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Kitab al-Arba'in fi Manaqib al-Atharin,

a collection of forty devotional poems in praise of the 'Pure Ones', copied by Abdullah Ahmed al-Qazvini.

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Eastern regions of Safavid Persia, 1722

A beautiful and skillfully copied example of a popular collection of devotional poems, predominantly in praise of the Prophet Muhammad. Although there are many variations of Arba'in literature, compiled by a vast number of authors, this particular variation is scarce with no other examples found following the same 40 collection of poems.



Illuminated manuscript, in Arabic, on paper, 142 leaves (plus 5 contemporary leaves at the front and an additional 3 at the end of the volume) containing the forty poems preceded by two additional du'a and also including a contemporary fihrist at the end of the volume, 260 by 165 mm.; in two or four columns, 12 lines confident scribal and angular black naskh, most leaves with contemporary catch-words, contemporary foliation (corresponding to the fihrist) in red, 48 illuminated polychrome headings and decorated banners to open each of the sections, most of these heightened in gilt or silver, ruling throughout in gilt, some contemporary marginalia and corrections, preliminary and penultimate leaves with contemporary annotations and export stamps from Iran dated 1311 AS; some faint scattered stains, occasional chips or creases to outer edges of leaves, a few early paper repairs to outer edges (not affecting main body of text), overall very bright and attractive condition; housed in fine leather-backed lacquered boards, cut-out medallions with filigree details to covers deep-set with red and gold floral devices set against a striking black background accented by gilt corner pieces and a double-ruled border, outer corners and extremities slightly chipped with fractional loss to pigment, small tear to leather along spine.


Stock ID:103222

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