Sa'adi (d.1292 AD), Kulliyat, signed by Na’im al-Din al-Katib, Persia, Shiraz, Timurid, dated 890 AH/1486 AD and 899 AH/1494 AD
- ink on paper with leather binding
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
The manuscript is dated twice: once at the end of Bustan (titled Sa’di-nameh) 18 Rabi’ II 899 (26 January 1494 AD) and at the end of the text, late in Dhi’l-hijjah 890 (early January 1486 AD). It shows Na’im al-Din copied different parts of the Kulliyat at different times and that it took him at least nine years to complete this manuscript. This same practice can be seen in a Khamsa of Nizami in the al-Sabah Collection in Kuwait, also by his hand (see Adamova & Bayani, Persian Painting, The Arts of the Book and Portraiture, 2015, pp.294-7, cat.21).
Na’im al-Din is known through his numerous recorded work dated between 886 AH/1481-82 and 915 AH/1509-10 AD that inform us that he was a son of Sadr al-Din Hafiz and that he worked in Shiraz (for more on him, his family and his recorded work, see ibid). Another fine copy of Sa'adi's Kulliyat, also signed by Na’im al-Din and complete with binding of comparable quality to the present example, is in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (see Richard 1997, p.114, no.75).