London, South Kensington
18 April 2016
AN EARLY DIWAN OF AL-MUTANABBI (D. 965 AD) AND FOUR OTHER WORKS
NEAR EAST, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY AND LATER
Arabic manuscript on paper, 149ff., each folio with 20ll. of bold sepia naskh script, with catchwords, occasional titles in larger script, numerous later replaced folios, with added marginal notes, in 17th or 18th century stamped binding; also comprising an 18th century copy of 'Abd al-Wahid bin 'Abd al-Rahman 'Abbasi's Ma'ahid al-tansis 'ala shawahid al-talkhis, on literature, numerous replacements, written in maghribi script, in plain morocco binding; a 19th Ottoman prayer book on sura al-ikhlas dated AH 1254, in original gilt and tooled brown binding with flap; a 19th century Ottoman diwan, quoting historical figures, with illuminated headpiece, in original gilt green binding; an 18th century Ottoman treatise on fiqh, 182ff., one colophon dated AH 1169, various seal impressions, in stamped morocco
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