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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"

Stamped, painted and gilt leather Koran bindings
(18th cent. A.D. / 12th cent. A.H.)

Ornate Naskhi script.

These two volumes show the range of styles used by later workshops. The outside of the binding is stamped with a European-type floral border and a full-cover design painted in several colors. The interior covers have colored stamped patterns in the traditional Persian style. The lack of flaps and the dimensions of the bindings, extending slightly beyond the edge of the pages rather than flush with them, are features borrowed from European bindings.

Beinecke; Arabic ms. 58