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ZATI, Suleyman.

Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").

Istanbul: Takvimhane-i Âmire 1841 Stock Code: 126850
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First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on WorldCat. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding bears the seal of the reigning Sultan at the time of publication, Abdulmajid I.

Zati was a Sufi Ottoman poet from Gallipoli, who was a follower of the famous Ismail Hakki, "a celebrated Ottoman scholar and poet and one of the most prolific of mystical writers" (Encyclopaedia of Islam). This book contains two of his works printed together. The first is a diwan of mystical poetry celebrating the power of God's love, whilst maintaining a healthy disdain for the pleasures of this world. The second is a verse treatise on Sufism, containing his theories on the four elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire) and advice on the spiritual knowledge of the self.

Zati died in Kesan in 1738, where he is buried.

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Octavo (240 x 155 mm). Contemporary Ottoman green full leather, floral gilt frames to both covers, seal of Sultan Abdulmajid I in gilt on both boards, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, paper watermarked by Fratelli Gava, text in Ottoman Turkish in double ruled border, small piece of paper tipped in with a biography of Zati in Ottoman Turkish from Sami-Bey Fraschery's Dictionnaire Universel.


First double page (p. 2-3) decorated with hand coloured red, blue and gold floral ornament, frame added in gilt.


Binding slightly rubbed on the spine, very light rubbing to gilt decoration, paper slightly toned, a couple of marks to interior not affecting text, illegible stamp on p. 31, a very good copy.


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