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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 33

    MUHYI AL-DIN LARI (D. 1526-7 AD): KITAB FUTUH AL-HARAMAYN

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD SAYFULLAH, LAHORE, PUNJAB, DATED MUHARRAM AH 1256/MARCH-APRIL 1840 AD

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    MUHYI AL-DIN LARI (D. 1526-7 AD): KITAB FUTUH AL-HARAMAYN
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD SAYFULLAH, LAHORE, PUNJAB, DATED MUHARRAM AH 1256/MARCH-APRIL 1840 AD
    A renowned guide to the historic, geographic and religious places in and around Mecca and Medina, Persian manuscript on paper, 46ff. plus four fly-leaves, each with 16ll. black nasta'liq script, in two columns, words overlined in red, gold ruled borders and divisions between black rules, blue outer rule, headings in red nasta'liq script across two columns, similar panels of Arabic in red naskh script, three folios with text in red nasta'liq script between gold clouds, gold and polychrome illuminated heading on opening folio with text in gold clouds below and on following page, illuminated illustration of the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca, 18 other similar illustrations of holy places at Mecca and Medina, colophon on final page dated Muharram AH 1252, in original dark brown morocco binding with gold tooled border, red paper covered doublures
    Text 6 ½ x 3.1/1in. (16.5 x 9.2cm.); folio 8 ¾ x 5 5/8in. (22.4 x 14.2cm.)


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    During the 16th century, several new travel guides to the sites of pilgrimage were written that were based on the earlier Hajj certificate tradition. One of the earliest and most popular accounts was by Muhyi al-Din Lari, a polymath who dedicated the work to Muzaffar bin Mahmudshah, the ruler of Gujarat in AH 911/1505-06 AD. The earliest known copy of the work is in the British Museum (Or. 3633) copied at Mecca in AH 951/1544 AD. Other dated copies are in the India Office Library (the British Library), Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard University Art Museum, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and the New York Public Library (Barbra Schmitz, Islamic Manuscripts in the New York Public Library, New York, 1992, pp. 42-46, I.3).

    The colophon indicates that this Tuhfat al-Haramayn was copied for Nawab Mir Sarfaraz Khan in Lahore in AH 1256. There are mentions of Nawab Mir Sarfaraz Khan of Chamusa, an Afghan of the Durrani dynasty, who was taken prisoner to Lahore in 1818 where he died in 1851 (http://www.royalark.net/Afghanistan/durrani2.htm). A note on the first folio gives the full name of Nawab Sarfaraz Khan Bahadur Jang.


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