Lot 126
  • 126

Hafiz (d.1389-90), Diwan, signed by Muhammad Amin known as Mirak al-Husayni, Persia, Safavid, dated 969 AH/1561-62 AD

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
37,500 GBP
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  • ink on paper with leather binding
Persian manuscript on paper, 159 leaves plus 11 flyleaves, the text area sprinkled with gold,  15 lines to the page, written in fine nasta'liq script in black ink within 2 columns separated by gold intercolumnar rules, margins ruled in gold, black and blue, titles picked out in larger blue and red text, double page illuminated frontispiece in colours and gold comprising scrolling polychrome flowers and split-palmettes interlaced with chinoiserie cloud bands, the text within cloud bands against a gold ground, corresponding illumination at colophon, later Ottoman red morocco binding with gilt-tooled scrolling border, with flap 


F.1a with ownership inscription in an Ottoman hand with seal impressions of Mustafa Sharifi dated [12]22 AH/1807-08 AD and Mustafa, dated 1225 AH/1810-11 AD.

Catalogue Note

Within the cartouches on the illuminated double page frontispiece of the present manuscript are the bismillah; Qur’an, chapter XII (Yusuf), part of verse 64, and a benedictory couplet in Arabic:

li-sahibihi al-sa’adah wa al-salamah / wa tul al-‘umr ma nahat hamamah

‘To its owner, happiness and well-being
As long as the dove coos’