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Fine Qajar Prayerbook,

containing extracts from the Qur'an, copied by Agha Seyyed Ali Salim'Ullah Ta'ali.

Stock Code
Qajar Persia, 1282

An attractive collection of du'a and aya' from the Qur'an, copied in Arabic with Farsi translation throughout. The exquisite illumination and calligraphy, combined with the fine lacquered boards that form this volume indicate production in a royal Qajar scriptorium, and strongly suggsest that the volume was copied for a member of the Qajar courts under the patronage of Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar.



Single volume, illuminated manuscript on polished paper, in Arabic with some interlinear translations to Farsi, complete, 116 leaves, collation: i1 (single font free endpaper), ii-xiv8, iv6 (last 5 leaves blank), 190 by 125 mm; single column, 7 lines fine scribal black naskh, with some interlinear translations in red nasta'liq, one large illuminated polychrome head-piece and a further 14 illuminated banners opening sections of the text, each with heading in gold thuluth against decorated foliate designed very skillfully executed, some minor water-staining to top edges (causing slight loss to margins of first to leaves) not affecting text, text slightly faded in places, else bright and attractive condition; housed in fine contemporary lacquered boards painted with floral designs within ornamental medallions (in the manner of Islamic bindings), with gold additions to outer covers, inner covers painted with narcissus flower designs of a very high quality, boards backed in leather, spine and extremities slightly rubbed, a few scratches to lacquer, overall very attractive binding.


Stock ID:104791

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