Abu’l-Fadl ‘Iyad ibn Musa ‘Iyad al-Yahsubi (died 1149-50 AD), Kitab al-Shifa’ fi ta’rif huquq al-Mustafa ('The Restoration to Health in the Explanation of the Prerogatives of the Elect'), a biography of the Prophet Muhammad, Egypt, Cairo, Mamluk, dated 737 AH/1336-37 AD
- ink on paper with leather binding
- 25 by 19.5cm.
The manuscript was owned by a certain Abi al-Nasir ibn Abi Bakr al-Hilli al-Hakim (physician) al-Mudarris (teacher) in Constantinople. Other owners’ names with the dates 811 AH/1408-09 AD and 982 AH/1574-75 AD.
There are six copies, the earliest two dated 1365 AD and 1366 AD, in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (see U. Lyons, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, volume VIII, Indexes, Dublin, 1966, p.119). For a later version see A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, pp.481-2, no.304 . See also C. Brockelmann, GAL, I. 593, S. I. 630.
The illumination of the title page of the present manuscript can be compared with that of a Qur’an sold in these rooms, 24 April 1996, lot 15. In both instances, the opening text is written in gold against a lined-ground filled with large partially-coloured scrolling split-palmettes. The illumination can also be compared with that of the left-hand folio of a frontispiece from the only surviving volume of the earliest known thirty-part Mamluk Qur’an (Juz' XXVII) copied by Ahmad ibn Kamal al-Mutatabbib, who was active in the 1330s. Much of the decorative detail harks back to the work of Sandal and his associates (see D. James, Qur’ans of the Mamluks, London, 1988, p.140, fig.93, and also pp.34-75, chapter III, 'Qur’ans in Cairo 1304-1330').