Lot 177: ABU ‘ABDALLAH MUHAMMAD IBN ISMA’IL IBN IBRAHIM AL-BUKHARI AL-JU’FI (D.870 AD), AL-JAMI’ AL-SAHIH, A CANONICAL COLLECTION OF TRADITIONS, ONE VOL., KITAB AL-IMAN ('THE BOOK OF FAITH'), TURKEY, OTTOMAN, FIRST HALF 18TH CENTURY |
October 19, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Arabic manuscript on paper, 29 lines to the page, written in small neat naskh script in black ink, text separated by gold dots, catchwords, occasional marginal notes, margins ruled in gold, opening double page with illuminated headpiece composed of scrolling split-palmettes and chinoiserie cloud bands against a gold ground, text within cloud bands against a gold ground punched with cintamani motifs, fine tan morocco binding with central lobed medallions and corner pieces filled with chinoiserie cloud bands and vines, with flap and bespoke slip-case
In very good overall condition, slight wear to box, minor stains, pages generally very clean and illumination bright, as viewed.
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Provenance: Note on paper accompanying the manuscript in three different early twentieth-century hands, one stating that it was examined by 'Professor Edwards, keeper of the Oriental Manuscript[s] at the British Museum.'
Dimensions: 23.5 by 14.6cm. boxed