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AL-MANINI, Ahmad bin Ali al-Uthmani.

Al-Fath al-Wahbi 'ala Tarikh Abi Nasr al-Utbi.

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Tehran, Qajar Persia, 1822

In the twelfth century, there was a shift in the style of histographical authorship that was inspired by Middle Persian chronicle writing removed from the dwindling rhetoric of caliphate secretaries, this new style of biographical writing that was embellished in rhymed verses and literary expressions, taking example from Iranian rhetoric. This newly emerged style was applied to biographies that were written to glorify sovereigns and which granted an insight into the inner workings of these figures in much more detail than any pre-existing general histories. The first book to emerge in this genre was written by Abu Nasr Muhammad bin Abd al-Jabbari al-Utbi (d. 1036), a Persian scholar from a distinguished Arab family who served under Sebuktigin and Mahmoud in their administration, and the present text is an important commentary on this work. Al-Utbi's Kitab al-Yamini is a history of Yamin al-Dawla Mahmoud al-Ghaznawi (d. 1030), which ends in the

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Illuminated manuscript on fine polished paper, in Arabic and Farsi, complete, 322 leaves (including two contemporary endleaves at the front and one at the end of the volume), 295 by 185 mm.; single column, 37 lines fine black naskh with headings and important phrases in red throughout, illuminated polychrome headpiece opening the text, leaves double-ruled in red, blue and gold, contemporary catch-words throughout, wide margins, a few contemporary annotations to margins marking important sections, exceptionally clean and bright copy; contemporary olive morocco over pasteboards, covers with central medallions cut-out and filled with fillegree details in gilt, painted in cream and green, covers ruled in blind, two contemporary (nineteenth-century) paper labels to spine with manuscript bibliographical details, some light scuffing to outer extremities, overall very clean and presentable copy.


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