Description: Persian manuscript on polished gold-sprinkled paper, 41 leaves, 12 lines to the page, written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink, text area divided by gold rules, small square areas each with 2 lines of Omar Khayyam's Rubayat written diagonally in smaller nasta'liq, catchwords, blue scrolling flowers filling numerous panels throughout, margins ruled in colours and gold, illuminated opening headpiece in colours and gold employing chinoiserie cloud bands and scrolling flowers, morocco binding with gilt-stamped medallions and cornerpieces
Dimensions: 23 by 16cm.
Condition Report: In fairly good overall condition, binding worn with abrasions, paper repairs to opening leaves, creasing and various stains, as viewed.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Provenance: Pencil notes on the manuscript in an early twentieth-century hand on a separate piece of headed paper giving the title 'Fifth Avenue Memorial Inc., New York Institution for Burial and Cremation... 40 West 57th Street, New York City'.
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