7 October 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,375
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): KULLIYAT
QAJAR IRAN, DATED AH 1240/1824-25 AD
Poetry, Persian manuscript on paper, 207ff. plus 5 fly-leaves, each folio with 17ll. of black nasta'liq in clouds reserved against gold arranged in two columns with double gold intercolumnar rules with floral decoration between, titles in red, every page with further text similarly written in the inner margins, every page with panels of gold and polychrome floral illumination, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece, one further similar panel within the text, colophon dated 1240, some staining and first folio coming loose in binding, in possibly earlier lacquer binding with polychrome floral sprays on a horizontal format, surrounded by a border of maroon and gold roundels and a further border of floral spray on green ground, the doublures with a central cartouche with floral decoration on black ground, against a red background with gold meandering vine
Folio 11 x 7in. (28 x 17.5cm.); text panel 6 5/8 x 4in. (16.5 x 10cm.)
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