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Sulus and Nesih Meşk book, Şevkî Efendi
17.00

The classic textbook of Sulus/Thuluth and Nesih/Naskh scripts. This is the benchmark standard of calligraphy instruction, written by one of the greatest of the Ottoman masters, Mehmed Şevkî Efendi. This manual takes the student through the individual forms of the letters, into joined letterforms, and culminates in a series of texts chosen to exposed the student to a range of calligraphic forms. Published by Kubbealti.

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Taalik Meşk book, Hulusi Efendi
17.00

The classic textbook of Taalik (Nastaliq) calligraphy. This is the benchmark standard of calligraphy instruction, written by one of the Taalik style’s all-time greats, Mehmed Hulusi Yazgan Efendi. This manual takes the student through the individual forms of the letters, into joined letterforms, and culminates in a series of texts chosen to exposed the student to a range of calligraphic forms. Published by Kubbealti.

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We are proud to announce the publication of a series of exquisite calligraphy folios from the great Ottoman masters.

This limited run of museum-quality reproductions offer the student and lover of calligraphy a chance to experience the beauty of some of the greatest works of calligraphy in their actual size, and in the accordion-style binding of the original works. Every pen-stroke and nuance of the page is captured in stunning beauty. All are collections of Hadith and presented in both Thuluth and Naskh scripts.

-January 2019


The Treasures of Sultan Abdul-Hamid II

These remarkable books were produced by the greatest calligraphers of their day- Mahmud Celaleddin, Hasan Riza, and Mehmet Rasim. Commissioned by the Ottoman court, they were the personal collection of Sultan Abdul-Hamid II (d.1918). The original manuscripts are currently held at the University of Michigan’s Special Collections Research Center.


Mahmud Celaleddin Calligraphy Muraqqa
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This stunning muraqqa of Hadith is the product of two incredibly important and influential calligraphers. It was written by one of the greatest of the high Ottoman masters, Mahmud Celâleddîn (d. 1829) and is his teklid, or study-by-copying, of an earlier work by the renowned Hafiz Osman (d.1698), one of the most important calligraphers of all time, a figure who changed the course of calligraphy’s history. It is therefore a work of profound skill, study, and calligraphic composition.

It contains eight panels, all in the form of a kitaa, with two lines of Thuluth/Sulus calligraphy and 4-8 lines of Naskh/Nesih script in the middle. All panels are illuminated in the koltuk indentations and bordered with ebru.

Presented in an accordion binding with the original cover. Actual size, 9x6.5”/23x16.5cm.


Hasan Riza Calligraphy Muraqqa
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Continuing with the tradition of teklid studies, this beautiful folio of Hadith is the great calligrapher Hasan Riza’s (d.1920) interpretation of a work by his teacher Kaziasker Mustafa Izzet, (d.1876) the most influential calligrapher of the high Ottoman period. Hasan Riza is considered one of the last of the great masters and laid the foundation for all 20th century calligraphy.

The illuminations were also all completed by Hasan Riza, a rare achievement that makes this piece all the more special.

It contains ten panels, all in the form of a kitaa, with one line of Thuluth/Sulus calligraphy and 5 lines of Naskh/Nesih script in the middle. All panels are illuminated in the koltuk indentations and bordered with pink and orange borders.

Presented in an accordion binding with the original cover. Actual size, 12x10”/30x2cm.


Mehmed Rasim Calligraphy Muraqqa
12.00
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This magnificent example of 18th century classical Ottoman calligraphy is a muraqqa of Hadith written by Mehmed Râsim Efendi, the rais ul-hattatin, shaykh of calligraphers of his day.

It contains eight illuminated panels, all in the form of a kitaa, with one line of Thuluth/Sulus calligraphy and 8 lines of Naskh/Nesih script in the middle. All panels are illuminated in the koltuk indentations, and bordered with gold-flecked colored papers. The end papers are by Mehmet Hatip Efendi, the creator of the hatip ebru style.

Presented in an accordion binding with the original cover. Actual size, 9x6.5”/23x16.5cm.


All Three Calligraphy Folios
40.00

Save by ordering all three books together.

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