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The written legacy of the Islamic world from the eighth to the twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on Arabic and Persian manuscripts, together with Western books and manuscripts dealing with Islamic cultures and countries.

Quaritch has been handling such material since the nineteenth century, and has been instrumental in the expansion and refinement of many major collections. Among the important works to pass through our hands have been a manuscript of Nizami's Khamsah, copied for the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1595, now MS Add. 12208 at the British Library; a set of four volumes from a thirty volume Qur'an, one of the earliest known examples of Eastern Kufic, now MS 1417 at the Chester Beatty Library; and Pagano's monumental view of Cairo, printed at Venice in 1549, one of two surviving copies, now in a private collection.
  1. [QUR’AN LEAF.]

    Iraq or Iran, c. 1350–1420 A.D.

    The manuscript from which this leaf originates, a prayer-book made up of the five Qur’an surahs that begin with the phrase Al-hamdu li’llah (surahs I, VI, XVIII, XXXIV and XXXV), has been desribed as ‘one of the finest of its type to have been produced in the late 14th century or the early 15th...

    £45000

  2. ‘ATTAR, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Farid Al-Din, attributed to (John Haddon HINDLEY, editor).

    Pendeh-i-Attar. The Counsels of...

    London, W. Bulmer & Co. for Black, Parry and Kingsbury, 1809.


    First edition of the Pand-nama of Farid al-Din ‘Attar and the first appearance of any of ‘Attar’s works in the original Farsi.

    £1800

  3. GREEN, Samuel.

    The life of Mahomet, founder of the religion of Islam, and of the empire of the Saracens; with notices of the history...

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

    First edition. ‘In the following work, brevity has been as much studied as is consistent with a correct and full exhibition of the subject of a memoir . . . . It is fancied that such a work, within the reach of all, was a desideratum in our literature, felt more than ever now that oriental studies...

    £150