Prepared by Nimet Bayraktar and Mihin Lugal,
Edited and introduction by Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu,
ISBN 92-9063-060-4 (Turkish ed.)
In the section devoted to each library, this work gives information on its catalogue, particularly hitherto published handlists and catalogues as well as various publications and short histories about the library. More importantly, this work contains a cumulative bibliography about the manuscripts located in the libraries. The previous bibliographies that were published about persons and subjects or about the manuscripts, located in a particular library, were also included in this bibliography. We hope that this guide book about manuscript libraries will fill an important gap in this field and fulfill the serious need felt for such a work for years.
Bibliography on Manuscript Libraries in Turkey and Publications on the Manuscripts Located in these Libraries: "In order to facilitate the task of researchers, the book is supplemented with six original indexes which are prepared taking into account all imaginable possibilities. A guidebook necessary for collectors and all book lovers." Tombak-Kitap, Vol. 12, 1997.
"This is part of a growing corpus of bibliographical guides to libraries and archives in Turkey, Cyprus, and the Arab world published by IRCICA. Introduction is itself an edifying history of libraries and librarianship in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic, providing as well a description of IRCICA’s manuscript projects. This guide unquestionably renders researchers in the Ottoman field an immense service." Jane Hathaway, Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, Vol. 20, no. 2, 1996