London, South Kensington
18 April 2016
SIGNED AL-SAYYID 'ABD AL-AHAD KNOWN AS HAFIZ AL-QUR'AN, OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED AH 1119/1708-09 AD
A fine copy, Arabic manuscript on paper, 378ff. plus five fly-leaves, each folio with 13ll. of neat black naskh script, with gold roundel verse markers with black and polychrome highlights, sura headings in white thuluth script within gold and polychrome cartouches with floral decoration, text within black-ruled gold frame, with catchwords, juz' and sajda markers as finely illuminated floral medallions in the margins issuing long blue palmettes, marginal markers in gold or red thuluth script, opening bifolio finely illuminated in gold and polychrome, colophon signed and dated, in heavily tooled and stamped brown morocco binding with flap, floral decoration and gilt highlights, the binding of the period but possibly associated, with green doublures with gilt foliage
Text panel 4 7/8 x 2 ½in. (12.4 x 6.3cm.); folio 7 ¼ x 4 ½in. (18.3 x 11.4cm.)
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