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MUHAMMAD BIN SULAYMAN AL-JAZULI (D. 1465 AD): DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT

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MUHAMMAD BIN SULAYMAN AL-JAZULI (D. 1465 AD): DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT

MOROCCO, BEFORE AH 1129/1717-18 AD

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MUHAMMAD BIN SULAYMAN AL-JAZULI (D. 1465 AD): DALA’IL AL-KHAYRAT MOROCCO, BEFORE AH 1129/1717-18 AD Arabic religious manuscript on paper, 122ff. plus three fly-leaves, each folio with 9ll. of black maghribi script, text panel outlined in red, vocalisation in red, important words in red, green and orange, opening page and subsequent headings in red thuluth script within a yellow frame, stylised full-page illustrations of the grave of the Prophet, Abu Bakr and 'Umar, and the minbar at Medina, bound with a selection of prayer with a note in persian at the end dated rajab 1254, in gilt and stamped brown morocco binding Text panel 4 ¼ x 3 ¼in. (11x 8cm.); folio 6½ x 5¼in. (16.5 x 13.5cm.)
Provenance
The Library of Dana C. Bradford (1865-1923), Omaha, Nebraska
Christie's, London, 22 November 1984, lot 151
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This Moroccan copy of the Dala'il al-Khayrat is fascinating - notes added to it show that from Morocco it travelled to Oman, then India, before being purchased by two American collectors at the turn of the 20th century and then sold in London.

An ownership note in Arabic to the reverse of the first folio gives the date of 22 Dhu al-Hijja (?) AH 1129. Prayers added after the main text were copied in Mascat (Bandar Maskat) on 3 Rabi' I AH 1138. On the reverse of the previous folio are notes in devanagari script. A colophon in Persian on the final folio gives the date of AH 1252 and the name of Hajji Muhammad bin Shah.A note in pencil added to the opening fly-leaf reads The Koran in Arabic pronounced by Nuhdad Khan Secretary to the Valiads (?) of [..] Sinda in 1845, to be in very fine and pure Arabic and the ornaments & embellishments are peculiarly Mahommedan, with no suggestion of foreign influence.

The last folio is stamped From the Library of Dana C Bradford. According to the US National Register of Historic Places, Dana C. Bradford (1865-1923) was a wealthy businessman who 'amassed one of the most complete libraries [in Nebraska] as well as collection of paintings' in the early 20th century. His home, Bradford-Pettis House in Omaha, NA was added to the US National Register of Historic Places on July 21, 1983 (http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/83001090.pdf)

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