1905. Stock ID #157143
276 pages of Javanese manuscript written in the hanacaraka script in a lined journal, double card covers have separated on the lower cover and a few unrelated printed leaves in Dutch (including a form in Dutch authorising someone to collect wood!) bound in presumably to give the covers strength are now visible. Even browning, some occasional stains in the margins, insect damage at lower corner last two leaves not affecting text, one leaf written upside down, first leaf creased, binding skewed and worn but still sound. A very nice manuscript copy of an important Javanese work. 35 x 20.5cm. This manuscript is of The Javanese Menak which are romances inspired by stories of Persian origin based on the adventures of Amir Hamzah or Amir Ambyah, the uncle of the prophet Muhammad. The MS is written in a clear hand in Javanese hanacaraka script. Some initial leaves give a list of the contents of the book as well as a history of its provenance which states that this is a book of Menak, written by Sumantri in Blora, bought by Mas Martosudirjo, head teacher in Blora, 1905 and signed by Martosudirjo. The preliminary leaves are followed by the manscript of the story itself which is in macapat verse beginning in Durma metre. A small notation in the top left corner of p.1 of the MS seems to indicate that the writing of the manuscript was begun on May 12th, 1905 and completed on September 12th 1905. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157143).