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Majd-al-Din Abu’l-Tahir Muhammad Ibn Ya’qub Ibn Muhammad al-Shirazi al-Firuzabadi (d.1415), Al-Qamus al-muhit wa’l qabus al-wasit (an Arabic dictionary), Turkey, circa 1680
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30

SOLD ON BEHALF OF A CHARITABLE TRUST

Majd-al-Din Abu’l-Tahir Muhammad Ibn Ya’qub Ibn Muhammad al-Shirazi al-Firuzabadi (d.1415), Al-Qamus al-muhit wa’l qabus al-wasit (an Arabic dictionary), Turkey, circa 1680
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Majd-al-Din Abu’l-Tahir Muhammad Ibn Ya’qub Ibn Muhammad al-Shirazi al-Firuzabadi (d.1415), Al-Qamus al-muhit wa’l qabus al-wasit (an Arabic dictionary), Turkey, circa 1680
Arabic manuscript on polished paper sprinkled with gold, 435 leaves plus 4 flyleaves, 37 lines to the page, written in neat naskh script, keywords and headings picked out in larger red, black and gold ink, catchwords, margins ruled in gold and red, 1 page misbound upside down, folio 1b with opening illuminated headpiece finely illuminated in colours and gold with interlacing split-palmettes and polychrome flowers, contemporary brown leather binding with gilt-stamped central medallion and cornerpieces filled with foliate motifs and chinoiserie cloud bands, scrolling floral and ropework borders, ebru doublures flecked with gold, with flap, in leather slip-case
20.5 by 13cm.
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Provenance

Acquired in the early 20th century by a European scholar of Middle Eastern Studies

Catalogue Note

There are seven copies of this dictionary in the Chester Beatty Library (see A. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, volume VIII, Index of authors, p.17 and also Brockelmann, GAL, ii, 183; Suppl. ii, 234).

According to Mingana, “the author states that he completed his dictionary in his own house on as-Safa at Makkah" (where he lived almost continuously for twenty five years after 1368 AD).The author named his work al-Qamus al-muhit because it is a 'great ocean'. There are three copies of the work in the John Rylands Library, Manchester (see A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts, Manchester, 1934, pp.1005-1008, nos.757-759).

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