According to M. Rogers, the Marifatnameh, an encyclopaedia of cosmological topics compiled in AH 1170/AD 1756-7 by Erzurumlu Ibrahim Hakki, is actually more concerned with eschatology, including hell, than celestial or terrestial geography. It nevertheless contains interesting planispheric maps of the Old and New Worlds. These were drawn by a surveyor (muhendis) named Mustafa and were based on the Atlas Major of the Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu (1596-1673), which was influential in 18th-century Ottoman Turkey. (See J.M. Rogers, Empire of the Sultans, London, 1996, pp.121-123, no. 74.) The Khalili Marifatnameh, dated AH 1226/AD 1811, is considered to be one of the earliest recorded copies. Also compare the British Library copy, MS.Or.12964, which was completed in Erzurum in AH 1235/AD 1820.
Other copies of the Marifatnameh were included in sales in these rooms on 14th October 1998, lot 148; Christie's, 1st April 1982, lot 182; 21st November 1986, lot 51; 16th June 1987, lot 58; 10th October 1989, lot 291, and 10th October 2000, lot 50.
Literature: C. S. Revnakoglu, Ezeruri Ibrahim Hakki ve Marifatname, Istanbul, 1961.
Ibrahim ibn Darwish `Uthman Haqqi al-Arzrumi, Ma`rifatnameh, an encyclopaedic work, illuminated and illustrated in the Ottoman style by 'Abdallah Lutfi Constantinople, AH 1203/ AD 1788, dated AH 1239/AD 1823 (?)