Manuscript Arabic prayer book.
8vo (135 x 90 mm). 11 pp. Ink on paper, written space 110 x 65 text area approx. Text in black with "points" in gold within the framework of various colours. Pages mounted within coloured rules. Title page in red, purple and gold (worn with some losses). Contemporary leporello binding.
Devotional manuscript, bound as a leporello. Begins with "bi-hawli llah wa-quwwatihi" ("with God's power and strength"); text has been separated and continues on a previous page. Elaborately decorated title and chapter heading within ornamental borders, gilt and coloured. The name of the scribe, Muhammad Ja'far al-Lahijani (from Lâhîjân in northern Iran on the Caspian Sea), as well as the date 1246, are stated on the final page.
Partially worn and damaged; front cover shows a floral design on cloth (rubbed and chafed); the back cover is missing. Some brownstaining and chipping; a few leaves show old repairs and marginal defects.