• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 205

    ZAYN AL-DIN 'UMAR BIN MUZAFFAR BIN AL-WARDI AL-KINDI (D. AH 749/1348-9 AD): KHARIDA AL-'AJA'IB WA FARIDA AL-GHARA'IB FI AL-JUGHRAFIA

    OTTOMAN SYRIA, DATED WEDNESDAY 16TH SHA'BAN AH 1010/30TH JANUARY 1602 AD

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    ZAYN AL-DIN 'UMAR BIN MUZAFFAR BIN AL-WARDI AL-KINDI (D. AH 749/1348-9 AD): KHARIDA AL-'AJA'IB WA FARIDA AL-GHARA'IB FI AL-JUGHRAFIA
    OTTOMAN SYRIA, DATED WEDNESDAY 16TH SHA'BAN AH 1010/30TH JANUARY 1602 AD
    On geography and natural history of the world, Arabic manuscript on paper, 253ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each with 19ll. of black naskh, important words in red, titles in larger naskh, small red dot markers, the text within double red rules, f3v. and f4r. with a colour map depicting the world, diagrams in red and black, in brown stamped morocco, minor losses
    Text panel 6 x 3 1/8in. (15.2 x 7.8cm.); folio 7 5/8 x 5½in. (19.2 x 14cm.)


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    This manuscript is a close but slightly different version of the Kharida al-'aja'ib al-kubra from the same author. A copy of that work in the John Rylands Library indicates that a governor of Aleppo, Shahin, asked the author to draw a map of the world which the copyist neglected to reproduce. Another copy of the Khara'id al-'aja'ib wa farida al-ghara'ib in the same Library has no diagrams or map which gives a specific importance to our illustrated manuscript (Catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, No 317,791)

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