Persian Manuscripts : This scrapbook album contains 240 separate documents written mainly in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish between 1589 to 1711.

Persian Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'><i>Collectio 183 Epistolarum variis annis conscriptarum ad Viros toto Oriente celeberrimos Apollines Linguae Arabicae Thomam Erpenium Jacobum Golium & alios etc. etc. Arabice Turcice Persice</i>, a collection of documents and letters, mainly in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, compiled by Dutch scholar Johannes Heyman (1667–1737). Dated documents span 20 Ramaḍān 997 AH (3 August 1589 CE) to 6 Jumādà II 1123 (22 July 1711 CE)), with the majority from the 17th century. The Leiden University Library also holds another companion volume of Heyman's collection (<a target='_blank' class='externalLink uom-purple' href='https://catalogue.leidenuniv.nl/permalink/f/n95gpj/UBL_ALMA21322935700002711'>UBL Cod. Or. 1228</a>) that contains further documents related to the contents of this volume.</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>Assembled as a scrapbook of disparate items, possibly by Heyman's family after his death, the contents encompass a wide variety of personal letters, Ottoman chancery documents, petitions regarding trade disputes, and even a recipe for cooking lentils. In addition to Heyman's own papers, the volume also contains others acquired by him from others orientalists Thomas Erpenius (1584-1624) and Jacob Golius (1596-1667), as well as the early 18th-century Dutch soap merchant and resident of Acre, Paul Maashoek (d. 1711). </p>


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