7 October 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,375
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
ABU'L QASIM FIRDAWSI (D. AH 416/1025 AD): SHAHNAMA
NORTH INDIA OR KASHMIR, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Persian manuscript on polished paper, 528ff., each with 25ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in four columns with double gold intercolumnar rule, catchwords, titles in white on gold panels, text block outlined with red, gold and blue, with numerous miniatures, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, preceding bifolio with double-page miniature, some folios loose in binding, small areas of wormholing and staining, in purple cloth binding with red morocco spine and corners
Folio 13¼ x 8 3/8in. (34 x 22cm.); text panel 10 3/8 x 5½in. (26.5 x 14cm.)
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