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Auction Description for Sotheby's: Arts of the Islamic World

Arts of the Islamic World (233 Lots)

by Sotheby's


233 lots with images

19 October 2016

Live Auction

London, United Kingdom

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ABU BAKR MUHAMMAD IBN ZAKARIYA AL-RAZI (KNOWN AS RHAZES OR RASIS, D.925 AD), KITAB AL-TAQSIM WA AL-TASHJIR, A TREATISE ON MEDICINE, SIGNED BY SA’AD IBN SA’ID IBN LUTFALLAH IBN SA’AD AL-KATIB AL-MISRI, EGYPT, ABBASID, DATED 641 AH/1243-44 |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 156 leaves (1st 5 later contents pages), 13 lines to the page, written in naskh script in brown ink, catchwords, occasional marginal notes and numbering, later brown morocco binding

Condition Report: In fair overall condition, losses to binding, manuscript block requiring rebinding, pages generally clean, but some worm holes to final pages of manuscript, 2 further pages with larger central holes, occasional pages loose within binding, occasional stains and wear to leaf edges, 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."

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SHARAF AL-DIN ‘ABD AL-MUN’IM IBN HIBATALLAH (KNOWN AS SHAFRUH AL-ISFAHANI, D.CIRCA 1202 AD), KITAB ATBAQ AL-DHAHAB ‘ALA MAWA’ID AL-KHUTAB, A COLLECTION OF MORAL AND RELIGIOUS PRECEPTS, PERSIA OR ANATOLIA, ILKHANID OR SELJUQ, LATE 13TH/EARLY

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 103 leaves plus 5 flyleaves, 10 lines to the page, written in neat black naskh script, keywords picked out in larger black thuluth script, f.1a with title in large gold thuluth script with illuminated roundel and seal impressions, following page with illuminated bismillah in fine gold thuluth script within a blue-ground cartouche filled with scrolling split palmettes, later binding

Condition Report: In fairly good overall condition, binding later with various scuffs and tape repair, some water staining, occasional off-setting and minor stains, pages generally clean and fresh, calligraphy bold, opening pages thumbed, 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."

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A LARGE ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, EGYPT, MAMLUK, MID-14TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 304 leaves plus 5 flyleaves, 13 lines to the page, written in neat naskh script ink black ink, replacement final page, verses separated by gold florets, catchwords, fifth verses marked by pear-shaped florets emanating fronds, tenth verses marked by gold foliate roundels outlined in blue within the text, surah headings in large gold thuluth spaced between the text, with filled-in interstices, textual divisions marked in the margin, sometimes in gold within a gold-outlined panel against a feintly-lined ground, ff.1b-2a with double page illuminated frontispiece composed of interlocking geometric motifs enclosed within strap-work borders, the text above and below in white thuluth script within gold cloud bands against a blue vegetal ground, following double page with text within cloud bands against a ground of large scrolling vines resting on feint lines, text above and below in large gold ornamental Eastern Kufic script, further illuminated double page at the beginning of juz' XVI (surah al-Kahf, vv.75-78), later brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped central panels decorated with scrolling vines and calligraphic border cartouches, cut-paper filigree-work doublures, with flap

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, binding worn with associated repair, spine re-backed, some re-glueing to text block required, various marginal paper repairs throughout, illumination bright an ink bold, stains but pages generally clean, last page old replacement with repair, 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."

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MAJMU'A, A SCIENTIFIC, ASTRONOMICAL AND MATHEMATICAL COMPENDIUM OF ELEVEN WORKS, DEDICATED TO THE ARTUQID RULER ABU’L-HARITH IBN QARA ARSALAN IBN ARTUQ, MARDIN, ANATOLIA, DATED 685 AH/1286 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 193 leaves plus 3 flyleaves, 18 lines to the page, written in naskh script in brown ink, keywords picked out in larger red script, catchwords, 3rd work with various astronomical diagrams including 1 full page and 2 half-page diagrams, various other mathematical charts, brown leather binding with tooled central medallions decorated with a weave of split-palmettes, with flap

Condition Report: In fairly good overall condition, f.1 missing upper section with associated repair, other marginal paper repairs to opening and closing leaves, otherwise manuscript generally clean, some minor stains and worm holes, wear and stains to binding, 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."

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ABU’L-FADL ‘IYAD IBN MUSA ‘IYAD AL-YAHSUBI (DIED 1149-50 AD), KITAB AL-SHIFA’ FI TA’RIF HUQUQ AL-MUSTAFA ('THE RESTORATION TO HEALTH IN THE EXPLANATION OF THE PREROGATIVES OF THE ELECT'), A BIOGRAPHY OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD, EGYPT, CAIRO,

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Description: Arabic manuscript on polished cream paper, 223 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 19 lines to the page, written in neat and bold naskh script in black ink, chapter headings picked out in larger thuluth script, margins ruled in blue and gold, illuminated title page on f.2a comprising the title in thick white Eastern Kufic script against a blue ground filled with scrolling split-palmettes, surmounting a text block executed in gold thuluth within cloud bands against a feintly-lined ground filled with a dense vegetal interlace, gold strapwork borders leading to marginal roundel, ownership inscriptions filling the margins, reddish-brown Ottoman morocco binding with gilt-stamped lobed central cartouche and cornerpieces filled with vines and chinoiserie cloud bands, with flap

Condition Report: In fair overall condition, binding worm-holed, worn and with spine split and disintegrating requiring conservation, some pages loose within text block, pages generally clean and ink bold, some worm holes, opening pages thumbed, 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."

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JALAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD RUMI (D.1273 AD), DIWAN-E SHAMS, SIGNED BY ‘ALI IBN MUSA AL-SULEYMANI, ANATOLIA, PROBABLY KONYA, KARAMANID, DATED 740 AH/1339-40 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 278 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 17 lines to the page, written in even and neat naskh script in black ink in 2 columns ruled in red, headings in slightly larger red thuluth script, f.1b with illuminated headpiece containing the bismillah against a foliated ground with scrolling borders, later cloth-covered binding with vegetal motifs

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, opening follow with significant tears requiring conservation, otherwise pages generally clean and fresh, later binding, occasional leaves slightly loose, minor repairs to leaf edges, 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."

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ABU NASR ISMA’IL IBN HAMMAD AL-JAWHARI (D. CIRCA 1002-09), AL-SAHAH FI’L-LUGHA, COPIED BY SHARAF-AL-DIN MUHAMMAD IBN AL-WAHID AL-KATIB AND FINISHED BY YAHYA IBN ‘ALI IBN YAHYA IBN MUHAMMAD IBN AL-MASHHADI, WESTERN PERSIA, JAZIRA OR

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 359 leaves (2 replacement) plus 3 flyleaves, 33 lines to the page, written in neat naskh script in black ink, keywords picked out in gold thuluth, catchwords, each word of the dictionary written in naskh script in red ink in outer margin of each folio, f.1a with illuminated title page with heading in ornamental Eastern Kufic script in blue outlined with gold against a ground of scrolling vines, author's name below in larger black naskh script within cloud bands against a hatched ground filled with large interlacing split palmettes, keyfret borders, later brown leather binding with foliate medallions

Condition Report: In very good overall condition, two replacement folios, binding with various stains and scuffs, two later replacement leaves, occasional stains and marginal paper repairs, a few pages slightly loose in the binding, minor tears, pages generally clean, and ink bold, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ’ (XXIX), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, LATE 14TH/EARLY 15TH CENTURY |

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Description: text: surah al-mulk (LXVII) to surah al-mursalat (LXXVII), end of verse 45Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 51 leaves, 5 lines to the page, written in large gold muhaqqaq script outlined in black, 8 surah headings in large thuluth script in blue ink, double page frontispiece with upper and lower text in large white ornamental Kufic script against a plain ground filled with gold scrolling split-palmettes, later red morocco binding with central gilt-stamped cartouches

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, occasional marginal paper repairs, minor water stains, crude repairs to first 2 leaves, thumbed, some pages loose in binding, binding worn, occasional smudges, pages otherwise clean and text bold, 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."

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JALAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD RUMI (D.1273), THE SIX BOOKS OF THE MATHNAWI, WESTERN PERSIA OR BAGHDAD, CIRCA 1300-50 |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 252 leaves plus 2 flyleaves, 27 lines to the page, written in small and neat naskh script in black ink within 4 unruled columns, catchwords, key words, lines and headings in slightly larger thuluth script in red ink, numerous marginal glosses throughout, f.1a with an ovoid seal impression and various notes, brown morocco binding with central stamped cartouche filled with scrolling vines and chinoiserie cloud bands

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, binding worn, spine repaired, minor losses to opening leaf edges, various water stains and other small stains, pages generally clean, some leaves beginning to come loose from binding, 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."

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JALAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD RUMI (D.1273 AD), THE SIX BOOKS OF THE MATHNAWI, PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 904 AH/1498 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 383 leaves plus a flyleaf, 19 lines to the page, written in small nasta'liq script in black ink within 4 columns separated by gold intercolumnar rules, titles picked out in larger red, gold and blue, catchwords, margins ruled in the same colours, illuminated double page frontispiece decorated with a fine interlace of split-palmettes and polychrome flowers against a blue ground, the text within cloud bands against a gold ground, including two couplets in praise of Rumi’s Mathnawi, 5 further corresponding illuminated headpieces at the start of each book, brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped cartouches and corner-pieces filled with chinoiserie cloud band motifs

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, binding worn with losses and associated repair, beginning and end pages with some paper repairs to leaf edges, small loss to lower right page illumination, occasional spotting and other stains, pages generally clean and illumination bright, 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."

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NASIR AL-DIN TUSI (D.1274 AD), TADHKIRAH-YE AGHAZ VA ANJAM ('THE BEGINNING AND THE END', A TREATISE ON INTERPRETATION OF ORIGINS AND THE HEREAFTER), COPIED BY ‘ABD AL-RAHIM IBN ‘ABD AL-RAHMAN AL-KHWARAZMI (KNOWN AS AL-SULTANI), PERSIA, TIMURID,

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Description: Persian manuscript on polished paper, 25 leaves, 12 lines to the page, written in fine small nasta'liq script in black ink, keywords picked out in gold, catchwords, margins ruled in gold, finely-illuminated opening headpiece composed of interlocking lobed cartouches filled with an interlace of polychrome split-palmettes on blue and gold grounds with strap-work borders, soft paper binding with ebru decoration

Condition Report: In good overall condition, small loss to lower edge of final folio, wear to spine and binding slightly rubbed, pages generally clean and illumination bright, 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."

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ABU ‘ABDULLAH MUHAMMAD AL-BUSIRI, QASIDA AL-BURDA, WITH CALLIGRAPHIC MUFRADAT, SIGNED BY BY HUSAYN AL-FAKHKHAR AL-SHIRAZI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 970 AH/1562-63 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 30 leaves plus 3 flyleaves, each leaf with a text panel set into the page and ruled in colours and gold, each panel split into 5 boxes, with two large lines of text in thuluth script in black ink, enclosing 2 smaller lines in naskh script, the first 10 pages comprising a mufradat, followed by the Qasida, opening double page with illuminated headpiece composed of interlacing flowers, split-palmettes and chinoiserie cloud bands, reddish-brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped central lobed cartouche filled with flowering vines, thin robe-work border, doublures with cut-paper filigree cartouches, with flap

Condition Report: "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."

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AN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY IN SAFINA FORM, PERSIA, TURKMAN, CIRCA 1450-90 |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 58 leaves plus 25 flyleaves, misbound, 6 to 8 lines to the page, written in small and fine nasta'liq script in black ink vertically and diagonally, ruled in blue, black and gold, 4 pages with illuminated headpieces in colours and gold with titles in white Kufic, many pages with stencilled outer margins of varying vegetal designs in numerous different colours, reddish-brown morocco binding with gilt stamped central medallion filled with vines and chinoiserie cloud band motifs, scroll-work border

Condition Report: In fair overall condition, binding in need of repair as one board loose, creases and wear to binding, paper edges water-stained, various small smudges and other stains, text area generally clean, 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."

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'ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI (D.1492), DIWAN, SIGNED BY DARVISH 'ALI (KNOWN AS WAYSI), PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 878 AH/1473 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 267 leaves plus a flyleaf, 15 lines to the page, written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink within 2 columns separated by double intercolumnar rules in gold, headings in larger blue or gold text, catchwords, margins ruled in black, gold and blue, f.1a with an illuminated shamsa with scrolling border enclosing a gold quatrefoil filled with text in thuluth script, following page with corresponding illuminated headpiece, Ottoman brown morocco binding with central lobed cartouches and corner-pieces filled with animals and interlacing vegetal motifs, cut-leather filigree-work doublures, with flap

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, minor losses to opening and closing leaf edges, some water stains, illumination bright and pages generally clean, gilding worn on binding, some re-gilding to flap, spine and flap repaired, occasional light smudges, 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."

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AMIR KHUSRAW DEHLAVI (D.1325), MATLA' AL-ANWAR, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD AL-KATIB OF RAZAH, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 989 AH/1581 AD, IN EARLIER OTTOMAN LEATHER BINDING, TURKEY, CIRCA 1500 |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 133 leaves plus 3 flyleaves, 12 lines to the page, written in small and neat nasta'liq script in black ink within 2 columns separated by gold double intercolumnar rules, headings in larger red text, catchwords, margins ruled in colours and gold, opening page with illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, fine earlier Ottoman brown morocco binding with moulded and tooled decoration comprising interlocking lobed cartouches enclosing fine interlacing vines and split-palmettes, gilt-tooled ropework borders, red doublures with fine cut-paper filigree-work cartouches and cornerpieces against a blue ground, with flap 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, pages slightly cropped to accomodate later-fitted (yet earlier) binding, spine worn, minor stains and wormholes, pages generally clean, 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."

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AMIR KHUSRAW DEHLAVI, DIWAN, SIGNED BY NUR AL-DIN AL-HARAWI, PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 896 AH/1491 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on polished paper, 459 leaves, 14 lines to the page, written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink within 2 columns, headings in alternating gold and blue, catchwords, margins ruled in gold, black and blue, opening double page frontispiece finely illuminated with gold and polychrome interlacing split-palmettes against a blue ground, text within cloud bands against a gold ground sprinkled with flowers, brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped cartouches and corner pieces filled with interlacing vines, doublures with filigree-work cartouches, missing flap

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, opening and closing pages with paper repairs to leaf edges, some water staining and other occasional stains and light creasing, pages generally clean and ink bold, binding worn, missing flap with spine repaired, 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."

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THE FORTY HADITH OF THE PROPHET AND MUNAJAT OF IMAM ‘ALI, SIGNED BY ‘ABD AL-RAHIM IBN MUHAMMAD QASIM AL-KATIB, PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 886 AH/1481-82 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on a text area sprinkled with gold, 15 leaves, 10 lines to the page, written in alternating large blue and smaller black nasta'liq script, the interstices decorated with scrolling gold flowers, text area set into outer margins decorated with stencilled broad leafy decoration of varied colours, each work with an illuminated opening headpiece in colours and gold, the Hadith with title in ornamental white Kufic, soft leather binding with simple tooled decoration

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, wear to binding, various leaves loose in binding, thumbed, small loss to lower outer corner of opening leaf, other small 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."

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JALAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD RUMI, (D.1273 AD), THE SIX BOOKS OF THE MATHNAWI, PERSIA, TIMURID, DATED 881-6 AH/1476-81 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on polished paper, 433 leaves plus a flyleaf, 17 lines to the page, written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink within 4 columns separated by double intercolumnar rules in gold, catchwords, headings in gold and black, f.1a with illuminated shamsa with a border of interlacing split-palmettes enclosing a lobed medallion, old inventory mark above 'no.(2)', following double page with preface written in gold riqa' script with tightly-woven headpiece and borders of scrolling flowers in colours and gold, ff.2b-3a with fully illuminated double page frontispiece rigorously decorated with a carpet of scrolling vines, split-palmettes and gold cartouches against a blue ground, 5 further illuminated headpieces at the start of each book with corresponding decoration, 1 of which with heading in ornamental white Eastern Kufic script, later Qajar lacquer binding decorated with floral motifs

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, remargined at the upper edge of each page, later Qajar binding with some wear, some water stains to outer margins, opening leaf and binding board requiring conservation as almost loose from binding, illumination bright and pages generally clean, 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."

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A TREATISE ON RHYME/CADENCE (QAFIYAH), PERSIA, QAZVIN, SAFAVID, DATED 957 AH/1550-51 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on polished paper, the text area sprinkled with gold, 22 leaves plus 2 flyleaves, 10 lines to the page, written in small nasta'liq script in black ink, catchwords, margins ruled in blue and gold, opening illuminated headpiece composed of interlacing split palmettes with the bismillah in white nasta'liq, brown leather binding with stencilled floral decoration, missing flap

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, binding worn, flap missing, thumbed, pages generally clean with occasional 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN JUZ' (X), PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 16 leaves plus 2 flyleaves, 9 lines to the page, written in rayhan script in black ink, verses separated by pointed gold roundels, later-added catchwords, illuminated marginal devices throughout, margins ruled in blue and gold, f.5a with surah heading in florally-decorated panel with title in gold and black thuluth script, opening illuminated headpiece with juz' title in white thuluth against a gold ground within cartouches filled with interlacing vines, later binding with silk covers 

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, illumination bright, ink bold, thumbed, some water-stains, creasing, occasional repairs to leaf edges, stains to silk on binding, 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."

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SURAH AL-FATH (XLVIII), COPIED BY ‘ABDULLAH AL-TABRIZI, PERSIA OR TURKEY, SAFAVID OR OTTOMAN, DATED 948 AH/1542 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on thick cream paper, 7 leaves plus 6 flyleaves, 7 lines to the page, written in fine rayhan script in black ink, verses separated by lobed gold florets pointed in red and blue, margins ruled in gold and blue, colophon sprinkled with gold, opening page with illuminated headpiece in blue and two tones of gold, comprising scrolling leafy flowers and split-palmettes, the text on ff.1b and 2a within cloud bands against a gold ground sprinkled with flowers, later binding applied with cream paper flecked with gold, with gilt-scrolling borders 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, pages slightly thumbed, ink bold and illumination bright, pages slightly cropped to accommodate replacement binding, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN JUZ' (IV), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, EARLY 15TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on polished cream paper, 35 leaves plus a flyleaf, 5 lines to the page, written in muhaqqaq script in blue and gold ink, sometimes alternating, on other pages with just the middle line in blue, verses separated by gold florets pointed in red, diacritics in gold, tenth verses marked with gold marginal roundels, f.30a with a surah heading in gold thuluth script within a gold and red-outlined panel filled with a ground of faux 'marble' design, margins ruled with a single blue line, double page illuminated frontispiece with heading panels in white ornamental Eastern Kufic script in white against blue ground cartouches filled with scrolling gold split-palmettes, gold strapwork borders, 3 lines of text within cloud bands against a hatched ground, lacquered morocco binding with large tooled central medallions and scroll-work borders, pressure-moulded calligraphic doublures, with flap

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, binding worn and lacquered, spine repaired, various paper repairs to leaf edges, illumination bright and text bold, various minor stains, thumbed, some leaves coming loose within the manuscript, 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."

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SA'ADI (D.1292 AD), KULLIYAT, SIGNED BY NA’IM AL-DIN AL-KATIB, PERSIA, SHIRAZ, TIMURID, DATED 890 AH/1486 AD AND 899 AH/1494 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on polished paper, 511 leaves plus 3 flyleaves, 18 to 19 lines to the page, written in small nasta'liq script in black ink, approximately 24 leaves later replaced, occasional words in blue, red and gold, catchwords, margins ruled in gold, red and blue, f.1a with illuminated shamsa followed by double page finely-illuminated frontispiece decorated with a dense ground of interlacing split-palmettes and scrolling flowers in colours and gold, text within cloud bands against a hatched ground sprinkled with flowers, gold strapwork borders, 8 further illuminated headings (1 later replacement) plus numerous title panels in colours and gold, colophon embellished with leafy flowers, fine red morocco binding with gilt-stamped central medallions and corner pieces filled with a rigorous interlace of flowerheads and split palmettes, filigree-work doublures against blue grounds, with flap

Condition Report: In good overall condition, approximately 24 later replacement leaves, including one heading, illumination fine and bright, colours vivid, occasional water stains, 2 leaves badly disintegrated requiring conservation, f1a originally RH page but moved to current position (in antiquity) and turned upside down, minor scuffs to binding and minor losses to doublure filigree-work, 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."

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A MANUSCRIPT OF WISE SAYINGS, SIGNED BY MALIK AL-DAYLAMI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 960 AH/1552-53 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on cream paper sprinkled lightly with gold, set into papers of varying colours flecked with gold, 7 lines to the page, written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink, text separated by segmented gold florets, f.3b giving the name Abu’l-Muzaffar Shah Tahmasp Bahadur Khan in blue and gold ink amid the text, occasional later interlinear Turkish words in red, margins ruled in colours and gold, opening page with illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, later paper-covered binding with illuminated decoration and gilt-tooled leather borders  

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, some water stains and other light stains, pages cropped to accommodate later binding, 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."

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A MURAQQA' OF CALLIGRAPHIC SPECIMENS, PERSIA, TURKEY AND NEAR EAST, 10TH-16TH CENTURY |

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Description: 13 leaves, comprising 24 different calligraphic specimens, including a Kufic Qur'an leaf, 16 pages with text in nasta'liq script, 7 in naskh, thuluth and tawqi' script and a découpage panel signed by 'Fahri', all set into album pages with different coloured outer margins, brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped lobed central cartouches and cusped corner pieces filled with large floral sprays

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, occasional stains and minor losses to leaf edges, the découpage with a small loss to the upper right hand side, binding worn, 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."

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HAFIZ (D.1389-90), DIWAN, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD AMIN KNOWN AS MIRAK AL-HUSAYNI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 969 AH/1561-62 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 159 leaves plus 11 flyleaves, the text area sprinkled with gold,  15 lines to the page, written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink within 2 columns separated by gold intercolumnar rules, margins ruled in gold, black and blue, titles picked out in larger blue and red text, double page illuminated frontispiece in colours and gold comprising scrolling polychrome flowers and split-palmettes interlaced with chinoiserie cloud bands, the text within cloud bands against a gold ground, corresponding illumination at colophon, later Ottoman red morocco binding with gilt-tooled scrolling border, with flap 

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, some wear and stains to binding, opening leaves coming loose from binding, various marginal stains, illumination bright and ink bold, 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."

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A LARGE ILLUMINATED QUR'AN, PERSIA OR CENTRAL ASIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 297 leaves plus a flyleaf, 13 lines to the page, written in naskh script in black ink, verses separated by segmented gold roundels encircled in blue, catchwords, surah headings in gold thuluth script in cloud bands against a hatched ground, marginal devices composed of a scrolling central vine on a blue ground enclosed within a wreath against a gold ground, opening double page illuminated frontispiece in colours and gold, composed of interlacing scrolling floral vines against blue and green grounds, text within cloud bands against a hatched ground filled with blue cintamani motifs, brown morocco binding with applied moulded central panels filled with interlocking circular cartouches, interlacing vines and birds, filigree-work doublures, with flap 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, binding worn and spine repaired, pages generally clean and illumination bright, thumbed, minor water 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."

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THE FORTY HADITH OF THE PROPHET WITH THEIR VERSIFICATIONS BY ‘ABD AL-RAHMAN JAMI, SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD AL-QAWAM AL-KATIB AL-SHIRAZI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic and Persian manuscript on gold-sprinkled paper, 9 leaves plus 2 flyleaves, 13 lines to the page, 3 lines of Arabic text in black nasta'liq script, smaller text panels of Persian text written horizontally and diagonally in smaller script, panels bordered with gold strap-work, foliate panels dividing the text, remargined, opening double page with text within cloud bands against a gold ground sprinkled with flowers, f.1b with illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, brown morocco binding with ebru panels, gilt scroll-work border

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, binding slightly worn with some stains, minor abrasions, text generally bold, 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."

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AMIR SHAHI (D.1453 AD), DIWAN, WITH SOME VERSES FROM THE RUBAYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY |

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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

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."

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PRAYERS FOR THE SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK, SIGNED BY AHMAD KARAHISARI (D. CIRCA 1556), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, FIRST HALF 16TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 8 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, remargined, each page with a large upper and lower line of bold thuluth script, some in gold, others in black ink, a text roundel in the centre of each page outlined in gold, with 6 to 10 lines of neat naskh script in black ink, verses marked by small gold dots and florets, 4 with the title of the day of the week within the text in larger gold thuluth script, 5 with an outer ring of extremely small and precise naskh script in black ink, opening leaf with title in gold within a gold-edged roundel, inner floral borders of varying colours, margins ruled in gold and blue, brown morocco binding with ovoid central cartouche with tooled hatching and rope-work border, with flap

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, binding worn with some repairs, regular water-stained mark to each page, remargined, probably in the 19th century, minor creasing and small paper repairs, text bold, 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."

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SA'ADI (D.1292 AD), GULISTAN, TURKEY, CONSTANTINOPLE, OTTOMAN, DATED 955 AH/1548-49 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 123 leaves, 11 lines to the page, written in small nasta'liq script in black ink, keywords picked out in red, catchwords, margins ruled in gold, black and blue, opening page with illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, later red morocco binding with gilt-stamped central cartouches and ropework border, with flap 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, pages slightly cropped to accommodate later binding, minor water stains, pages otherwise clean, 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."

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A CONCERTINA-FORM CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA' OF POETRY, SIGNED BY MAHMUD IBN ISHAQ AL-SHAHABI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH CENTURY |

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Description: Persian manuscript on cream paper sprinkled with gold, one long sheet folded into 16 leaves, comprising 14 text panels, each 2 lines to the page, written in fine large nasta'liq script in black ink, surrounded by 10 small panels with smaller black nasta'liq text, margins ruled in white and gold, inner foliate borders of varying colours, outer margins decorated with plants and animals in gold, brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped lobed central cartouche and corner pieces filled with scrolling vines and chinoiserie cloud bands, doublures with gold cut-paper filigree-work 

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, binding worn and gold abraded, some light water stains and creases, illumination bright and ink bold, minor worm holes, 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."

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MAHMUD IBN MUHAMMAD ‘ARIFI HARAVI (D. CIRCA 1449), GUY VA CHAWGAN (ALSO KNOWN AS HAL-NAMEH), SIGNED BY SHAH MAHMUD AL-NISHAPURI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, CIRCA 1540-50 |

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Description: Persian mansucript on paper, 25 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 10 lines to the page, written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink on a gold-sprinkled text block within 2 columns, illuminated title headings left blank, margins ruled in colours and gold, catchwords, at least 2 folios missing, double page frontispiece finely illuminated in colours and gold, text within cloud bands against a hatched ground, following double page with finely illuminated outer margins filled with birds amid an interlace of large leafy vegetation and chinoiserie cloud bands, 6 further double pages with fully illuminated margins composed of fantastical animals amid foliage in gouache heightened with gold, other pages with similar scenes executed only in gold, f.1a with an illuminated shamsa filled with scrolling polychrome split-palmettes, later brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped medallions and border decoration 

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SURAH AL-FATH (XLVIII), COPIED BY MUHAMMAD REZA AL-TABRIZI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 984 AH/1576-77 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 7 leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in nasta'liq script in black ink, catchwords, text on f.1b and f.3a written within cloud bands against a gold ground filled with floral vines, the other pages on pale blue sprinkled with gold, outer margins flecked with gold throughout, opening illuminated headpiece composed of interlacing split-palmettes, reddish-brown morocco binding with central gilt-stamped lobed cartouche filled with scrolling flowers, with gilt borders

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, some wear to binding with associated repair, water stains to outer margins and minor smudges, illumination bright and ink bold, 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."

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RIYAZI, DIWAN, PERSIA OR TURKEY, SAFAVID OR OTTOMAN, 16TH/17TH CENTURY |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 40 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 8 lines to the page, written diagonally and vertically in small nasta'liq script in black ink, the text area sprinkled with gold, catchwords, margins ruled in colours and gold, outer margins with possibly later-added leafy gold cartouches and animals, opening illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, reddish-brown morocco binding with central gilt-stamped cartouche with scrolling vine decoration

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, water-staining to leaf edges, other occasional stains and rubbed areas, minor worm-holing to upper central margins, paper repairs to opening and closing leaves, binding worn, spine repaired, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA' OF POETRY, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 16TH/17TH CENTURY |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, composed of 6 album pages comprising 10 calligraphic leaves in total, each 4 lines to the page, written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink, each line sprinkled with gold, leafy sprays decorating the interstices, foliate corner pieces, ruled in colours and gold, cream outer margins flecked with gold, opening page with 2 lines of text and illuminated headpiece composed of interlacing vines against blue and gold grounds, reddish-brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped lobed medallions filled with chinoiserie cloud bands and vegetal motifs 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, minor wear to binding especially the spine, minor water stains, pages generally clean, 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."

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HAFIZ (D.1389-90), DIWAN, PERSIA, SAFAVID, LATE 16TH/17TH CENTURY |

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Description: Persian manuscript on paper, 196 leaves plus a flyleaf, 10-12 lines to the page, written in neat nasta'liq script in black ink, loose floral sprays in gold set within the text panels, catchwords, ruled in colours and gold, opening folio with illuminated headpiece in colours and gold comprising chinoiserie cloud bands and polychrome flowers, text within cloud bands against a gold ground, brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped panels and cartouches filled with a rigorous interlace of split-palmettes and chinoiserie cloud bands

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, paper repair to opening leaves, occasional stains and smudges, pages generally clean, binding worn, with associated repair, 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."

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VAHSHI BAFQI, FARHAD VA SHIRIN, COPIED BY MUHAMMAD HAKIM AL-HUSAYNI, PERSIA, MASHHAD, SAFAVID, DATED 1046 AH/1636-37 AD |

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Description: Persian manuscript on gold-sprinkled paper, 52 leaves plus 3 flyleaves, 11 lines to the page, written in nasta'liq script in black ink within 2 columns, margins ruled in colours and gold, catchwords, opening leaf remargined with later illuminated headpiece, 4 miniatures in gouache heightened with gold, brown morocco binding with large panels of 18th-century Persian floral brocade

Condition Report: In reasonably good overall condition, later illuminated heading to opening leaf, heavy water staining, 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."

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TWO PRAYER MANUSCRIPTS IN ONE VOLUME: DU’A’ AL-SABAH, SIGNED BY ’ABD AL-HAQQ IBN MUHAMMAD AL-SABZAVARI, PERSIA, SAFAVID, DATED 919 AH/1513 AD, ILLUMINATED BY 'ALI NAZUK; PRAYERS FOR THE SEVEN DAYS OF THE WEEK, 17TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on different paper for each work 17 leaves plus 2 flyleaves, the first 9 leaves 7 lines to the page divided into 3 lines of large thuluth script in gold with blue vocalisation, 4 interlinear lines of smaller text in black naskh script, verses separated by pointed gold florets, finely-illuminated devices either side of the central text panels, margins ruled in blue and gold, opening double page with a single text block of black naskh script, f.1b with finely-illuminated headpiece composed of a rigorous interlace of polychrome vines and split-palmettes within interlocking lobed cartouches, the second work with 8 leaves, 7 lines to the page, written in black naskh script in cloud bands against a gold ground, remargined, opening folio with illuminated headpiece in colours and gold, brown morocco binding with tooled geometric motifs and rope-work borders

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, binding worn and spine repaired, manuscript slightly cropped to accommodate replacement binding, minor water stains to upper leaf edges, other small stains, calligraphy bold and illumination bright, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA', SIGNED BY ISMA'IL IBN ALI AĞAKAPILI (D.1708), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, 17TH CENTURY, WITH LATER BINDING |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on white, cream and yellow-dyed paper, laid down on 10 album pages, comprising 19 calligraphic panels in total, each with two lines of large and bold thuluth script, consisting of mufradat (exercises on single and joined letters), the letters of the alphabet arranged according to their abjad value, ending with a prayer, gold leafy sprigs and gold florets set within the text, ruled in colours and gold, outer margins of varying colours flecked with gold, colophon panel with scrolling flowers enveloping the signature, later red leather binding with stencilled gold central cartouches and tooled borders

Condition Report: In very good overall condition, occasional minor stains and light creases, calligraphy generally bold and illumination bright, 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."

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A CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA’, SIGNED BY YUSUF, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1185 AH/1771-72 AD AND 1193 AH/1779 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 6 leaves in concertina-form, bound as a book, each text panel with a large upper line of text in thuluth script in black ink, 5 lines beneath in neat naskh script in black ink, verses separated by gold florets of varying designs, laid down on album pages with different-coloured margins flecked with gold, lacquer binding with floral decoration and rope-work borders

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, binding worn with various losses and lacquer cracks, pages generally clean and illumination bright, occasional water 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA' WITH TWO PANELS, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, SIGNED BY HAFIZ OSMAN, DATED 1095 AH/1683 AD AND ISMA'IL ZUHDI, DATED 1199 AH/1784 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, comprising two panels of calligraphy laid down on album pages, each with a large upper line of text in thuluth script in black ink, 13 lines beneath in smaller, neat naskh script in black ink, illuminated rectangular panels either side filled with interlacing split palmettes, illuminated devices amid the text, ebru doublures, red morocco binding with with gilt-stamped central medallion with interlacing flowers and saz leaves, scrolling gilt borders 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, ink bold, illumination bright, minor abrasions to Hafiz Osman panel with small losses to ink, minor water 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CONCERTINA-FORM CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA’, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, 17TH/18TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic mansuscript on paper, constructed of 16 album pages, comprising 15 calligraphic pages in total, each with an upper and lower line of large text in thuluth script, enclosing 3 smaller lines of angular naskh script, all in black ink, verses separated by gold florets, panels to the sides of the centre text decorated with marbled paper, margins ruled in colours and gold, outer margins flecked with gold, spurious colophon attribution to Shaykh Hamdullah, brown morocco binding with gilt-stamped lobed central cartouche filled with flowerheads and saz leaves, corner pieces with scrolling vines and chinoiserie cloud bands

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, binding edges worn, some water staining, text bold and illumination bright, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CONCERTINA-FORM CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA', TURKEY, OTTOMAN, 19TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on yellow-dyed paper, laid down on 16 album pages, bound in concertina-form, each panel with 2 lines of text in large and bold thuluth script in black ink, pointed gold rosettes separated verses, opening panel with an illuminated foliate headpiece in colours and gold, each panel with leafy flowers sprinkled within the text, ruled in colours and gold, outer margins of varying colours, final panel with spurious ascription to Hafiz Osman, leather binding with ebru boards and tooled scrolling borders 

Condition Report: In very good overall condition, a few mild smudges, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED MURAQQA' OF KA'B IBN ZUBAYR'S QASIDA AL-BURDA, SIGNED BY MUSTAFA IZZET, TURKEY, DATED 1265 AH/1849 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, laid down on 9 album pages comprising 16 panels of calligraphy, each with two lines of large thuluth text in black ink above and below two smaller lines of text in black naskh script, the interstices filled with fine gold and polychrome interlacing vines and split-palmettes, green leather binding with tooled rococo medallions enclosing the gilt tughra of Sultan Abdulmecid (r.1839-61), thick foliate gold border with crescent moon motifs

Condition Report: In very good overall condition, minor wear to binding, occasional light creasing, illumination bright and ink bold, 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."

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A MINIATURE QUR’AN ON GAZELLE SKIN, PERSIA, QAJAR, 19TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on gazelle skin, 177 leaves plus 8 flyleaves, 19 lines to the page, written in fine ghubar script in black ink, verses separated by gold dots, surah headings in red thuluth script within illuminated panels with floral decoration, catchwords, margins ruled in colours and gold, the outer top corner of each page with illuminated foliate sprays, marginal devices throughout, 3 fully illuminated double pages at the beginning including index of surahs, prayers and opening verses of the Qur'an, lacquer binding finely-decorated with a dense ground of interlacing vines and split-palmettes, red doublures with flowering plants

Condition Report: In very good overall condition, illumination bright, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA', TURKEY, OTTOMAN, CIRCA 1550, WITH LEATHER BINDING, 18TH/19TH CENTURY |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, comprising 6 leaves and 10 panels of calligraphy, 5 lines to the page, the upper line in large black thuluth script, the lower panel with 4 lines of text in black naskh script, verses separated by gold rosettes, margins ruled in gold, black and red, outer ebru margins, final page with panel signed by Mustafa Dede, red morocco binding with scrolling gilt edging

Condition Report: In generally good overall condition, slight water staining to margins, binding slightly buckled and rubbed, occasional light smudges, calligraphy generally bold, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, PERSIA, QAJAR, MID-19TH CENTURY, WITH LACQUER BINDING SIGNED BY MUHAMMAD HUSAYN, DATED 1279 AH/1862 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on polished paper, 231 leaves plus 14 flyleaves, 19 lines to the page, written in neat naskh script in black ink in cloud bands against a gold ground throughout, verses separated by pointed gold florets, surah headings in illuminated foliate panels in gold thuluth against variously coloured grounds, each surah heading accompanied by marginal commentaries within illuminated vertical cartouches in nasta'liq script, catchwords, margins ruled in colours and gold, double page illuminated frontispiece with prayers and index of surahs in colours, gold and silver, following double page with corresponding fine illumination comprising scrolling polychrome flowers against blue and gold grounds, following double page with large leafy scrolls filling the outer margins, lacquer binding with floral motifs, the doublures with prayers 

Condition Report: In good overall condition, illumination bright, ink bold and pages clean, binding with losses to lacquer decoration, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED CALLIGRAPHIC MURAQQA', SIGNED BY MEHMED ŞEFIK, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1269 AH/1852-53 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, laid down on 13 album pages, opening page with surah al-Fatiha, followed by a saying of Imam 'Ali and a saying of the Prophet Muhammad, followed by exercises on single and joined letters (mufradat), each panel with 2 large lines of text in thuluth script, enclosing two lines of smaller text in black naskh script, gold flowers set within the text panels at either side, ruled in black and gold, inner and outer borders of marbled paper in various colours, colophon page with 2 ebru tulips either side, red morocco binding with gilt-stamped lobed central medallions with chinoiserie cloud motifs and scrolling gilt borders

Condition Report: In very good overall condition, occasional minor stains, calligraphy bold and colours bright, 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."

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AN ILLUMINATED MURAQQA' OF THE QASIDA AL-BURDA, SIGNED BY 'ABDULLAH HAFID MUHSINZADE, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 1296 AH/1879 AD |

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Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 9 album pages comprising 16 pages of text in total, each with a large upper and lower line in large thuluth script (the Qasida al-Burda of Ka'b ibn Zuhayr), with two smaller lines of text in naskh script in the centre (the Qasida al-Burda of al-Busiri), flanked by illuminated panels of varying floral designs, outer margins of marbled paper ruled in gold, possibly missing at least 1 page at the beginning, brown morocco binding with large floral silk panels

Condition Report: In good overall condition, text bold and illumination bright, occasional minor 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."

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