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  1. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper with fine marbled paper borders, in Farsi, 119 leaves, complete, 336 x 230 mm; single column, 11 lines to the page written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink, occasional headings and significant words in blue, inner margins ruled in gold and blue, outer borders throughout decorated with fine marbling, one illuminated opening headpiece, one further illuminated heading; contemporary burgundy leather binding, blind-stamped with corner pieces to covers, a very handsome volume.

    £30,000
  2. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper, in Arabic, complete, 231 leaves, 260 by 165 mm; single column, 16 lines fine black naskh script, surah headings in red throughout, occasional marginal additions copied int he same hand, catch-words throughout, leaves ruled in gilt and blue, verses marked by gilt roundels throughout, some very faint scattered ink smudges overall very clean and crisp condition; contemporary fine hand-painted lacquered boards, outer covers with elegant floral compositions set against a striking bronzed background, framed within a border of floral cartouches, inner covers in red with gilt spiralling vines, backed in leather, very clean and attractive condition.

    £15,000
  3. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper, in Farsi, complete, 323 leaves (first book 294 leaves, second book 28 leaves, plus an additional leaf of contemporary notes between the two sections) plus a later front free endpaper, 235 by 135 mm; single volume, 21 lines fine black nasta'liq, headings, important words and phrases in red, blue and gold throughout, illuminated gold and lapis head-piece opening the text, with arabesques coloured-in white blue and red, catch-words throughout, some light surface soiling and minor water-staining to margins (affecting some offsetting to ink), as often with medical manuscripts, some gatherings becoming lose with a few loose bifolia, later inscriptions and stamps to preliminary and penultimate leaves; seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century sheep-backed boards, covers ruled in blind and decorated with embossed medallions and cartouches (technique using thick card to form shapes under the leather), upper hinge split along spine, extremities rubbed.

    £17,500
  4. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on polished paper, in Arabic, complete, 191 leaves plus 3 endpapers (two at front and one at the back), 98 by 60 mm; 21 lines fine and refined naskh script copied in miniature format, in black, two opening leaves of prayers copied in central lobed panels, in red, plus an additional set at the end of the volume, opening two facing pages of the Qur'an with exquisitely fine gilt polychrome decorations to borders, interlinear colouring of gold to every leaf of text, catch-words throughout, very clean and crisp condition; housed in fine contemporary gilt lacquered boards, with decorative floral compositions to covers set against a red background and framed within a gold foliate border, a very fine manuscript.

    £22,500
  5. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on paper, in Arabic, complete, 318 leaves plus two later free endpapers, 120 x 80 mm; single column, 14 lines scribal black naskh per page, surah headings in red throughout, first three leaves with interlinear translations to Farsi in red nasta'liq (interlinear spacing continues through the volume, remaining translation never completed), opening two leaves with elaborately decorated gilt and polychrome decorations, these comprising spiralling vines adorned with pink, red, blue and white flowers, leaves throughout double-ruled in gold and black, catch-words throughout, final two leaves with additional gilt polychrome decorations to borders, some small stains and ink smudges, overall attractive condition; hosed in contemporary Kashmiri papier-mâché lacquered boards, outer covers with floral decorations ruled in gilt, inner covers of gold spiralling vines against a striking black background, rubbed and skilfully rebacked.

    £4,750
  6. Single panel, formed of two rhyming couplets of découpage calligraphy, in Farsi, panel 172 by 95 mm (full sheet 235 by 158 mm); single column, 4 lines fine découpage nasta'liq calligraphy cut from cream paper, laid onto a brown card with later gilt additions forming clouds around the text, upper right-hand corner with contemporary découpé floral decorations, signed by the calligrapher (also in découpage) in lower left-hand corner, some light ribbing and faint staining; mounted to thick card with later painted borders, likely assembled thus in the second half of the eighteenth century.

    £12,500
  7. Single volume, illuminated manuscript on 18th-century Western (ý) ruled paper, in Arabic, 236 leaves, collation: i12, ii-xii10, xiii8, xiv6, complete, 98 by 70 mm; single column, 7 lines black naskh with some headings in white (against gold banners), opening two sections copied within circular devices set within elaborate borders with decorations extending into the margins, illuminated polychrome head-piece and 9 hilya and full-page diagrams in the text, verses thoughout marked with gilt roundels, all edges stained pink, a few small smudges of areas of thumbing, overall bright and attractive condition; housed in contemporary leather over paste-boards with flap, traced of gold hand-painting to flap, rebacked, leather to lower board torn with partial loss.

    £4,000
  8. Five volumes, each containing one Juz' of the Qur'an, illuminated manuscripts on thick polished buff paper, in Arabic, containing Juz' VI (An-Nisa 4:148 to Al-Maidah 5:82), Juz' VIII (Al-An'am 6:111 to Al-Araf 7:170), Juz' XI (At-Towbah 9:94 to Hud 11:5), Juz' XVII (Al-Anbiya 21:1 to Al-Hajj 22:78) and Juz' XXX (An-Naba 78:1 to An-Nas 114:6), each Juz' 16-19 leaves (together 84 leaves, plus some contemporary free endleaves to a couple volumes) and all textually complete in themselves, 265 by 170 mm; single column, 11 lines bold black naskh script with diacritics, some vocalisation in red, surah headings throughout in red thuluth script, large polychrome head-pieces (unwan) opening each of the Juz', these executed to a very high standard by a fine hand and illuminated in gold, leaves ruled in blue and gold throughout, contemporary catch-words, some smudges and light staining, a few sections cockled from damp; housed in uniform contemporary Qajar lacquered boards, inside covers painted and ruled in red, outer covers a dark tan with gilt floral pattern to frame outer edges, all rebacked, a little worn in places.

    £3,000
  9. Concertina-style miniature prayerbook, illuminated manuscript in Arabic, complete, 16 conjoined leaves, 48 by 48 mm; numerous illustrations including images of the holy sites of Mecca and Medina, attributions to Prophet Muhammad through depictions of his hand prints, foot prints, and his Seal of Prophecy, with further illustrations pertaining to the other prophets such as the sword of 'Ali, all heightened in gilt, versos and outer boards backed in contemporary marbled paper.

    £10,000
  10. single leaf, ink and gouache on paper, leaf laid on to thick card, total leaf 325 by 200 mm (miniature 202 by 120 mm); two text blocks, each containing two lines verse in black nasa'liq script, some small sections of overpainting, some small sections of darkening and light finger-soiling, framed within multiple gilt rulings, wider margins painted in gilt foliate decorations, reverse blank, unframed.

    £3,500
 

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