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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 348

    SHAMS AL-DIN MUHAMMAD SHIRAZI HAFIZ (D. AH 792/1390 AD): DIWAN

    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD QASIM SHIRAZI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1022/1613-14 AD

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    SHAMS AL-DIN MUHAMMAD SHIRAZI HAFIZ (D. AH 792/1390 AD): DIWAN
    COPIED BY MUHAMMAD QASIM SHIRAZI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1022/1613-14 AD
    Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 234ff. each with 14ll. of black nasta'liq surrounded by gold and polychrome floral sprays, the text written horizontally and diagonally in one or two columns with green and gold intercolumnar rules and narrow gold band with foliate illumination down the centre, catchwords, numerous finely illuminated panels, many including diagonal nasta'liq script, three single page miniatures and one double page miniature, three bifolios with gold floral border illumination, text incomplete, some leaves loose in the binding, areas of wear, red morocco with central stamped medallion of scrolling floral design
    Folio 8¼ x 5 1/8in. (21 x 12.5cm.); text panel 6 1/8 x 3in. (15.5 x 7.5cm.)


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    Philip Hofer, from whose library this manuscript comes, founded the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts in the Houghton Library, and was a curator and collector of great zeal and taste. He also spent time working in Harvard, in the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library and in the Morgan Library in New York. He began collecting a wide variety of printed books in 1917, but by 1933 had focused on illustrated and decorated books.

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    Provenance

    Philip Hofer and Frances Hofer, New York.
    Anon sale Sotheby's, 22 October 1993, lot 163