31 March 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 2,250
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
ABU MUHAMMAD BIN 'UMAR BIN MUHAMMAD BIN 'ALI AL-BAYDAWI (D. AH 685/1286 AD): ANWAR AL-TANZIL WA ASRAR AL-TA'WIL
OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED FRIDAY 18 RABI' II AH 1003/31 DECEMBER 1594 AD
Commentary on the Qur'an, Arabic manuscript on paper, 404ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 35ll. of black naskh, important words and phrases picked out in red, text between red and blue rules, catchwords, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece framing the bismallah, frontispiece with title in silver on gold and polychrome illuminated panel and inscription rosette, colophon with date of Friday 18 Rabi'II 1003 and later owner's inscription in black pen, some folios loose in binding, areas of waterstaining, in brown morocco with flap, with central gilt stamped medallion, areas of repair
Text panel 7 3/8 x 3½in. (18.5 x 8.8cm.); folio 10¼ x 6 1/8in. (26 x 15.1cm.)
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This manuscript was in the possession of 'Abdullah ibn Yusuf, the Major-Domo of the Palace of Galata on 25 Rajab AH 1200/24 May 1786 AD.
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