Italy: 1625. Framed leaf from a manuscript antiphonal, of Italian origin, circa 1625, in Latin, on vellum. There are five staves of music and verse in Rotunda script with large capital initials. This Antiphonal was used in a very large cathedral because of its enormous size and is extremely rare.The leaf measures 750 x 525 mm. #49347. Fine.
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Tehran: 1866. A framed leaf from an illuminated Qajar Koran during the rule of Nasir al-Din Shah (1848-1896), Persian, Tehran. 1866, on paper (220 x 200mm.). There are fourteen lines of text of bold naskhi script in a competent hand within gilded cloud-bands and ruled borders; small roundels make the verse endings, illuminated marginal ornaments, sura heading in red thuluth script within illuminated rectangles. Verso: fourteen lines of text of bold naskhi script in a competent hand within gilded cloud-bands and ruled borders. #24076. Fine.