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Mecca Imprint / Hejaz Vilayet Press: اسعاد بانت سعاد شرحى [Esad, Banet Suad şerhi]


4°, two volumes bound together (complete). 1 pp. index, 2 pp., 222 pp. with as always missing front wrappers numbered 1 and 2, original black cloth boards with debossed gilt decoration, later cloth spine covering parts of boards.

(Slightly age-toned with small tears and loss of paper in margins, first two sheets with loss of upper corners and with red staining (due to the colour of the original pink wrappers – common for the books from this area of the time and not to be mixed with pink mold), sporadic sheets loose, binding battered, small scratches and pieces of corners missing, last two pages glued together tight in the inner margin).



A rare book in the Ottoman language is the one and only edition of the commentaries on the Arabic poem Banet Suad and was printed in Mecca by the Press of the Hejaz Vilayet.

The author of the  poem was Ka‘b ibn Zuhayr, a contemporary of the Islamic prophet Muḥammad. The author recited the text for the prophet himself after embracing Islam and was wrapped in Muhammad’s mantle.

Banet Suad is known as the first na’at, poetry in praise of the prophet Muhammad, in Arabic

Worldcat does not list any institutional examples. I. B. B: Atatürk only houses the first volume (OE_TK_00040/01).

References: ÖZEGE 5061.

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