1840. This fine 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. Framed. #4105. Fine.
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A leaf from an illuminated poetry manuscript, Moulana Nurruddin Abdorrahman Jami, North India, middle of the 18th century, on gold sprinkled paper. 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.
circa 1575. This is a leaf from a Prayer book and Benedictional for the use of Cistercian Nuns, in Latin, France second quarter of the 16th century. There are eighteen lines in black ink of angular Gothic script from the section of Temporal Benedictions. Provenance: Cistercian House presumably a nunnery since the opening, and only illustrated, office for the profession of female novices, who promise to live secundum regulam sancti Benediciti. The Illumination within this Prayer Book shows considerable similarities with those of the Master of Francois de Rohan, active in Paris from c. 1525 - 1546. Beautifully custom framed. #6800. Fine.
A leaf from a medieval manuscript Bible: Paris, France, mid 13th century, in Latin, on vellum. There are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. There are book headings, chapter numbers, Book of Tobias [Doway-Rheims] non existent in the King James, Chapters 1-2, Miniature of Tobit lying in bed with a swallow above. Verso: there are fifty-five lines of double column text in microscopic-miniscule Gothic script. Bible leaves from the 13th century are becoming rare. Framed. #2874. Fine.
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.
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.