Bloomsbury Auctions introduce Middle Eastern

Manuscripts to a thriving Book department

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London - The established Book Department at Bloomsbury Auctions is expanding into the Middle Eastern bibliophile market with a collection of works ranging from a 15th century manuscript on alchemy, through to a beautifully decorated 19th century example of the Divan by Persia's most beloved and renowned poet Hafez. The collection will be offered in the Important Books & Works on Paper sale on Thursday 13th November 2014.

Rupert Powell, Deputy Chairman at Bloomsbury Auctions commented; "Although in its infancy, our growing Middle Eastern Manuscripts department is already offering beautiful and important works to collectors through a comprehensive calendar of book auctions, which ranges from monthly Bibliophile sales to our bi-annual Important Books sales. We look to cultivate this new addition to the department and grow with the international market, whilst offering the London bibliophile scene a new collecting avenue."

A handsomely illuminated Maghribi Qur'an
from North Africa in the distinctly square format of the region.

Maghribi Qur'an, 1196 AH (1782 AD)
Est. £5,000-7,000 [Lot 317]

An early and important treatise on Al-Buni's
[Sharh al'Anmat] dealing with sorcery, spirituality and the names of God.

Ahmad ibn 'Ali al-Buni, 985 AH (1577-78 AD)
Est. £4,000-6,000 [Lot 313]

A rare and early Arabic manuscript on
jurisprudence copied just 12 years after the author's death

Al-Amili, Kitaab Al-Zubda Fi'ilm usul Al-Fiqh, 1042 AH (01633 AD)
Est. £2,500 - 3,500 [Lot 316]

Important work on Arabic grammar
by Al-Isfara'ni, copied in a fine and elegant hand

Al-Isfara'ni, Sharh al-Faw'aid al-Diy'aiyya sharh al'Kafiya, mid-17th century
Est. £2,0007-3,000 [Lot 319]

A fine and beautifully decorated example of the Divan
by Persia's most beloved and renowned poet Hafez

Hafez-e Shirazi, Divan, 1241 AH (1825 AD)
Est. £2,000-3,000 [Lot 322]

A 15th Century Arabic manuscript on alchemy
Bin Aymadi Al-Jaldaki, Kitab Nihayat al-Talab Sharh al-Muktasab fi sina'at al-Main wa al-Dhahab,

900 AH (1494-5 AD-
Est. £1,800 - 2,200 [Lot 310]

Two beautifully decorated Lacquer boards
possibly used as a book binding

Est. £500-700 [Lot 320]

The sale of Important Books and Works on Paper will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' saleroom in London's Mayfair on Thursday 13th November. The full catalogue is available to view and download at


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

London - 3rd Novemeber 2014