Al-Imam Majd-ad-Din Muhammad bin Yaqub al-Fairuzabadi, Kitab al-Qamus al-Muhit wal Qabus al-Wasit, dictionary, vol. II only, copied by Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Manjjur North Africa, dated AH 1058/AD 1648-49
Lot 17
Al-Imam Majd-ad-Din Muhammad bin Yaqub al-Fairuzabadi, Kitab al-Qamus al-Muhit wal Qabus al-Wasit, dictionary, vol. II only, copied by Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Manjjur North Africa, dated AH 1058/AD 1648-49
Sold for £2,400 (US$ 3,766) inc. premium

Lot Details
Al-Imam Majd-ad-Din Muhammad bin Yaqub al-Fairuzabadi, Kitab al-Qamus al-Muhit wal Qabus al-Wasit, dictionary, vol. II only, copied by Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Manjjur
North Africa, dated AH 1058/AD 1648-49
Arabic manuscript on paper, 195 leaves, 35 lines to the page written in small disciplined maghribi script in black ink, words and letters picked out in red, burgundy, blue and yellow, headings picked out in gold, inner margins ruled in blue, red and gold, illuminated headpiece incorporating the bismallah in gold preceded by an illuminated panel incorporating the title and author written in gold on a ground decorated with intertwining vegetal motifs in white on a blue ground, borders decorated with a geometric motif in gold, with an illuminated palmette extending into outer border, colophon incorporated into an illuminated panel in colours and gold similar to decoration of the title-page, some crude repairs, contemporary red morocco with stamped central medallions of leather onlay, stained, crudely repaired, rebacked
270 x 190 mm.

Footnotes

  • Al-Fairuzabadi (d. 1414) completed his dictionary in his house in al-Safa in Mecca where he lived almost continuously for twenty-five years. Three copies of the work are in the John Rylands Library, Manchester. See A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts, Manchester 1934, pp. 1005-1008, nos. 757-759. For a Qajar Persian example of the text, see the sale in these rooms, 15th April 2010, lot 46.
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