Book of felicity / [Muḥammad ibn Amīr Ḥaṣan al-Suʻudī].

  • Muḥammad ibn Amīr Ḥasan al-Suʻūdī, -1591.
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880-00 [Maṭāliʻ al-saʻādah wa manābiʻ al-siyādah]. Turkish
Livre des augures


"The 16th and early 17th centuries were the most fertile period of Turkish-Ottoman painting, with the reign of Murad III (1574-1595) being particularly prolific in beautiful works of art, such as this Mataliʻ al-saadet--Book of Felicity--by Muhammad ibn Amir Hassan al-Suʻudi. This work, which the sultan himself ordered to be translated from the original Arabic, features descriptions of the 12 signs of the zodiac accompanied by splendid miniatures, a series of paintings showing how human circumstances are influenced by the planets, astrological and astronomical tables, and a enigmatic treatise on fortune telling. All the paintings seem to be by the same workshop under the guidance of the famous master Ustad ʻOsman, undoubtedly the artist of the opening series of paintings dedicated to the signs of the zodiac. ʻOsman, active between ca. 1559 and 1596, directed the artists in the Seraglio workshop from 1570 onwards and created a style charaterized by accurate portraits and a magnificent treatment of illustration. Sultan Murad III held illuminated manuscripts in greater esteem than any other sultan; this treatise of felicity was especially commissioned by him for his daugther Fatima. Turkish binding in red leather with gold tooling"--Publisher's description.


Barcelona : M. Moleiro Editor, [2007]

Physical description

143 pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 31 cm


Facsimile of ms. written and illuminated in 1582 and housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, under shelf mark "Suppl. turc 242".
Facsimile produced with Western-style rounded and backed text stock and Islamic-style cover with with foredge flap made of die-stamped leather. Clamshell box with rounded spine.
Limited edition of 987 copies.


880-00 Maṭāliʻ al-saʻādah wa manābiʻ al-siyādah -- Qurʻah Jaʻfarīyah.

Language note

Translated into Turkish from the Arabic.

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