comprising 62 mixed media works on paper, some pages with the artist's inscriptions including the opening page with: "Fahrelnissa Zeid. 1946", beige embossed cover 27.6 x 21.5 cm.
Provenance: UK private collection; acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1970s.
Subjects include self-portraits; the artist's niece and ceramicist, Fureya Koral; her son, Prince Ra'ad bin Zeid; her sister and fellow artist, Aliye Berger; her sister, Hakiye Koral; her brother Suat Kabaagac; the writer Maurice Collis; seascapes from Beykoz near Istanbul; and Pierre Larock, o-owner of Galerie Larock-Granoff, Paris.
The inscription in Arabic script comprises verses in Ottoman Turkish and mentions the name of the Arab poet Badi' al-Zaman al-Hamadhani (AD 969 - 1007), famous for al-Maqamat.
In March 1946, Fahrelnissa and Prince Zeid moved to London. In May of that same year, Fahrelnissa held an exhibition in Istanbul and then spent the summer in Beykoz.