New York: George Braziller, 1967. Hardcover. Number 70 of 1000 numbered copies. This facsimile editon comprises the two parts of the Lorsch Gospels from the Biblioteca Documentara Batthyaneum in Alba Julia, Rumania, and the Bibliotexa Apostolica Vaticana in Rome. It was published on the initiative of Wolfgang Braunfels, who also wrote the introductory text accompanying the volume. Includes six color engravings. Printed in Germany on paper that resembles vellum and hand bound. Many pages are reproduced in black and white, but some are in full color. A thick, heavy folio bound in dark red cloth covered boards with vellum spine titled in gilt. Ex-library with evidence of removed call number label to foot of spine. Removed card pocket to rear endpaper. Minor soiling / rubbing to covers. Library stamp to fore-edges. Unpaginated. Includes an introductory booklet with text by Wolfgang Braunfels, 24 pages. The tipped in illustration at the rear of the booklet is present but detached. The booklet is bound in grey paper wrappers and appears to have once been attached to the front endpapers of the book, but is now loose (and laid-in). Tears and rubbing to endpapers where booklet was removed. Both the booklet and book are clean and bright overall. Minor roll to spine. A nice facsimilie edition. Lacks slipcase. ILL/090220. Very Good.
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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.
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: 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 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.
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.
London: Thames and Hudson, (1983). Hardcover. 12mo. A facsimile of the 15th-century Flemish Book of Hours made for William, Lord Hastings now in the British Library, London. 78 pages reproduced in color. Fine in off-white cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. Housed in off-white illustrated slip case with ribbon. 159 pages. ILL/021819. 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.
India: 1425. Framed rare leaf from the remains of a Koran, on paper, India, Sultanate, originating in the state of Bihar, circa AD 1425 (330 x 250 mm). Text is from the end of juz 15 and juz 16 – 30. There are eleven lines of large bihari script in black ink; the word Allah picked out in red or gold throughout, first ‘ayah’ of each juz selected in gold, single verse divisions marked with illuminated gold florets, sura headings written in white on illuminated panels with palmetts extending into the margins, inner and outer margins ruled in red and blue, large finely illuminated marginal devices marking sajda instructions, juz, quarter and half and three-quarter juz, text words in black. The condition is in unusually good condition. Damp staining confined largely to one corner, hardly affecting the text. #17886. Good.
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., circa 1825. This page consists of twelve lines with 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 borer and the Chapter Heading cartouches that are further embellished with blue floral end pieces and white titles. There are slight signs of devotional wear. Framed. #4324. Near Fine.
Persia. Framed handwritten manuscript leaf from a Koran, Persia, middle of the 16th century, on paper (325 x 220 mm). This leaf comes from a large-sized Koran of fourteen lines of black Nasta’liq script. It has elegant marginal devices recto and verso. Verso: fourteen lines of black Nasta’liq script. #18003. Fine.
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.
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.
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.