ILLUMINATED 1813 OTTOMAN KORAN IN ARABIC
(KORAN). Manuscript Koran. Turkey, circa 1813. 12mo, contemporary full gilt-painted burgundy morocco with flap closure; gilt-painted custom slipcase. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $17,500.
Rare early 19th-century illuminated manuscript of the Koran in Arabic from Turkey, splendid in a contemporary morocco binding and matching slipcase with hand-painted gilding.
Complete, handsome early 19th-century Ottoman Koran, beautifully scribed and signed by Turkish calligrapher Hafiz Muhammad al-Nuri, student of Hafiz Muhammad al-Hamdi. This rare illuminated manuscript is executed in 15-line black naskhi script bordered in gold; with beautiful polychrome and gilt double-page opening with white and rose floral decorations. Fully vocalized in red and black, with gold aya markers, surah headings in white on gold with colored highlights, catchwords, and gilt polychrome floral juz' markers throughout. In Arabic.
Interior about-fine with inner hinges expertly reinforced, contemporary binding very lovely with slightest minor rubbing. A beautiful, about-fine copy, handsomely scribed and bound.