdah 1279 [ca. 17 May 1863].
Binding: Boards covered in textured, coated black paper with red leather over spine and corners of boards (barely, not quite half-binding) ; Western style binding ; pastedowns and flyleaves in printed 'marbled' paper (mainly in dark blue, pink and yellow) ; spine gold-stamped with vegetal designs and lines along ridges ; sewn in yellow thread, five stations, over cords ; stuck-on endbands ; overall in fair condition with some abrasion, lifting and losses of paper and leather, etc.
Support: Machine laid paper (faux laid wove) with 10 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 22 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of "L J D," thin, transluscent, and quite well-burnished, tinted blue.
Decoration: Headpiece (ʻunwān / sarlawḥ) at opening on p.2 consisting of rural scene with canon on rolling hills set in a crescent flanked by assorted arms / weapons ; keywords, section headings, numerals and other symbols rubricated ; numerous line-drawings and diagrams (in pencil and black and red inks) illustrating text.
Script: Ruqʻah ; clear Turkish hand ; serifless with slight effect of inclination to the left and of words descending to baseline, freely ligatured, pointing in strokes rather than distinct dots.
Layout: Written in as many as 23 lines per page, though varies considerably depending on number of diagrams, mathematical problems, etc. ; frame-ruled.
Collation: i, 14 V(140), I (142), i ; almost exclusively quinions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization.
Incipit: "مقدمه علم حكمت طبيعيه علوم طبيعيه نك ..."
Title from rubricated heading at opening (p.2).
Careful copy of an Ottoman physics (physical science or natural sciences, i.e. hikmet-i tabiiye) textbook of uncertain authorship.