Lot 17
  • 17

A compendium of works relating to the Hajj, including Muhyi al-Din Lari (d.1526-27), Futuh al-Haramayn, signed by Muhammad Zakariya Ibn Mowla Muhammad Yusuf, Persia, Safavid, dated 990 AH/1582 AD

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • ink and paint on paper, bound leather
Persian manuscript on paper, 150 leaves plus 30 flyleaves, comprising 4 works, each with an illuminated headpiece, the first work containing 16 illustrations including 7 full page, including depictions of Mecca and Medina, the first 3 works 15 lines to the page, written in black nasta'liq script within 2 columns, margins ruled in colours and gold, keywords picked out in red, catchwords, the last work in a different hand within a single column, later red morocco binding with applied tooled medallions

Catalogue Note

This manuscript represents a compendium of texts relating to the Hajj pilgrimage, including: the Futuh al-Haramayn by Muhyi al-Din Lari (d.1526-27); Jami’s Tuhfat al-ahrar and Subhat al-abrar (the Prophet’s sayings on pilgrimages to Mecca); measurements of the Masjid al-haram including all that is within it (such as the black stone, Maqam Ibrahim and Zamzam well); procedures in visiting the Ka’ba and the tombs; hilye and miracles of the Prophet.

The Futuh al-Haramayn, Jami’s Tuhfat al-ahrar and Subhat al-abrar were copied by Muhammad Zakariya Ibn Mulla Muhammad Yusuf (unrecorded) in Jumadi II 990 AH/1582. The rest were copied by a different unnamed scribe in Samarqand between 994 AH/1585-86 and 995 AH/1586-87.

The binding is a later addition which bears the stamped seal of the maker Nasir or Muhammad Nasir given in the legend: darad omid-e shifa’at ze-muhammad nasir

‘Nasir (or Muhammad Nasir) hopes for the intercession of Muhammad’

Another copy of Lari's Futuh al-Haramayn offered in these rooms, 5 October 2011, lot 96, bears many similarities in the illustrations to the present copy, and was also completed in the same year. A further work of a similar date is now in the Chester Beatty Library (see A.J. Arberry, The Chester Beatty Library: A Catalogue of the Persian Manuscripts and Miniatures, Vol.III, Dublin, 1962, p.25, no.249).