1727. An Arabic manuscript leaf of Ibrahim al-Shabrakhiti’s Sharh Mkhtasar Khalil, jurisprudence on Law (Maliki Law), copied by Abdul-Rahman bin Muhammad bin Abil-Qasim al-‘Anabi, from the library of Reinaud, North Africa, probably Algeria, dated AH 1140/ AD1727 on paper (220 x 160 mm.). Maliki is one of the four schools of Fiqh or religious law within Sunni Islam, named for Malik ibn Anas (ca. 710-95), a leading jurist from Medina. This school recorded the Medina consensus of opinion, and uses hadith (tradition) as a guide. The Maliki branch of law uses community practice (sunna), prefer traditional opinions (ra'y) and analogical reasoning (qiyas) instead of a strict reliance on the hadith as a basis for legal judgment. There are twenty-five lines of Maghribi script in black ink with important words picked outr in red ink. Verso: twenty-five lines of Maghribi script in black ink with important words picked outr in red ink. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #25259. Very Good.
London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 1996. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 4to. An excellent reference. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to front board. Boards are very clean. Pristine interior with bright text. Tightly bound with 374 illustrations, mostly B&W. Both vols have blue pictoral dj with light wear to spine ends. Vol I, 48 pp. plus illustrations, Vol II, 220 pp. ILL/022304. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
[Budapest] Hungary: Corvina Kiado, . Hardcover. A lovely facsimile edition of the book of hours held at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, first published in 1985. With beautiful full page color reproductions of the illustrations and the black and white text with decorated color initials. Bound in red suede covers with gilt titling to spine and front covers. Accompanied by a pamphlet offering a commentary on the facsimile edition of the obook printed by Gillet Hardouyn in 1510.Housed in a stiff paper pictorial slipcase. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Quarto. ILLMANU/120618. Near Fine.
[Budapest] Hungary: Corvina Kiado, . Hardcover. A lovely facsimile edition of the book of hours held at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, first published in 1985. With beautiful full page color reproductions of the illustrations and the black and white text with decorated color initials. Bound in red suede covers with gilt titling to spine and front covers. Accompanied by a pamphlet offering a commentary on the facsimile edition of this book of hours printed by Gillet Hardouyn in 1510. Housed in a stiff paper pictorial slipcase. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Quarto. ILLMANU/120618. Near Fine.
Vienna: Edition de L'imprimerie de L'etat Autrichien, 1927. Hardcover. Folio. This is volume II only featuring the text. Grey paper covered boards with gilt emblem to front board. Spine panel is no longer present, though pages remain bound. Remnants of tape to front board. Clean, bright interior. A good candidate for rebacking. IN FRENCH. 207 pages plus geneological table. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/092607. Good Plus.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1884. Paperback. SCARCE. 8vo. Beige paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Wear to wrappers includes one closed tear to top half of front wrapper and one closed tear to bottom half of rear wrapper as well as a few chips to the edges and spine and writing in pencil to top corner of front wrapper. Small chips to corners of text block. Pages are brittle. Pencil marking to footnote on one page. Else is clean and bright. 32 pages. English History. ENGHIS/011818. Very Good.
Paris: Flammarion, 1941. Hardcover. Very good small 4to., cream-colored paper covered boards; 2 blue & gilt floral motif bands across front and rear boards; bright gilt and blue ink title to spine. Light soiling to boards, wear to corners and spine ends. Lacks ribbon ties. Interior is quite clean and bright, though ink inscription to ffep; strong, tight binding. Beautifully illustrated w/25 bright color & gilt plates from various miniature illuminated manuscripts. A lovely title; in French. 87 pp. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/12123. Very Good.
circa 1650. These are leaves from a Hafez Dewan fragment of Ottoman origin, circa 1650, on paper, measuring 169 x 78 mm., consisting of nineteen lines of delicate black nasta'liq script within geometric designs in blue ink. The author, Mohammed Shams od-Din Hafez, lived from 1325-1399. Hafez was one of Persia's finest lyric poets and wrote in the sophisticated "Ghazal" manner. The Dewan takes the poetic format of six and fifteen couplets and expresses Sufi ideals in lyrics. Framed. #17709/17710. Very Good.
New York: Park Lane, 1977. Hardcover. Includes 89 illustrations, 72 in color. Tan cloth boards with gilt title to spine. In beige dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. Clean and bright interior with light browning to margins. Size: quarto. 192 pages. ILL/011718. Very Good / Very Good.
Zurich: Belser-Verlag, 1984. Hardcover. A superb facsimile of the 15th century Office of the Madonna, attributed to Jean Bourdichon, a French miniature painter and manuscript illuminator at the court of France between the end of the 15th century and the start of the 16th century. The beautifully reproduced pages of the original Latin manuscript include 17 full-page illuminated illustrations with ornate borders and illuminated initials throughout. Bound in brown leather with four raised spine bands that have gilt title and ornaments in the compartments. Covers have gilt ruling and heraldic devices. a.e.g. In fine condition. 4 x 6.25 inches. Accompanied by a second volume offering commentary on the manuscript by German art historian and medievalist Eberhard Konig. Bound in brown cloth with red title label affixed to front cover. Also fine. Both are housed in a clamshell box with brown cloth coves, red spine label and small painting of the Madonna on the top. Facsimile: 145 pages; Commentary: 136 pages. ILLUM/121018. Fine.
New York: George Braziller, 1969. Hardcover. A facsimilie edition. Near fine in red cloth boards with device to cover and gilt title on spine. Interior pristine. Contains 139 color and gilt religious art plates with commentary in English facing each facsimilie page. Housed in a very good off-white slipcase with red title to spine and color illustration to front panel. A few scuff marks and spots of soiling to slipcase. A lovely book. Unpaginated. ILL/062416. Near Fine.
New York: George Braziller, 1972. Hardcover. Reproductions and descriptions of the exquisite plates of the 15th century Visconti Hours.With glossy black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. In very good black paper covered slip case with title to spine panel. Minor wear to edges of case. 166 Color plates. Near fine conditon. 262 pages. ILLUM/010719. Near Fine.
New York: George Braziller, 1973. h. A beautifully produced facsimile of the Illuminated Manuscript 9Ms. latin 9471 in the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris. There are 126 splendid full-page plates, each followed by commentary by Marcel Thomas. With a list of plates and short bibliography.Bound in bright red cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt ornamenton front cover. In fine condition. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase with title label to spine manuscript plate affixed to rear. Slipcase shows the slightest wear and in very good condition. Measurer 8 x 12 inches. 247 pages. ILLUM/120618. Near Fine.
New York: George Braziller1975, 1975. Hardcover. Second edition of this lovely facsimile of a manuscript held by the Morgan Library. There are 157 reproductions of the exquisite miniatures illustrating the text of the book of hours. There are also appendixes on the format and content, a detailed reconstruction of manuscript, the calendar, and a bibliography. Bound in cream leatherette with gilt titling to spine and crest to front cover. In fine condition. Housed in a black slipcase with title label to spine and front cover. The cse has some bumping and scraping and only very good. 359 pages. Small octavo. Near Fine.
New York: The Heritage Press, 1960. Hardcover. Fine quarto, light green cloth backed patterned paper boards, gilt vignette stamped to cover. Green, white & gilt title label to spine, which is somewhat faded. Corners sharp, no wear to spine ends, edges. Tiny amount of soiling to rear board. Interior is bright white laid-paper w/no foxing. Full page color illustrations throughout; wide-margins. A charming edition of this classic. 96 pp. Illustrated Books. ILL/8223. Fine.
Liverpool: Henry Young & Sons, 1897. Hardcover. Includes 26 examples from Books of Hours in Quaile's possession. Very good in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and bumping to top corners. Clean, bright interior. Includes 26 plates of which one is in color. Bookplate to front pastedown of Harry Rabinowitz. 149 pages. ILL/042815. Very Good.
1815. This is a leaf from a very fine and imposing manuscript leaf from an edition of Sa'adi's works including the Bustan (Fruit Garden) and the Gulistan (Rose Garden) compiled as the known Kulliyat dating from c.1815. There are seventeen lines, some in double columns while others only in single column nasta'liq black script and of a fine hand; borders are in gold with florals on triangular grounds are typical of Kashmira work of the late 18th and early 19th century. Chapter headers on a gold background and commentary on the sides. Sheikh Sa'adi is acknowledged as the greatest moral teacher in Persia in the Islamic Sufi tradition. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #42481. Fine.
circa 1760. This is a set of leaves from an anthology or collection of poems by Sa'di, Amir Khusrao, Jami and others. Circa 1760, it is written on paper, in a fine hand, black nasta'liq script with occasional phrases in blue. Written diagonally within two columns, the text throughout is encased in double gold lines with a few exquisite blue and gold floral headings. The fragment also contains illuminated title in polychrome colors of blue gold and red with a final folio of perching birds amongst flower sprays. Framed. #22609/22712. Very Good.
circa 1760. This is a set of leaves from an anthology or collection of poems by Sa'di, Amir Khusrao, Jami and others. Circa 1760, it is written on paper, in a fine hand, black nasta'liq script with occasional phrases in blue. Written diagonally within two columns, the text throughout is encased in double gold lines with a few exquisite blue and gold floral headings. The fragment also contains illuminated title in polychrome colors of blue gold and red with a final folio of perching birds amongst flower sprays. Framed. #22611/22702. Very Good.
Chartres: Librairie Sourget, 2002. Hardcover. Heavy 4to. Fine light blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. In near-fine gold colored illustrated dust jacket (light creasing at spine ends) with black title to front and spine panels. Interior is in beautiful condition: crisp, tight and bright. Profusely illustrated with full-color photographic plates of titles from the Librairie Sourget. Price list laid-in. 623 pages. A lovely title. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/11243. Fine / Near Fine.
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.
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.
circa 1825. This brilliantly illustrated leaf is from one of the highest quality medium sized Indian Koran manuscripts, on paper, measuring 192 x 133 mm. This page consists of twelve lines and is a good example, especially because it has a floral margin, which is reserved for only the finest manuscripts produced for important personages. The script is naskh, with thuluth in the headings, and is of a fine elegant hand. A Persian interlinear translation in red has been added. All lines are in gold, as too is the floral border and the Chapter Heading cartouches that are further embellished with blue floral end pieces and white titles. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #4387. Very Good.
Netherlands: circa 1450. A leaf from an illuminated manuscript Book of Hours, use of Utrecht, in Latin and Dutch, the style of decorations and the litanies point to eastern Netherlands, probably Liege, mid fifteen century, mesuring 118 x 82 mm. The manuscript evidently belonged to a convent of Augustinian nuns. St. Augustine leads the confessors in two litanies and the prayers for the dying are only used for female nuns. Archivally matted with both sides of leaf visible. #18824/18826. Very Good.