A small illuminated Qur'an Persia or India, early 17th Century

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Lot 43*
A small illuminated Qur'an
Persia or India, early 17th Century

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,100 - 7,600
A small illuminated Qur'an
Persia or India, early 17th Century
Arabic manuscript on thin cream-coloured paper, 193 leaves, 19 lines to the page written in small naskhi script in black ink with diacritics in black, gold dots between verses, interlinear gilt rules throughout, inner margins in gold, the words hizb, ushr and khums picked out in gold, double-page illuminated frontispiece in colours and gold, slight discoloration, creased, later Indian red morocco with covers richly decorated with gilt diaper pattern in a European style, doublures of marbled paper, net cloth case
137 x 80 mm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    James Lancaster Ranking, Surgeon-General, Madras Presidency (the current owner's great-great-grandfather).
    Private collection, Australia.

    James Lancaster Ranking was born in Kent in 1817. In 1867 he was Sanitary Commissioner for Madras (he published a Report upon the Military and Civil Station of Trichinopoly in that year), and by 1874 was Surgeon-General to the Indian Army and Inspector-General of Hospitals in Madras.
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