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Persian manuscript with 14 miniature paintings 18th century  

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Manuscript of popular Persian narratives by an unknown author, with 14 illuminated miniature paintings in color




Late 18th century


172 leaves, calligraphed in black ink, 13 lines. With 14 color illuminated miniature paintings, about half a page each. 21.5x15 cm (8½x5½"), 19th century full leather with Arabesque tooling, recased with later endpapers.

Persian manuscript with striking illuminations, including: two sleeping heroes, who are observed by a djinn (2) (the names of the heroes are not shown in the text); The conversation between Hana and Sham'un regarding the marriage promise of Nazeningul (2); Shirafkan and Hormoz in the audience before the king, Hormoz's enemies form a battle; Zuhregulam was appointed the personal servant of the king; Shirafkan (hanged on the shoulders) is recognized as the son of the ruler of Istanbul; Battle scene between Hormoz, Shirafkan and the masked rider (2); The king engaged four sisters with four royal sons; The forty days of wedding celebrations (2); The king places the crowned head of his son on the throne; At the foot of a hung king, Homoz and Shirafkan attack their enemies. Notes in a contemporary hand on first and last pages.


Lot Amendments

Some scuffing and wear to binding; some edge wear and occasional short tears to paper, some soiling, miniature on leaf 161 with paper restoration on verso (without image loss); overall very good.

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