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Molavi, Mathnavi, manuscript on paper [early Safavid Persia, dated 909 AH (1503 AD)]

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LOT 212

Serial No: 7262897

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Jalal-al-Din Rumi “Molavi”, Mathnavi, copied by Haji Hussayn ibn Badr al-Din al-Mashhadi, in Farsi, fine illuminated manuscript on paper [early Safavid Persia (probably eastern regions), dated 20 Rajab I 909 AH (1503-04 AD)] single volume, 6 parts in one volume, 320 leaves, lacking at least 11 leaves (the first two leaves, one bifolia and the first leaves to five of the six books), text in four columns, 22 lines of elegant black nasta’liq, headings in red throughout, one large heading opening the second book of the Mathnawi, in Timurid style of blue and gilt with title in white thuluth decorated with green spiralling vines, some contemporary and later inscriptions to margins and endleaves, some early repairs to outer margins, worming to outer edges (rarely affecting text), some scattered ink smudges and stains, spine cracked with some gatherings and bifolia becoming loose, 242 by 170 mm.; seventeenth-century diced leather boards, stamped in blind with central medallions and cartouches to the borders, crudely rebacked in red morocco, boards worn A fine example copied in a trained hand from the very earliest period in Safavid period, still drawing heavily on the Timurid style of manuscript production.