Manuscript of the Akhlaq-e Mohseni by Hussein... - Lot 293 - Ferri & Associés

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Manuscript of the Akhlaq-e Mohseni by Hussein... - Lot 293 - Ferri & Associés
Manuscript of the Akhlaq-e Mohseni by Hussein Kashifi, Iran, late 16th century and later. Manuscript on paper with 12 lines of text per page in Persian nasta'liq in black ink, titles and Qur'anic formulas in Arabic in blue ink, other phrases in gold, some portions of the text divided into two columns, the background of the paper powdered with gold. Some marginal inscriptions. Manuscript introduced by a double page illustrated with two lively hunting scenes of hunters on horseback or on foot and a variety of game, and surrounded by a margin decorated with mantling medallions and tchi clouds. A double-page spread richly illuminated in gold and polychrome follows, introduced by a frontispiece in sarlowh with a poly-lobed mantling richly decorated with tchi clouds, floral scrolls and medallions, topped by a gilded cartouche with a truncated title and surmounting a text in false reserve on a gold background with a scattering of florets. Antique brown morocco binding with stamped and polychrome decoration of a poly-lobed medallion with double appendices decorated with flowers, hatayi scrolls of delicate saz leaves and composite flowers. The embossed morocco counterpads are decorated with a medallion with appendages surrounded by four spandrels, the field flanked on one side by a frieze of cartouches and medallions, the whole embossed with a decoration of floral scrolls and tchi clouds enhanced with gold and polychromy Kamal al-Din Hussein ibn 'Ali Kashifi (d. 1504), better known by the diminutive Hussein Kashifi, was a poet, exegete of the Qur'an, Sufi and astronomer of the Timurid period. The Akhlaq-e Moheseni is among his most famous prose works. It is a treatise on ethics and the art of governing in forty chapters, completed in 1501-2 and dedicated to Sultan Hussein. We thank Camille Grandpierre for his help in reading the Persian. Size of the binding : 22,3 x 15 cm Later alterations, initial illustrations taken from another manuscript and added later, restorations: text remarged and binding cut and reassembled, stains, folds, wear, foxing, tears on the last page.
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