Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Nizami Ganjavi, Sharaf-nama , being the first half of the Iskandar-nama

Sold for £600

Est: £600–800

Nizami Ganjavi, Sharaf-nama (Book of Honour) , being the first half of the Iskandar-nama, in Persian, illuminated manuscript on paper, [Persia, c.1750]

209 leaves, lacking at least 4 leaves (two bifolia, with the text on Alexander’s marriage to King Dara’s daughter, Roxana, much to the frustration of the present cataloguer) from ch. 26, double column, 17 lines of elegant black nasta'liq, headings in red, decorative polychrome heading to opening leaf with floral sprays and spiralling vines against a gold backdrop, leaves double-ruled in red and blue, catch-words, worming to margins occasionally affecting text, a few small chips to extremities of leaves, lower right-hand corner of first 15 leaves torn with some losses, skilfully repaired with early paper with manuscript facsimile supplied for the few areas of text affected, 235 by 145 mm.; contemporary morocco, blind-stamped and ruled with decorative central medallions and corner-pieces, spine reinforced with leather, hinges cracked, a little rubbed and extremities chipped

This is the first part of Nizami's Iskandar-Nama , a monumental two-part epic in verse about the life of Alexander the Great. The text is split into a historical account of Alexander's life as a warrior and hero (the part here), and the Iqbal-nama , a discussion of Alexander's life as an exemplary King, prophet and philosopher in the ‘Mirror of Princes’ tradition. It draws heavily on Firdawsi's epic Shahnameh .

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