circa 1840. This leaf is from an excellently preserved circa 1840 Koran, scribed in Kashmir about the time of Queen Victoria coming to the throne of England. Eleven lines of naskh script in a strong hand and on highly burnished paper, measuring 185 x 125 mm. The layout incorporates the typical marginal devices to which the Kashmir scribes are devoted. Neat gold floral devices embellish the corners of each page. The attractive Chapter Headings are in blue and gold. In archival mat with both sides of leaf visible. #4090. Near Fine.
1809. A leaf from a large Koran on polish ivory paper measuring 310 x 190 mm. or approximately 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, with twelve lines of black naskh script between gold rules, gold roundels between verses, sura headings in red on gold panels with polychrome floral spandrels. Red Persian interlinear translation, extensive marginal commentary within gold clouds, elsewhere in the form of Cypress trees and finial shapes. Framed. #6373. Fine.
This leaf is from a medieval manuscript Book of Hours, France, use is unknown, circa early fifteenth century, in Latin, on vellum (132x97mm.). There are twenty-two lines of Lettre Batard script written in brown ink, with twelve minor ilitials in highly embossed gold on an alternating rectangular ground of blue and red pen work. Verso: Twenty-two lines of Lettre Batard script written in brown ink, with thirteen minor initials in highly embossed gold on an alternating rectangular ground of blue and red pen work and interesting catch words on the bottom of the leaf. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #30770. Fine.
A leaf from an illuminated poetry manuscript, Moulana Nurruddin Abdorrahman Jami, North India, middle of the 18th century, on gold sprinkled papeer. There are twelve lines to the page written in two columns of elegant nasta'liq script in black ink, inter columnar rules decorated with floral motifs, corner pieces and outer margins decorated with floral sprays and motifs in colors and gold throughout, inner margins ruled in colors and gold. Leaf measures 210 x 140 mm. Framed. #32889. Very Good.
This brilliantly rare illuminated manuscript leaf is from a remainder volume of the Al-Kamilat Al-Sajjadiyah, Prayers, composed by Zayn Al-Abidin'Ali ibn al Husayn, only some 70 years after the death of the holy Prophet Mohammed. It was written during the period of Shiite Muslim consolidation in Persia under the reign of Abdalmalik who first enforced the use of Arabic as the official language of Persia. There are eight lines of script in elegant Arabic Naskhi, with Persian interlinear translation. The manuscript was dated "AD Huharran 1101/AD1689" Safavid Persia. Pure gold paint is used in the beautiful, meandering, floral pattern, which frames the words and also the many pious comments in the margins. Framed. #33590. Fine.
Paris. A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible: Paris, France, mid 13th century. In Latin on vellum (197 x 134 mm). There are fifty-five lines of triple column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. This leaf is from the final section of the Bible and defines the Hebrew names in alphabetical order. This leaf ends with names beginning with D and starts with C. The letter “D” is four lines high in highly embossed gold on a ground of pink and blue with white tendrils. Verso: there are fifty-five lines of triple column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Bible leaves have become rare especially ones in fine condition. Framed. #3142. Fine.
Framed rare Persian miniature created in the early 19th or late 18th century on paper (290 x 180 mm). It illustrates a scene from the Persian national epic, the Shahnama or Book of Kings. The Shahnama is a poem of some 50,000 couplets that was composed by Abu’l Qasim Firdausi over a period of several decades in the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. Verso: twenty-one lines of four columns in nasta’liq script. #15908. Fine.
North India. Late 18th/19th century Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, seven lines to the page written in nadkhi script in black ink with significant words picked out in red, double interlinear gold rules, interlinear Persian translation in red ink, inner margins ruled in blue and two shades of gold. Twenty-two lines written diagonally in outer margins of each page in nada'liq script in black ink, significant words and sentences picked out in red, illuminated conerpieces, outer margins ruled in blue, orange and two shades of gold, illuminated double-pages in colours and gold. Measures 192 x 122 mm. Framed. #45661/45662. Near Fine.