PIR MUHAMMAD IBN PIRI AHMAD B. KHALIL, KITAB ANIS AL-'ARIFIN, ON POETRY, TURKEY, OTTOMAN, DATED 995 AH/1586-87 AD
Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish on paper, 167 leaves plus 2 fly-leaves, 21 lines to the page, written in ince and taliq in black ink, ruled in gold and black, titles or important words in red, f.1b with a gold and polychrome heading (‘unwan), in a light brown gilt and stamped binding, with flap, one cover detached
text panel: 17.5 by 8.4cm.
leaf: 23.3 by 13.3cm.
F.1a with several ownership notes and some stains, some losses to the illumination, the margins have been trimmed, various stains and rubbing and occasional minor restorations, with covers detached, 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."
N. Safwat, A Collector’s Eye. Islamic calligraphy in Qur’ans and other manuscripts, London 2010, no.65, pp.250-1.