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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 21

    AHMAD BIN 'ARABSHAH (D. 1450 AD): 'AJA'IB AL-MAQDUR FI AKHBAR TIMUR

    PROBABLY IRAN, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    AHMAD BIN 'ARABSHAH (D. 1450 AD): 'AJA'IB AL-MAQDUR FI AKHBAR TIMUR
    PROBABLY IRAN, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
    An important history of Tamerlan in the hand of its author, Arabic manuscript on paper, 134ff., two fly-leaves, 21ll. of black cursive to the page, titles and important words in red, with red comma-shaped markers, catchwords, occasional marginal notes, colophon probably copied from another manuscript stating that it is in the hand of the author and giving the date of Rajab AH 840, signed and dated, later ownership notes, seal impression, in Mamluk style morocco
    Folio 8 ½ x 5 7/8in. (21.6 x 14.8cm.)


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    Ahmad bin 'Arabshah was born in Damascus in 1392. Taken captive by Timur, he grew up and studied in Samarqand. He travelled through Central Asia and Anatolia before settling in Cairo where he produced this well-known account of Timur's life in 1435 (Reuven Amitai-Preiss & David O Morgan, ed., The Mongol Empire & its Legacy, Leiden, 1999, p.5).

    Another copy, dated 1589 AD, sold at Christie's South Kensington, 8 April 2011, lot 13.

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    Please note that this manuscript can be dated to the 18th or 19th century and not as stated in the catalogue.

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