[Devotional book].

Manuscript, Book
  • Persian
  • Arabic
[between 1725 and 1825?].
1 online resource (iii, 98, i leaves) : paper, illuminations


Summary note
Devotional book containing selections from the Qurʼān, beginning with Sūrat Yūsuf and ending with a prayer. The entire text is written inside gilt pear-shapes with illuminated margins.
  • Binding: The text is disbound, the covers are thin reddish leather over pulpboard (Type III) with gilt stamped central mandorla and frame with floral fill between the central design and the frame and a different floral fill inside the frame itself. Inside covers are brown leather with gold tooled frame.
  • Customs stamp in Persian dated 1315 (1897 or 1898) (f. 97v).
  • Decoration: Each page gold frame-ruled with foliate fill, inside the frame is a gold bordered pear shape around the text. Between the frame and the border-rule is blue fill, more solidly colored at the bottom leading to vines and feathered finials at the top. Two openings have a wider gold border around the text with floral fill (f. 1v-2r, 60v-61r). Rubrications in red, including readings and titles. 4 unwritten pages, with the pear-shape outline present, at the end (f. 97r-98v).
  • Foliation: Modern foliation added in pencil, upper left recto; catchwords each verso, lower left.
  • Layout: Written in 11 long lines; border-ruled in a pear-shape.
  • Manuscript codex.
  • Origin: Item is undated, perhaps written in the 18th or early 19th century.
  • Script: Written in naskh in black ink; pointed, vocalized.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Language note
Arabic with one rubric in Persian
Sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries in 1945.
Source acquisition
Gift of Howard Lehman Goodhart.
Cite as
Bryn Mawr College Libraries BV 71
Other title(s)
Qurʼan. Selections
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