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Kalila wa Dimna, signed by Alti ibn ‘abd al-‘Aziz ibn Alti Ahmad, Near East, dated 747 AH/1347 AD  
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Kalila wa Dimna, signed by Alti ibn ‘abd al-‘Aziz ibn Alti Ahmad, Near East, dated 747 AH/1347 AD  
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Kalila wa Dimna, signed by Alti ibn ‘abd al-‘Aziz ibn Alti Ahmad, Near East, dated 747 AH/1347 AD  
Arabic manuscript on paper, 98 leaves, 19 lines to the page arranged in 2 columns, written in naskh script in black ink, headings in red, f.57b and f.58a ruled in red, in marbled paper binding
20.6 by 12.5cm.
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Catalogue Note

Kalila wa Dimna is probably the most famous book of fables in Arabic. Based on a Sanskrit text titled Panchatantra, the volume presents animal fables which are supposed to be guidance for life and behaviour. The oldest surviving example is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (inv.no.3465) and was copied in Syria between 1200 and 1220 AD. During the fourteenth and fifteenth century the text experienced a revival and was extensively copied, as evidenced by the present fine edition.

In Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani’s biographical dictionary of the notables of the eighth century AH, al-Durar al-kaminah fi a’yan al-mi’ah al-thamina, there is mention of an Alti ibn ‘abd al-‘Aziz ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Alti Shuja’ al-Din, who is described as being a poet living in Mardin, Turkey, and who went on Hajj in 1366-67 AD.

Several ownership notes and seals are present on the first and last leaves, including one which can be compared to another almost identical on the Kitab al-aghani ('Book of Songs'), now in the Millet Yazma Eser Kutuphanesi, Istanbul (Roxburgh 2005, p.97).

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