Ottoman Qur'an manuscript owned by a woman

[Qur'an]. An Ottoman Qur'an manuscript.

Ottoman Turkey, 18th century CE.

8vo (125 x 165 mm). Arabic manuscript on polished paper. 302 ff., 15 lines to the page. Written in fine naskh script in black ink, verses separated by small gold roundels pointed in red, illuminated floral marginal devices throughout, surah headings written in red within gilt-framed panels. Double-page illuminated 'unwan frontispiece decorated with polychrome flowers against gold ground. Contemporary full gilt leather with fore-edge flap and gilt ornamentation in relief. Marbled flyleaves.


An interesting Qur'an manuscript, probably from the early years of the era of Sultan Abdul Hamid I. The first leaf of the manuscript contains a waqf inscription dated AH 1191 (1777 CE), stating that the volume was given as a religious endowment in that year by a woman named Khadija bint al-hajj 'Umar Oghlu al-hajj Ahmad Agha.

Provenance: Bonhams, London, 4 Oct. 2011 sale, lot 72 (illustrated). Subsequently in the library of a Belgian private collector.


1) Khadija bint al-hajj 'Umar Oghlu al-hajj Ahmad Agha (waqf inscription dated AH 1191).

2) Bonhams, London, 4 Oct. 2011 sale, lot 72 (illustrated).

3) Belgian private collection.


A few ink smudges, minor professional repairs to the gutter.