Title: Illuminated Ottoman Qur'an, July 13 1795
Publisher: Muhammad al-Fardi, otherwise known as Hafiz al-Qur’an, Ottoman Turkey or the Balkans
A richly illuminated late 18th century Ottoman Qur’an written by hand, dating July 13 1795, or 25 Dhu al-Hijja AH 1209. This Qur’an is signed by the scribe Muhammad al-Fardi, otherwise known as Hafiz al-Qur’an. The colophon states that this is the 183rd Qur’an copied by the scribe.
This Qur’an is written in black naskh font throughout, with corrections in red, and gold roundel verse markers, along with shining gold and polychrome marginal decorations. The opening bifolio is a dazzling gold and polychrome decoration of flowering designs. There are also flowering designs in gold leaf at the margins marking each Juz’ or Sura.
One finely bound volume in 12mo, 306 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with minor rubbing to the boards. There are small repairs throughout, namely to the text borders, though many have disintegrated, with tears namely to the right side of the text margins, and one text border partially flapping. Some of the pages occasionally stick to each other as well due to the repairs. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.