Turkish Manuscripts

Mss.494.9.T84

Date: ca. 19th century | Size: 2 Volumes

Abstract

Two bound volumes in Turkish using the Ottoman Turkish (Perso-Arabic based) script. Associated with the Ottoman Department of State, one volume is entitled "Inscha, or Turkish Letter Writer" and contains forms of business letters; the other is docketed as "Turjiman Nameh," or the "Turkish Interpreter's Assistant. Forms of letters."

Background note

During the first third of the 19th century, the APS acquired a large number of books and manuscripts in non-western languages, thanks to Peter Stephen Duponceau's philological and comparative linguistic interests. One of his correspondents, John P. Brown (APS 1856), donated a series of books in Turkish and Arabic.

Scope and content

These two manuscripts were among those donated by Brown in 1836 as examples of the Turkish language and Ottoman Turkish (Perso-Arabic based) writing system. Associated with the Ottoman Department of State, one volume is entitled "Inscha, or Turkish Letter Writer" and contains forms of business letters; the other is docketed as "Turjiman Nameh," or the "Turkish Interpreter's Assistant. Forms of letters."

Collection Information

Physical description

2 vols.

2 vols.

Provenance

Gift of John P. Brown, 1836.

Preferred citation

Cite as: Turkish Manuscripts, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Recatalogued 2003.

Early American History Note

These Turkish manuscripts reflect Stephen DuPonceau's attempt to acquire a wide-array of language materials for the APS's archives in the early 19th century

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Foreign Language
  • Handbooks
  • Language Material

Personal Name(s)

  • Anonymous
  • Brown, John P.

Subject(s)

  • Beyond Early America
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Letter-writing, Turkish
  • Turkey -- Politics and government
  • Turkish language


Detailed Inventory

Brown, John Porter, 1814-1872.
Tercüman-nâme. / Tajumān nāmah. / ترجمان نامه
Between 1775 and 182560 pages; Watermarked European paper; Shield with crescent moon with face in profile (Abū Shubbāk); Unfoliated; Paper

Letter templates for a variety of circumstances; includes table of contents (f. 3v-4r).