[MANUSCRIPT / MEDICINE / MAGIC: 18TH CENTURY MEDICINE FROM AN OTTOMAN POET] Kitâb-i Ebûbekir Nusret Efendi [Mâ-hazar - Mücerrebât-i Nusret - Nusret Efendi mecmuasi]. Copied and annotated with the names of drugs by Hafiz Ali b. Ebûbekir
ÇANKAL-ZÂDE HOCA EBÛBEKIR NUSRET EFENDI HARPUTÎ, (?-1794), Manuscript, [probably Istanbul, [AH 1242] = 1826.
COMPLETE TITLE: [MANUSCRIPT / MEDICINE / MAGIC: 18TH CENTURY MEDICINE FROM AN OTTOMAN POET] Kitâb-i Ebûbekir Nusret Efendi [Mâ-hazar - Mücerrebât-i Nusret - Nusret Efendi mecmuasi]. Copied and annotated with the names of drugs by Hafiz Ali b. Ebûbekir (Izâfi'l-Gafurü'l-Hakîr)
Contemporary (early 19th century) quarter brown cloth with marbled boards, "Yahudi ebrûsu" end-papers. Roy. 8vo. (23 x 16 cm). In Ottoman script (Old Turkish with Arabic letters). 90 p., numbered with Arabic numeric system in pencil, around seven illustrated schemes of magical diagrams.
Written on a probably 17th-18th century European paper with "Crescent" watermark, naskh script with "harakât", black and red ink.
Early and a rare posthumous manuscript copy of this 18th-century Islamic majmua, containing the treatment methods and drug compositions against physical and spiritual diseases, with material and magical suggestions, copied 32 years after the author's death by a "Hafiz" with an addendum of new drugs and treatments compiled from older annotations of this work.
"In the first part of the work on spiritual medicine, verses, prayers, talismans, and magic formulas in the Islamic culture like "wafqs" that are believed to be treated; in the second part, on physical medicine, drug formulas from various material objects for physiological diseases are shown." (Çagrici).
Harputî was an 18th-century poet and prose from Harput (Kharberd). In the introduction to the manuscript, he stated that he is not a doctor, but that he writes practices that can heal patients due to his experiences. Despite this, the text was widely used in Ottoman medicine in the 18th and 19th centuries.