Fribourg: Editions d'Art Ebory, . Hardcover. An exquisite exact facsimile of a miniature book of hours from the Vatican library's collections. This is the first reproduction of this sumptuously designed and decorated book from the end of the fifteenth century. The facsimile is bound in fine brown leather with three raised spine bands with gilt decorations and Ross 94, gilt heraldic image on front cover, and all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The book was laser printed on specially made paper. Accompanying the book is another book providing commentary in French written by Marcel Thomas, the chief conservator of the manuscripts department at the Bibliotheque Nationale. He writes about the book's provenance, history, and importance. This is followed by a discussion of the decorations and bibliographical details. Bound in cream suede soft covers with gilt title on front cover. Both volumes are housed in a cream colored suede clamshell box with the title on spine. Books and box are all in fine condition. Facsimile measures 2.75 x 3.75 inches and has 240 pages; Commentary is 45 pages. Box measures 5.75 x 8 inches. ILLUM/010319. Fine.
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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.
India: 1878. This is a leaf from a remaindered (Dala'il al-Khayrat) prayer book, scripted in India, in 1878, thirteen lines scribed in a strong Naskhi script on a fine lines paper, measuring 204 x 130 mm. It was written in Arabic with Persian translation in red ink between the lines. The holy name of Allah is in red ink. The headings are in gold as well as the borders. Gold rosettes end the verses. The original text was composed by Muhammed ibn Sulayman al-Jazuli. This is one of the most popular devotional prayer books of Islam. Framed. #17661. Fine.