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An Ottoman Anthology of Poetry, in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Farsi, decorated manuscript on paper [Ottoman Turkey, second half of seventeenth century]

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Estimate: £500 - £700
ca. US$653 - US$914
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An Ottoman Anthology of Poetry, in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish and Farsi, decorated manuscript on paper [Ottoman Turkey, second half of seventeenth century] textually complete, but possibly lacking final free endpaper, 79 leaves, single or double column, varying numbers of lines of black, red and green cursive naskh, contemporary foliation in red, a few small stains, gutters a little damp-stained, endpapers darkened, oblong 8vo, 215 by 80 mm.; contemporary Ottoman-style leather covers, blind-stamped with central medallion, ruled in blind, extremities a little rubbed, overall excellent condition With a typed British Library deposit letter signed by Persian and Turkish curator M. I. Waley, dated 2 February 1989. This anthology contains an interesting mixture of religious and secular verse, including Sufi poetry, apparently copied in one hand throughout and probably used as a collection for personal use and reference. Although much of the poetry included is anonymous, the few attributions present include poetry by Nezami, Fazouli, Katibi and Hayati among others.

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Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: Works on Paper from the Islamic and Near Eastern Worlds
Date of the auction: 30 Apr 2019
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