Shelfmark: Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Special Collections Research Center Isl. Ms. 237
Origin: As appears in colophon, executed by İbrahim Rodosi ; date of transcription not specified, though calligrapher's activity (acquiring his icazet shortly after the death of his first teacher İsmail Zühdî in 1731) suggests mid to late 18th century.
Former shelfmark: "559 T. De M. [i.e. Tammaro De Marinis]" inscribed in pencil on interior of upper cover ; "116" inscriped in pencil at opening.
Binding: Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather with spine in a lighter red-brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; board linings in pink-tinted laid paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-stamped and gold-painted scalloped mandorla filled with symmetrical vegetal composition (compare binding ornament on cover of Isl. Ms. 230), as well as tooled border consisting of guilloché roll flanked by gold fillets ; panels hinged together with red-brown leather ; overall in fair condition with some staining, abrasion, lifting of leather, spine split near head, etc.
Support: Well-burnished laid paper (in some cases surface-dyed pink) pieced, set into frame consisting of other surface-dyed and gold-flecked papers in combinations of orange and green, blue and pink, orange and magenta, yellow and green, green and magenta, lavender and orange, etc. (papers of facing pages match) set off by gold bands and white fillets.
Decoration: Decorative illuminated pieces consisting mainly of scalloped semi-circular pieces (domes) overlaid with swirling vegetal pattern in gold, red, pink, white, blue, etc. flank the compact central lines ; other illuminated flanking pieces of different vegetal composition appear on some panels ; written area surrounded by frame in bands of gold varying thickness ; textual divders in the form of illuminated rosettes with accents in pink, white, blue, etc.
Script: Fine specimen of Ottoman calligraphy ; two large lines of each page in thuluth ; two central lines of each page in naskh ; fully vocalized ; each continues a distinct stream of text though both open in alphabetic exercises.
Layout: Written in four lines per page, two large lines in thuluth (sülüs) and two more compact lines in naskh (nesih) ; written area divided into upper and lower panels accommodating the large lines and a central panel divided to accomodate the two more compact lines.
Collation: Ten 'panels' (mounted leaves) edged in and hinged together with red-brown leather ; opens vertically.
Colophon: "Scribal," reads: "مشقه اضعف الكتاب ابراهيم الردوسي"
Explicit: [in thuluth / sülüs] "سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك وتبارك اسمك وتعالى جدك وجل ثناؤك ولا اله غيرك" ; [in naskh / nesih] "فان امارتي بالسوء ما اتعظت من جهلها بنذير الشيب"
Incipit: "رب يسر ولا تعسر رب تمم بالخير"
Title supplied by cataloguer.
Fine album of calligraphy (muraqqaʻ / murakkaa) executed by the Ottoman calligrapher İbrahim Rodosi (d.1787). Comprises a meșk murakkaa or album of meșkler (exercises) in two scripts (thuluth / sülüs and naskh / nesih) employing the principal alphabetic exercises (müfredat), composed word exercises (mürekkebat) with the alpha-numeric system (abjad / abced hesabı), invocations, and a portion of the text of al-Buṣīrī's Qaṣīdat al-Burdah.