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The gift of letters : correspondence between Nergisi and Veysi.

Woodhead, Christine (2014) 'The gift of letters : correspondence between Nergisi and Veysi.', in Kitaplara vakfedilen bir ömre tuhfe İsmail E. Erünsal’a armağan. Istanbul: Ülke Yayınları, pp. 971-988.


‘Meeting with you was like being in Paradise.’ So begins the first of three letters written by Nergisi to his fellow kadi Veysi and copied into the second recension of his münşe’at in late 1626 or early 1627. It reflects upon a recent meeting between the two which probably occurred some time in 1625 as Nergisi passed through Veysi’s judicial seat at Üsküb in northern Macedonia on the way to his own posting in distant Elbasan in western Albania. Study of this small group of letters, and the one reply from Veysi which accompanies them, permits further thoughts on the nature, form and functions of early seventeenth-century letters in Ottoman literary correspondence.

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Date deposited:27 February 2015
Date of first online publication:2014
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