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NIZAMI GANGAVI; SHIRAZI, Maktabi (recension of).

Leila wa Majnun,

copied by Karam'ali.

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Qajar Persia, 1838

A finely illustrated manuscript copy of the medieval tragic romance of Leila and Majnun, originally composed by Nizami Ganjavi (d. 1209) and present here in the recension of Maktabi Shirazi (d. 1520). The popularity of this romantic love story meant that over the years it was adapted by many renowned poets, including Amir Khusraw and Jami, and re-told in the native languages of the neighbouring regions of Turkey, Central Asia and India.

This manuscript was copied in the elegant scribal hand of Karam'ali and apparently dated 1054, although the distinct Qajar influences present strongly indicate that is erroneous and should read 1254, during the reign of Mohammad Shah Qajar. The illustrations are of notable quality, drawing heavily on the influences of Qajar portraiture popularised under the rule of Fath'Ali Shah Qajar in the early nineteenth century.

There are twenty-six illustrations in the text, depicting important scenes in the following order

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Illuminated manuscript on polished paper, in Farsi, 73 leaves (plus a contemporary free endpaper at the end), complete, 182 by 110 mm.; double column, 17 lines elegant and refined black nasta'liq, vibrant and fine illuminated polychrome and gold heading opening the text, twenty-six miniature paintings in the text, depicting important scenes in the romance and painted with vivid colours in the contemporary Qajar style, leaves double ruled in red, blue and gold, tissue-guards loosely inserted throughout; some very faint spotting to final few gatherings, overall very bright and attractive condition; housed in contemporary leather-backed gilt lacquered boards depicting floral sprays ruled and framed within corner-pieces and a gilt border, contemporary paper label to spine inscribed with title of the work in Farsi, spine ends very lightly worn, extremities slightly rubbed, overall bright and attractive binding.


Stock ID:103254

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