6 October 2009
JAMAL AL-DIN ABU MUHAMMAD NIZAMI (D. AH 613/1217 AD): MAKHZAN AL-ASRAR
SIGNED MUHAMMAD SALAH AL-HUSAYNI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED 1 DHU'L QA'DA AH 1032/27 AUGUST 1623 AD
A series of poems and versified legends of ethical and mystical significance, manuscript on gold-speckled paper, 38ff. as numbered plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 15ll. of black nasta'liq organized in two columns, titles in red nasta'liq, further text written diagonally around the main text panel, within gold and polychrome rules, each folio with illuminated medallions, opening folio with illuminated headpiece, slight smudging, in good condition, later owner's stamps and notes, in later blue morocco
Text panel 7 3/8 x 3½in. (18.7 x 8.9cm.); folio 9 1/8 x 4 5/8in. (23 x 11.8cm.)
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Muhammad Salah is an obscure scribe whose only other recorded work is a calligraphic page dated AH 976/1571-72 AD (Mehdi Bayani, Ahval va Asar-e Khosh-Nevisan, Vol. III, Tehran, 1348 sh, pp. 781-82).
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