Lot 40 (Islamic & Indian Art, 22nd April 2020)
A SAFAVID MANUSCRIPT ON HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS
Safavid Iran, dated 1632
Persian manuscript on paper, each folio with 21ll. of fine kitabat nasta’liq script, in black ink, chapter headings in red ink, 460ff. plus four fly-leaves, the opening folio illuminated in polychromes and gold, containing two illuminations, several pages prepared and reserved for illumination but left blank, catchwords, dated 2 Rabi’ Thani 1042 AH (16 October 1632), inscribed by Mohammad Mahdi Hurr, within dark calf binding, the text panel 21.9cm x 11.8cm (only the first eight folios within rulings), the folio 32.4cm x 20cm.
The author declares this tome to be the follow-up to Iskandar Munshi’s (1560-1632) Tarikh Alam Araye Abbassi, which covers the major historical accounts of the period from Shah Ismail I to the end of Shah Abbas’s reign (1501-1629). The narrative unfolds in yearly chapters, each starting from the Persian New Year (Nowruz) onward. They include the Georgian Tahmuris Khan (Teimuraz I of Kakheti, 1589-1661)’s uprising against Safavid domination of Georgia, a five decade-long struggle. The book promises further upcoming editions
Sold for £1,000