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Near East Collection: Islamic Book and Bookbinding

Exhibits from the Near East Collection at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library & Yale University Library

Exhibit "Islamic Book and Bookbinding"

European influence
(ca. 18th cent.)

Farhang-i Jahangiri. A Persian dictionary written by Husayn ibn Hasan Inju Shirazi (d. ca. 1626).
Nasta`liq script.

This large binding reflects European influence both in the shapes of the floral stamps and in the lack of a protective flap. The application of paint in place of a stamped border is a feature of later leather bindings, particularly for manuscripts produced for commercial sales rather than for wealthy patrons.

Beinecke; Persian ms. +15