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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"

Lacquered binding
(1791 A.D. / 1206 A.H.)

Tarikh-i Nadiri. A history of Nadir Shah Afshar, who ruled Iran from 1736 to 1747, written in Persian by Mahdi Khan Astarabadi (d. 1759), his secretary and court historian.
Nasta`liq script.

This richly painted leather binding from Iran combines the traditional medallion pattern with the floral style more typically found on lacquered bindings.

Beinecke; Persian mss. suppl. 62