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Quran. A miniature Qur'an. Vimperk, Hans Steinbrener, no date (20th century). 26 x 37 mm. 819, (5) pp. Original leather leather binding richly gilt with floral motifs, with leather clasp and cord with attached magnifying lens. All edges gilt. In original cardboard box.

EUR 100.00

Charming miniature Quran in excellent condition, preserved in its original gilt binding and cardboard box. With richly decorated opening double page frontispiece. Fully vocalized text set in a frame, verse separators, sura headings and section markers in the margins printed in black throughout. These miniature Qurans were printed at the press of Hans Steinbrener since the early 1900s; with the new millennium, the shop closed down and ceased production. These miniature editions of the Holy Quran, with their elaborate gilt leather bindings and attached magnifying glass, count among the finest examples of their kind and as masterpieces of Bohemian printing and craftsmanship. "The firm advertised itself as the continent's largest producer of artistic bindings for prayer books and the largest publisher of prayer books [...] This publisher supplied a market ranging from Manila to New York" (Marija Dalbello, "Franz Josef's Time Machine: Images of Modernity in the Era of Mechanical Photoreproduction", in: Book History, Vol. 5 [2002], pp. 67-103).

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Quran. A miniature Qur'an manuscript. Turkey, early 20th century. 35 x 35 mm. Limp leather binding. Hexagonal format.

EUR 1,000.00

Arabic manuscript on paper. 201 leaves, complete. 9 lines per page, written in black ink, margins ruled in red, sura headings in red. Illuminated opening page and colophon in colours. - The calligraphy and illumination are rather unsophisticated, as common with miniature Qur'ans, which mainly served apotropaic and mnemonic rather than representative purposes.

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Quran. A miniature Qur'an manuscript. Turkey, early 20th century. 23 x 28 mm. Original morocco.

EUR 1,500.00

Arabic manuscript on paper. 131 leaves, complete. 8 lines per page, written in black ink, margins ruled in red, sura headings in red. Illuminated opening page and colophon in colours and gold. - The calligraphy and illumination are rather unsophisticated, as common with miniature Qur'ans, which mainly served apotropaic and mnemonic rather than representative purposes.

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Quran. A miniature leaf-shaped Qur'an, copied by Mohammad Saleh... Taom Zadeh, in Arabic. Turkey, dated 1248 AH (1832/33). Turkey, dated 1248 AH (1832/33).

EUR 35,000.00

An enchanting miniature Qur'an in an unusual découpe leaf-shaped style with jagged edges on dark green paper. While the Tuba tree is not actually mentioned in the Qur'an, it is commonly believed to be that which grows in Janna, the Islamic understanding of Paradise, and its leaves stand behind the shape of the delicate 'leaves' in this unusual codex. The use of silver and the presentation of the entire Qur'an in two tiny columns which mimic the veins of a real leaf, point to the quality of this manuscript and the wealth of the patron who commissioned it. - Only two comparable Qurans have appeared on the open market in the last few years: both at Sotheby's, 19 October 1994, lot 57, and 24 April 1996, lot 18.

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