Auction 42 - Rare and Important Items

Manuscript – Coptic Pentateuch in Arabic – Egypt, 17th Century

Opening: $2,000
Sold for: $13,750
Including buyer's premium
Manuscript, Pentateuch in Arabic. Egyptian-Coptic version. Egypt, 1657.
Fine Arabic Naskhi handwriting, on heavy paper. Various titles and additions in red ink. Large illustration in color on the first page of the book of Exodus. Missing leaves at the beginning.
This manuscript was originally in the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, an English collector and antiquariat, who held the most comprehensive collection of manuscripts (private collection) in the 19th century.
[342] leaves, 29 cm. Good condition. Spots of different kinds, some with damage to text. Wear on borders of leaves. Minor tears on first leaves of the Book of Exodus. Loose or detached signatures. Cardboard binding.
Provenance:
1. Collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Phillipps MS. 26030.
2. Catalogue of Persian, Turkish and Arabic manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures, from the celebrated collection formed by Sir Thomas Philipps Bt. (1792-1872); the property of the Trustees of the Robinson Trust. London : Sotheby & Co, 1968. Lot no. 159.
3. Collection of Teddy and Tamar Kollek.
Category
Rare and Important Items