AN ILLUMINATED QUR’AN JUZ (I), PERSIA OR TURKEY, SAFAVID OR OTTOMAN, 16TH/17TH CENTURY
surah al-Fatihah (I), v.1 to surah al-Baqarah (II) v.141
Arabic manuscript on paper, 23 leaves plus 1 fly-leaf, 9 lines to the page, written in naskh in black ink, ruled in orange, gold and blue, verses separated by gold and polychrome dotted roundels, ff.1b and 2a with an illuminated frontispiece, lacking binding
text panel: 15.2 by 9.3cm.
leaf: 24.5 by 17cm.
The firs leaf detached, the rest of the manuscript with a weak string which is nearly broken, some stains and minor rubbing, some ownership labels on the fly-leaf, as viewed.
"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."