'ASSAR TABRIZI, Muhammad.
Mihr 'o Mushtari [The Sun and Jupiter],
also known as Eshq'nama, signed by the eminent scribe Pir Hussayn al-Katib Shirazi.
Illuminated manuscript on gold-speckled paper, in Farsi, 208 leaves (with 5 later endleaves), probably lacking at least one gathering at the front of the volume (leaves mounted on stubs, exact collation therefore unachievable), 205 by 130 mm.; single column, 12 lines delicate and fine black nasta'liq script, with 7 illuminated miniatures in the text, each heightened in gold and depicting a famous scene from the narrative, catch-words, headings in gold throughout, text panels ruled in gold and blue throughout; some water-staining to leaves along lower edges (more prominent in final few gatherings), some light scuff marks, overall bright and attractive condition; housed in late eighteenth-century tan blind-ruled boards, with filigree medallions inscribed with the 'Fars Umul Muhammad Khan' (ý) imprint, rebacked in leather and edges repaired.