Lot 111
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Nasir al-Din Tusi (d.1274 AD), Tadhkirah-ye aghaz va anjam ('The Beginning and The End', a treatise on interpretation of origins and the hereafter), copied by ‘Abd al-Rahim ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Khwarazmi (known as Al-Sultani), Persia, Timurid, dated 878 AH/1473-74 AD

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  • ink on paper with leather binding
  • 19.1 by 12.2cm.
Persian manuscript on polished paper, 25 leaves, 12 lines to the page, written in fine small nasta'liq script in black ink, keywords picked out in gold, catchwords, margins ruled in gold, finely-illuminated opening headpiece composed of interlocking lobed cartouches filled with an interlace of polychrome split-palmettes on blue and gold grounds with strap-work borders, soft paper binding with ebru decoration

Catalogue Note

Tadhkirah-ye aghaz va anjam (also called risaleh-ye aghaz va anjam) is a treatise on the interpretation of origins and the hereafter (also translated as 'The Beginning and The End') by the thirteenth-century polymath Nasir al-Din Tusi.

The scribe ‘Abd al-Rahim ibn ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Khwarazmi is recorded as a companion of Sultan Ya’qub Aq Qoyunlu, who called him Anisi which ‘Abd al-Rahim took on as his pen-name. He signed his works as Anisi, Ya’qubi and Al-Sultani. After Ya’qub’s death, he worked for his son Rustam and signed his work as ‘Abd al-Rahim Rustami. His recorded works are dated between 864 AH/1459-60 AD and 899 AH/1493-94 AD (Mehdi Bayani, ahval va athar-e khosh-navisan, vol.II, 1346 sh, pp.384-8; Minorsky, Calligraphers and Painters, Washington, 1959, pp.100-1).