[Devotional book].

Manuscript, Book
  • Arabic
  • Persian
[Iran?], [between 1700 and 1850?]
1 online resource (172 leaves) : non-European laid paper, illuminations


Former owner
Summary note
Contains a selection of 55 chapters from the Qur'ān with other prayers.
  • Decoration: Dual-page illuminated first opening with polychrome and gold headpiece, gold floral margin fill and text on cloudbands (f. 1v-[2]r). All other pages are ruled in between each line in gold and black and border-ruled in gold, black, red. Gold roundels mark verse endings. Rubrications in red, including headers and readings.
  • Foliation: Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords every verso, lower left.
  • Layout: 10 ruled lines; border-ruled.
  • Manuscript codex.
  • Origin: Item is not dated, but likely copied in Iran in the 18th century or first half of the 19th century.
  • Script: Written in naskh in black ink; some elements in nastaʻliq; pointed, partially vocalized.
  • Shelfmark: MS Or 203.
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Source of description
Item cataloged from digital facsimile and existing description.
Binding note
Lacquer cover with red central floral medallion with painted flower in-fill and two matching pendants along the vertical axis on an orange background with an inscribed frame in off white on a red background. Bright orange paper doublure.
Language note
Arabic and Persian.
Customs stamp dated 1312/1934 (f. 1r, 171v).
Source acquisition
Gift of David Eugene Smith, 1931-1934.
Other format(s)
Also available as a digital facsimile.
Other title(s)
  • Qurʼan. Selections
  • قرآن. Selections.
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