The genealogy of the Ottoman Sultans

[Ottoman Sultans]. Selseleh Nameh (Book of Descent).

[Ottoman Empire, ca 1840].

Small folio (188 x 292 mm). 50 pp. on 26 leaves. Ottoman Turkish in Arabic script. Ink on western laid paper (watermarked "Victory") written within gilt rules, with two 'unwan headpieces in colours and gilt, a corner endpiece, and fine illustrations showing small watercolour portraits of each ruler before gilt discs. Bound in smooth lacquered boards showing a fine floral motif with central medallions and large flower decoration to inner covers; rounded corners; calf spine.


Family tree of the Ottoman Sultans, beginning with their purported descent from Adam and Eve and including the prophets Noah, Hud, Lut, Haroon, Joshua, Ishmael, the Abbasids, and Ghenghiz Khan, also noting the kinship between the Seljuks and Turks of central Asia in the Anatolian Seljuk Sultanate. It continues throughout the Ottoman dynasty founded by Osman I Gazi (The Warrior) in the late 13th century and ends with Mehmed IV (d. 1693), showing him seated on the throne.

Some browning and staining throughout; luxuriously decorated lacquer cover shows slight rubbing to lower cover, but beautifully preserved.

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