Lot 80 of 196:
Persian ms. with colored plates  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$3,300
$3,000 - $5,000

[Khosrow and Shirin - manuscript in Arabic script, with 12 miniature paintings]

[Nizami Ganjavi]

Persia or India


c.18th century?


52 leaves of text + 12 miniature gouache paintings on 8 leaves. 21.5x15.5 cm. (8½x6"), lacquered boards with floral designs on interior and exterior of covers, leather spine.

Striking manuscript of the  famous Persian tragic romance by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi (1141–1209) , with striking hand-executed plates of noblemen, enchanting maidens (one bathing nude by a river - evidently Queen Shirin herself), her hand-maiden holding up a blanket to protect her from prying eyes), etc. There are a four blank spaces where evidently mounted illustrations have been removed.

Lot Amendments

Some wear to spine; moderate soiling within, a few plates with repairs to holes cause by the coloring; overall very good.

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