1846. A leaf from large Koran, Iran, 1846-47, on fine paper. There are fifteen lines of black naskh script, gold rosettes between verses, sura heading in red on illuminated panels, large polychrome medallions in borders, borders ruled in gold, red Persian interlinear translation, colophon signed by the scribe Muhammad'Ali ibn Muhammad Baqir. Framed, measures 345 x 200 mm. #39684. Very Good.
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Spain: 1537. Five lines of music and verse in Latin on extremely heavy vellum. The text is written in a Spanish rounded gothic hand (Rotunda). A beautiful large initial "A" is in yellow with a tile border in black, red, and liquid gold. Verso: Five lines of music and verse with large undecorated initial. This leaf is in a large gilded wooden frame with plexiglass on both sides so that the verso is visible. The leaf measures approximately 25.25 x 17.25 inches. #103. Fine.
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.
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.
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.
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 (207 x 143 mm). 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. Framed. #6802. Fine.
A leaf from a Koran, India, late 15th century, on paper (150 x 115 mm). There are fifteen lines to the page written in elegant bihari script with diacritics in black, the word Allah picked out in gold throughout, illuminated rosettes between verses, margins ruled in blue and red, illuminated devices in margins, sura headings in white on gold panels. Verso: fifteen lines to the page written in elegant bihari script Framed. #32531. Near Fine.
A rare illuminated Koran leaf, probably Heart of Bokhara, late 16th century, on paper. There are fifteen lines to the page: first, eighth, and fifteenth lines of each page written in gold muhaqqaq script with remaining lines written in smaller naskhi script in black ink. Illuminated markers are between verses and illumination flanks the text of each page; surah headings are written in thuluth script in white on illuminated panels in color and gold. All the leaves from this fragment have been remargined due to its age and its interesting provenance (supplied upon request). Framed. #17261. Near Fine.
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.
Spain: 1650. A leaf from a Medieval Antiphonal or Choir Missal, Spain, circa 1650, in Latin on extremely heavy vellum. Text is in a Spanish rounded gothic hand (Rotunda). Music is on a stave formed of five lines. There are six lines of music and verse. Verso: six lines of music and verse. Framed. #2525. Near Fine.
Spain: 1650. A leaf from a Medieval Antiphonal or Choir Missal, Spain, circa 1650, in Latin on extremely heavy vellum. Text is in a Spanish rounded gothic hand (Rotunda). Music is on a stave formed of five lines. There are six lines of music and verse. Verso: six lines of music and verse. Framed. #2537. Near 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.
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.
1770. This beautiful illuminated leaf is from an anthology of Persian Sufi poetry, including works by Sa'di and Hafiz and is scribed in safina format, produced in Persia, on paper, 1770 AD. The scripts employed are the scarce shikasteh and the more common nasta'liq written diagonally on white within gold-bordered cloud bands. Verso: almost a mirror image in design. Beautifully custom framed. #15929. 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.
1887. A leaf from Rand, McNally & Co.'s New Indexed Atlas of the World Containing Large Scale Maps of Every Country and Civil Divisions Upon the Face of the Globe. This double page map presents Delaware, Maryland and Washington, DC with lithographic color differentiating the various geographical regions within. Major cities, towns, rivers and geographic terrain are identified. Map measures 34 x 49.4 cm. or approximately 13 3/8 x 19 1/2 inches. Archivally matted. #50796. Near Fine.
This is an illuminated medieval manuscript Psalter leaf, in Latin, on vellum, Flanders, second half of the thirteen century (125 x 90 mm). There are eighteen lines in a rather small gothic script with single bar borders and serrated line extenders in pink, blue, and burnished gold. Verso: Eighteen lines of gothic script. Framed. #18931. Fine.
London: Illustrated London News, 1864. Ephemera. This page from the Illustrated London News has two illustrations of the Civil War in America. One shows black workers unloading cotton from blockade=runners at Nassau, New Providence. The other is of General Stuart's head'quarters on the Rapidan. The prints are black and white with some hand-coloring. Folio page is double-matted in black paper and gilt. Very good plus condition. ILLUS/041613. Very Good+.
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.
A rare leaf from an astronomical table, measuring and recording the movement of the constellations, the fixed stars and the longitudes and latitudes for certain cities in the Muslim world, North African, Zij Ibn al-Raffa, 18th Century on paper, 17 - 19 lines of text to the page, copied in black, red and blue ink, within ruled borders (235 x 185 mm). Verso: 17 - 19 lines of text to the page, copies in black, red and blue ink, within ruled borders. Framed. #33440. 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.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. This is a leaf from The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, by Frederick Warne & Co., printed and bound in Great Britain by William Clowes, Limited, Beccles and London. “Nutkin became more an more impertinent – “Old Mr. B! Old Mr. B! Hickamore, Hackamore, on the King’s kitchen door.” Nutkin danced up and down like a sunbeam, but still Old Brown said nothing at all.”The framed print measures 5 5/8 x 4 inches. #46251. Very Good.