The Khalili Collection contains the largest and most comprehensive range of Qur'anic material in private hands. This, the first of four volumes devoted to the subject, covers the three major styles of Qur'anic calligraphy that came into existence before AD 1000. The catalogue contains 98 items which are described and illustrated in colour. Included among these are a significant number of complete manuscripts, some with their original bindings; two folios from the famous 9th-century Qur'an which was written in gold on blue parchment; and two quires from a 10th-century Qur'an, the only copy known to have been produced in Sicily. The introduction includes a survey of the codicology and illumination of early Qur'ans, and discusses problems of classification and dating. The author's system of classifying early Qur'anic scripts is set out in five tables, and the calligraphic styles themselves are discussed in three essays (Hijazi script; Early Abbasid scripts, and the New Style).
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Francois Deroche, Director of Studies, Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.Review:
`intelligently produced and sumptuously illustrated Weekend FT
'A massive 30-volume survey of the arts of Islam open with three opulent volumes on Qur'ans, The Abbasid Tradition, The Master Scribes and After Timur,intelligently produced and sumptuously illustrated.' Susan Moore, Financial Times
`a precise description of every item within a scheme clearly explained in the introductory chapter...the descriptions are careful, and unique examples like the AD 982-3 manuscript from Palermo are appropriately highlighted...these three volumes are stunning. In spite of their size and scholarly aims, they are a joy to hold and to behold. The printed texts are easy and pleasing to read...The illustrations are generously numerous, legible and remarkably faithful to the originals.` Oleg Grabar, The Times Literary Supplement
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Book Description The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 191 p. : ill. (many colour). 4to. in a slip-case. 'The Khalili Collection contains the largest range of Qur'anic material in private hands. The Qur'ans in this collection are described and illustrated in four volumes, of which this is the first; it covers the 8th to the 10th centuries.'. Bookseller Inventory # 33ri02
Book Description The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1992. 355x255mm 192pp 113 colour illustrations. Cloth, very goog, in lightly worn dustwrapper, with minor nick, lacks slipcase. The first of four volumes devoted to the Qur'ans in the Khalili collection. Bookseller Inventory # 432
Book Description Kha, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Like New. Hardcover and dust jacket in slipcase. Fine binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. Bookseller Inventory # 1611210007
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