Superb Example of Middle Eastern Book Making

    Al-Jazuli'. Dala'il al-Khayrat. [Poems, Prayers and Blessing in Praise of the Prophet]. Turkey?, circa 1800.

    Octavo. 134 pages.

    Arabic manuscript, written in naskh, in black and red on a green ground, gold discs between verses, with headings in black on gold ground. Persian interlinear translation, written in nasta'liq, in red. Each page has nine lines of text within gold rules and concentric gold and orange border rules. There are eight double-page spreads illuminated in gold and numerous colors to an overall arabesque design with bold and background decorated with flowers. Contained are two stylized views of Mecca and Medina, richly executed in gold, blues, red, orange, green, violet and black. Bound in a contemporary wallet style, lacquered boards, with tree-of-life illustration on the boards and the doublures in colors and accented with gold. Rebacked with some additional minor restoration to the edges and flap hinges, with the primary decoration intact. Occasional smudges and minor staining to contents, else a very good copy and beautiful example of Middle Eastern book making. Contained in a chemise and morocco pull-off case by Rivière. The leather bookplates of successive owners Robert Hoe, Beverly Chew and Estelle Doheny are affixed to the front free endpaper.

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