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Monday, August 24, 2015

Ancient Manuscript Review 164 : Antique Turkish Bible 1885 CE

This is an antique Turkish Bible printed in Istanbul in 1885CE. Covers made of hard boards wrapped with black cloth. This book has the size of 260mm x200mm x 60mm. This 1885 version is larger than 1886 version due to an extensive set of cross-references.
This bible was printed in Ottoman Turkish and in Arabic character indicating the Ottoman Turkish language was a Lingua Franca at that time.

This is the information from the first page :

1885-1886 –
Kitab-ı Mukaddes, yani Ahd-i Atik ve Ahd-i Cedid:
‘An asl muharrer bulunduggu İbrani ve Keldani ve Yunani lisanlarından bi’t-tercüme... ve İngiliz ve Amerikan Bibel şirketleri masârifiyle
(The Holy Book, or the Old Covenant and New Covenant: A translation from
the original texts in the Hebrew, Chaldean (Aramaic) and Greek languages... with
funds of the British and American Bible Societies).

Ma'ârif umumiye nezaret-i celîlesiniŋ 14 Muharrem el-Harâm 1301 ve 3 Teşrîn-i Sânî 1299 tarîhli ve 752 nûmarûli ruhsatnâmesiyle
(with certificate of permission no. 752 of the High Ministry of Public Information dated the 14th day of Muharrem, 1301 A.H. and the 3rd day of Teşrin II, 1299 A.H.)
İstanbulda Boyacıyan Agop Matbaasında tab olunmuştur.
1885 version: 1,422 pages with footnotes.
1886 version: 1,023 pages without footnotes.


Title Page : Kitabu Muqadas
Content    : Complete Bible
Date         : 1885 CE
Copyist    :
Patron      :
Origin      :  Istanbul
Place acquired :Istanbul
Illuminations :  Nil
Calligraphy : Arabic Script
Number of lines :22 lines per page in 2 columns
Inks          : Main text in black
Punctuation: Nil
Frame       :   Black thin frame
History of Manuscript : Purchased from Grand Bazar Istanbul
Number of folios : 1422 ff
Support of writing : light yellowish European paper
Gatherings : N/A
Catchwords : Nil
Dimensions : 260mm x200mm x 60mm.
Binding   : Black cloth wrapped on hard board
Estimated Market Price :
Purchased Price : USD
Remarks :

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