4 April 2006
AN ILLUSTRATED QAJAR ANTHOLOGY
DATED RAJAB AH 1243/JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1828 AD
Persian manuscript on cream paper, 29ff. plus 4fl, each with 16ll. of black nasta'liq in two columns, important words in red, with blue and black rules within blue, black and gold margins, first page with illuminated headpiece, two full-page illustrations in typical Fath 'Ali Shah period style, fine gold and polychrome lacquer binding with gul-o-bulbul motifs, very good condition
Folio 5¾ x 3in. (14 x 7.5cm.); Text 4 1/8 x 2¾in. (10.2 x 4.2cm.)
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The texts and miniatures are as follows:
Folios 1-24a : Selected stories from the Gulistan of Sa¹di
Folio 11a : Miniature: The king who find his judge drunk
Folio 19a: Miniature: The dispute between a father and son and taking their case to the Judge.
Folios 24b-27b: munajats in Persian (conversation with God)
Folios 27b-29: The text of a few compositions by ' Abd al-Wahhab Mu 'tamid al-Dawla Nishat (d. AH 1244/1828-9 AD) the poet and the secretary to Fath ' ali Shah.
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