Serial No: 7236498
A fine Qajar Prayerbook, in Arabic, illuminated manuscript on buff paper [Qajar Persia, probably c. 1840] single volume, complete, single bifolia misbound towards end of the volume, single column, 7 lines of fine black naskh, opening of text with elaborate gilt polychrome heading, first four leaves with marginal decorations of gilt spiralling vines with flowers in red and blue, text in a cloud against gold backgrounds throughout with interlinear decorations of gilt vines, headings with gilt banners heightened in blue and sometimes red additions, all leaves formed of two sheets of paper pasted together to give the impression of thick buff paper, leaves subsequently mottled and appearing damp-stained from the contemporary paste used, thick glassine guards bound throughout, overall an attractive volume, 205 by 135 mm.; contemporary fine lacquered boards, outer covers with central medallions and corner-pieces of gilt floral patterns against a striking black background, with background of spiralling devices heightened with red, blue and green flowers, double ruled in red and black borders, inner covers in dark green with gilt floral designs, covers and spine lightly scuffed in places, overall clean and bright exampleProvenance: From a private UK estate, and theirs since the early 1970s. Text: A beautifully illuminated Qajar prayerbook, probably produced for a royal patron, executed to the highest quality for the period. The paper used here is formed of two sheets of buff paper pasted together to form even thicker and richer sheets. The paste used to hold these leaves together has subsequently mottled causing a beautiful pink marbling effect to the pages, providing this manuscript a certain charm and unusual appearance compared with others from the same period.