AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN, COPIED BY AL-HAFIZ AHMAD AL-RIDA'I, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, EDIRNE, DATED 1279 AH/1862-63 AD
Arabic manuscript on paper, 306 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 15 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in black, blue and gold, verses separated by gold and polychrome pointed roundels and rosettes, surah headings in white riqa’ against a gold ground within cartouches, floral verse marker in gold on the margins, f.1b and f.2a with an illuminated frontispiece, f.305b and f.306a with a finispiece bifolium, in brown stamped and gilt leather binding, with flap
text panel: 10.8 by 6.7cm.
leaf: 16.7 by 11.5cm.
The margins are clean and the pages have been numbered with European numerals on the upper edge, the first leaf detached, minor smudges and stains, as viewed.
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N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.41, pp.172-5.