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    Sale 7615

    Art of The Islamic And Indian Worlds

    7 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 345

    THREE BOOKS OF RELIGIOUS SAYINGS

    SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY

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    THREE BOOKS OF RELIGIOUS SAYINGS
    SAFAVID IRAN, 17TH CENTURY
    Comprised of three texts, the Sahifa Kamila, the Sad Kalima (Hundred Sayings) of Imam 'Ali and the Forty Sayings of the Prophet with their translation by Jami, Persian manuscript on paper, 178ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, the first text with 18ll. of alternating black naskh and red nasta'liq with gold interlinear lines, laid down on blue paper between gold rules, copious marginal notes, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece and floral margins; the second text with 3ll. of gold thuluth alternated with 1 or 2ll. of black nasta'liq flanked by panels of floral illumination and gold thuluth, catchwords, between gold and polychrome margins, opening folio with gold and polychrome illumination; third text with 7ll. of naskh and nasta'liq all contained within gold-sprinkled panels, each folio with two such panels with 4ll. of diagonal nasta'liq, laid down between gold, blue and green rules on borders with gold floral illumination, opening folio with gold and polychrome illuminated headpiece and naskh in clouds reserved against gold ground, preceding folio with similar shamsa, folios loose in binding, areas of staining, in repaired brown morocco, the red doublures with central decoupé gilt medallion
    Folio 9 x 5½in. (22.9 x 14cm.)


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    The first section of this manuscript, the Sahifa Kamila, was in the library of the Safavid Prince Husayn, later Shah Sultan Husayn (AH 1105-35/1694-1722 AD), who left his seal impression beneath a librarian's note describing the manuscript, and noting that after having been entered in the Palace Library on 3 Dhu'l Qa'da AH 1101 (8 August 1690) it was inspected on 23 Safar AH 1105 (23 October 1693 AD). An earlier librarian's note registers the manuscript in the Palace Library on 3 Dhu'l Qa'da AH 1101 (8 August 1690 AD) and this is accompanied by the librarian's seal with the name Najaf Quli, which is dated AH 1100 (1688-89 AD).

    The third text is signed by Shaykh Hamid Muzahhib (Illuminator) who is unrecorded.

    The end of the manuscript has a number of Safavid Royal Library notes, one recording its transfer on 14 Sha'ban AH 1045 (13 January 1636 AD), and another with the description of the manuscript and the note that it was a present from a Mirza Abu'l-Baqa. This is in the same hand as the notes on the Sahifa Kamila and is dated 16 Jumada al-Thani AH 1105 (11 February 1694 AD). The three manuscripts must, therefore, have been in the Royal Safavid Library from 1636 to at least 1694.

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    Please note that this manuscript is incorrectly illustrated as lot 344 in the catalogue.