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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 79

    QISSAT JAZA'IR WAQ AL-WAQ

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED 1856 AD

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    QISSAT JAZA'IR WAQ AL-WAQ
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED 1856 AD
    Arabic manuscript on paper, 62ff. plus later fly-leaves, each with 19ll. black naskh script, catchwords, occasional marginal notes, colophon on final folio dated 24 July 1856 AD and signed Bayrun, modern brown morocco binding with printed paper doublures
    Folio 9 ¼ x 6 7/8in. (23.4 x 17.5cm.)


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    The Waqwaq island is a remote island which according to some accounts Alexander the Great reached at the end of on his epic travels. On the island grows the Talking Tree, the fruits of which bear human faces. This is a popular theme of mythical medieval literature, see for instance an illustration to a 15th century Arabic manuscript, Kitab al-Bulhan, in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (MS. Bodl. Or. 133). The present work is very probably a translation into Arabic, possibly from a Persian or European text, by a European scholar.

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    Provenance

    Bonham's London, 13 October 1999, lot 591