6 October 2009
SHEIKH MUSLIH AL-DIN SA'DI (D. AH 691/1292 AD): BUSTAN
SIGNED MIR 'IMAD, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 987/1579/80
Persian manuscript on gold speckled paper, 148ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 12ll. of black nasta'liq arranged in two columns with double intercolumnar divisions, titles in blue or red nasta'liq, catchwords, within coloured borders with gold scrolls, within gold and polychrome rules, the gold speckled margins with gold, pink and green floral illumination, the opening bifolio finely illuminated, some pages with the text written diagonally within small cartouches, the final folio possibly added, misbound, waterstaining, in gilt and stamped red morocco
Text panel 5 5/8 x 2¾in (14.3 x 6.8cm.); folio 10 5/8 x 6 7/8in. (27 x 17.5cm.)
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For an extensive note on Mir 'Imad al-Hassani al-Husayni, one of the most celebrated nasta'liq calligraphers of the Safavid period, please see lot 84.
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