Muhammad Shafi', called Vesal, Farhad va Shirin, poetry, copied by Mahdi ibn Muhammad al-Sabir Shirazi Persia, copied at Shiraz, dated 26th rajab 1273/22nd March 1857

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Muhammad Shafi', called Vesal, Farhad va Shirin, poetry, copied by Mahdi ibn Muhammad al-Sabir Shirazi
Persia, copied at Shiraz, dated 26th rajab 1273/22nd March 1857

£ 1,500 - 2,000
US$ 1,900 - 2,500
Muhammad Shafi', called Vesal, Farhad va Shirin, poetry, copied by Mahdi ibn Muhammad al-Sabir Shirazi
Persia, copied at Shiraz, dated 26th rajab 1273/22nd March 1857
Persian manuscript on cream-coloured paper, 21 leaves, text written horizontally and diagonally in small elegant nasta'liq and shikasteh scripts in black ink, inner margins ruled in gold and blue, catchwords in wide margins, title written in gold, contemporary light green morocco gilt, slightly worn, doublures of orange-coloured paper
171 x 108 mm.

Footnotes

  • The date in the colophon adds that the date of copying was the day that Tahmasp Mirza Mu'ayyid al-Dawla (grandson of Fath 'Ali Shah and governor of Fars 1857-60) returned from Bushehr, where they had been directed Persian forces in action against the British. (See M. Bamdad, Dictionary of National Biography of Iran, 1700-1900, vol. II, Tehran 1966, pp. 195-200).

    Mahdi ibn Muhammad, called Sabir, was a poet and nasta'liq calligrapher, whose only other recorded work is dated AH 1261/AD 1845-46 (see Mehdi Bayani, ahval va asar-e khosh-nevisan, Tehran 1348, p. 928).

    There are ownership inscriptions of Habibullah Khan Ansari, called Mushir al-Mulk, who was appointed minister in charge of the southern provinces by Zil al-Sultan (see M. Bamdad, Dictionary of National Biography of Iran, 1700-1900, vol. I, Tehran 1966, pp. 311-313); and of Mu'tazid al-Dawla in AH 1340/AD 1921-22; and then of Mirza 'Abdullah Sharbat-Zadeh Tabrizi (neither of these are identified).
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