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Tuhfat al-Salawat.

Stock Code 110709

Timurid Herat, dated 28 Ramadan 899 AH (2 July 1494 AD).

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Inscribed by the author. Kamal al-Din Husayn al-Kashifi was a well known Persian writer on mysticism and preacher who died in Herat in 910 AH (1504-5 AD). He was a prolific writer who worked under the partonage of Sultan Hoyayn Bayqara in the courts of Timurid Herat and is best known for Akhlaq-e Moheseni (a treatise on ethics dedicated to Sultan Hosayn), Anwar-e Sohaili (a prose recension of the popular fables of Khalila wa Dimna), Jawaher al-Tafsir'e Tohfat al-Amir (a Qur'anic tafsir) and Lawa'ih al-Qamar (on astronomy and astrology) among others. Tuhfat al-Salawat is a lesser known work on the subject of prayers of intercession for The Prophet Muhammad and callings for blessing, apparently compiled in 899 AH (1494 AD), being the same year of the copying of the present copy.

This manuscript was copied during the lifetime of the author and has an annotation in the colophon by the author's hand. It is very likely that this is the earliest surviving manuscript of this text and possibly the first properly collated edition following the author's original manuscript. No other manuscript copies of this text have been traced: this title is not listed in Brocklemann and no other examples of the text have been identified on Fihrist. This text also appears to be unbublished with no printed editions traced on OCLC.

Adjacent to the colophon of this manuscript is an inscription in the hand of the author stating that this copy has been checked against the original, so not only is this manuscript contemporary to the author, but they were involved in the copying of the text. Furthermore, the contemporary seal impressions of Iskandar bin Sultan Bayaqara (son of Bayqara Mirza II and nephew of Sultan Hosayn Bayqara) strongly indicate that this manuscript would have been copied at the bequest of the Sultan and then likely gifted by them to Iskandar, who went on to marry the Sultan's daughter Sultan Nizhad Begum.

Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper, in Farsi, 170 leaves, complete, 178 x 130 mm; single column, 16 lines black naskh, headings and important words in red, some overlining of important sections also in red, catch-words, illuminated polychrome head-piece opening the text decorated in gold and lapis, a few marginal annotations, leaves ruled in blue and gold, Timurid seals to first and final folios; in modern stamped brown leather binding, resewn with new endpapers added, extremities lightly rubbed.

Brocklemann sup II 285.

Provenance: Iskandar bin Sultan Bayaqara, nephew of Timurid Sultan Husayn Bayqara and son of Bayqara Mirza II (seals stamped to first and final folios).


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Tuhfat al-Salawat.

KASHIFI, Husayn Kamal Al-Din.

Stock code: 110709



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