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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 125

    JALAL AL-DIN RUMI (D. AH 672/1273-74 AD): MATHNAVI

    SIGNED ABU'L QASIM 'ALI IBN AHMED IBN 'ABD AL-WAHHAB, TIMURID SHIRAZ, DATED 9 SAFAR AH 826/22 JANUARY 1423 AD

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    JALAL AL-DIN RUMI (D. AH 672/1273-74 AD): MATHNAVI
    SIGNED ABU'L QASIM 'ALI IBN AHMED IBN 'ABD AL-WAHHAB, TIMURID SHIRAZ, DATED 9 SAFAR AH 826/22 JANUARY 1423 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on cream paper, 312ff. plus 2 fly-leaves, each with 23ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in four columns with double gold intercolumnar rules, catchwords, headings in blue, gold or purple, occasional marginal notes, opening folio with repaired shamsa with gold and polychrome illumination, following bifolio with elegant similar illumination around the text panels, five further folios with illuminated headpieces, colophon written in cloud bands reserved against gold and flanked by floral illumination, occasional smudging or staining, in original brown morocco with stamped and gilt central roundel and borders, the doublures with stamped medallion decorated in gilt and blue, in fitted red presentation box
    Text Panel 6¼ x 4in. (15.8 x 10.3cm.); folio 9¼ x 5 3/8in. (23.2 x 14.6cm.)


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    This copy of the Mathnavi of Rumi is signed Abu'l Qasim 'Ali ibn Ahmed ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab al-misri aslan wa muhtamidan (?) ash-shirazi daran wa maulidan (of Egyptian origin but commended (?) as al-Shiraz, the place of residence and birth). He is unrecorded.

    The manuscript is amongst the very early copies known of the Mathnavi. In his translation of this work, R.A. Nicholson based his work on five old manuscripts of which only three were complete, two from the 14th century and one dated AH 843/1439-40 AD.

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