8 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 12,500
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
THE FORTY SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET WITH PERSIAN TRANLATION BY JAMI'
SIGNED SHAH MUHAMMAD AL-KATIB AL-MASHHADI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED AH 886/1481-2 AD
Hadith, Arabic and Persian manuscript on variously coloured paper, 9ff. each with 7ll. of flowing black nasta'liq all contained in gold-specked panels with double ruled gold interlinear rules, each folio with two such panels with 4ll. of diagonal nasta'liq, laid down within gold and polychrome margins on differently coloured gold-speckeled paper, opening bifolio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece and text arranged in horizontal lines, colophon signed Shah Muhammad al Katib al Mashhadi and dated AH 886/1481-2 AD, some pages remargined, small areas of holing and staining mostly restricted to the margins, in light brown moroccco with gold stamped borders and green cloth doublures
Text panel 5¾ x 2 7/8in. (14.5 x 7.5cm.); folio 8½ x 4 7/8in. (21.5 x 12.5cm.)
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The only scribe recorded as SHah Muhammad al-Mashhadi is a poet with the pen-name Wathiqi. His recorded work is dated between AH 963/1555-56 AD and AH 976/1568-69 AD. He cannot therefore be the same.
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Anon sale, Sotheby's, 10 April 1989, lot 235