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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 54

    MUHAMMAD BIN YA'QUB AL-FAYRUZABADI (D. 1415 AD): AL-QAMUS AL-MUHIT WA AL-QABUS AL-WASIT

    SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD DUST BIN MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, MUGHALD INDIA OR SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1066/1655-1666 AD

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    MUHAMMAD BIN YA'QUB AL-FAYRUZABADI (D. 1415 AD): AL-QAMUS AL-MUHIT WA AL-QABUS AL-WASIT
    SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD DUST BIN MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, MUGHALD INDIA OR SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1066/1655-1666 AD
    A dictionary, Arabic manuscript on paper, 840ff. plus one fly-leaf, each with 25ll. neat black naskh script, significant words and phrases in black or red larger script, text in gold ruled panel between black rules with red and blue outer rules, occasional marginal notes, opening bifolio with gold interlinear clouds and gold illuminated margins, gold and polychrome illuminated heading on first page, two further illuminated headings and one left blank, final page with colophon, russet morocco binding with stamped central medallion with in border and spandrels, dark brown morocco doublures
    Text 7 5/8 x 3 7/8in. (19.5 x 9.8cm.); folio 12 x 7in. (30.5 x 18cm.)


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    Abu Tahir Muhammad bin Ya'qub bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim bin 'Umar al-Fayruzabadi was a scholar from the region of Shiraz. He travelled to Iraq, Syria and Egypt as well as Anatolia and India. This work, Al-qamus al-muhit, is an extensive linguistic dictionary and probably his most renowned work (Al-Zerekly, Al-A'lam, Biographic Dictionary, Beirut, 2007, vol.7, p.146).

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (693); acquired Sotheby's, 18 April 1983, lot 68