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The Blue Qur'an | MS 4583
Created on: 30 September 2014

MS in Arabic on vellum dyed deep blue, Spain or Qairawan, Tunisia, 9th or 10th cent, 1 f 30x40 cm, single column (20x30 cm) 15 lines in Kufic script in gold, some diacritical strokes, large marginal medallion in silver. 

Golden Qur'an | MS 2979
Created on: 30 September 2014

MS in Arabic on vellum, Near East, 9th cent, 1 f 26x37 cm, single column (20x28 cm). 

Giant Qur'an | MS 2980
Created on: 30 September 2014

MS in Arabic on vellum, North Africa, ca. 700, i f 55x70 cm, single column (46x52 cm) 12 lines in early Kufic script without diacritical marks.

RIGVEDA (PADAPATHA VERSION)  | MS 5371 (1)
Created on: 08 September 2014

MS in Sanskrit on paper, Rajasthan, India, 1778-79, 2 vols. 446+446 ff., 9x24 cm, single column, (5x19 cm), 7 lines in Devanagari script of high quality, Vedic accents and margins in red.

ATSUTANE HIRATA  | MS 5331
Created on: 10 May 2014

Blockprint in Japanese on paper, Edo, Japan, 1837, 3 vols., 28+30+22 ff. (complete), 26x18 cm, 7 columns, (20x31 cm woodblock size), 16 Kanji (Chinese characters) with Katakana added, woodblocks signed by calligrapher/carver, 3 red owner’s stamps in seal script. 

NAKASHIMA: SHINTO CEREMONIES | MS 5330
Created on: 10 May 2014

 Blockprint in Japanese on paper, Edo, Japan, 1869, 36 ff. (complete), 26x18 cm, 7 columns, (20x30 cm woodblock size), 20 Kanji (Chinese characters) with Katakana added, 6+8 columns of Shodo (calligraphic cursive script), woodblocks signed by calligrapher/carver, red stamp of the author in Kanji.

NORITO: RITUAL SHINTO PRAYERS | MS 5329
Created on: 10 May 2014

Blockprint in Japanese on paper, Edo, Japan, 1800, 3 vols. 55+35+64 ff. (complete), 25x17 cm, 10-14 columns, (22x30 cm woodblock size), 13-28 Kanji (Chinese characters) with Katakana added, and Shodo (calligraphic cursive script), wood-blocks signed by calligrapher/carver, MS additions pasted in at beginning or end of each volume in Kanji, red ownership stamps.

KOJIKI, RECORDS OF ANCIENT MATTERS | MS 5327
Created on: 10 May 2014

Blockprint with MS additions in Chinese, Jodai Nihongo (Old Japanese), and Japanese on paper, Edo, Japan, 1803, 3 vols., 78+80+56 ff. (complete), 26x18 cm,7+8 columns, (21x31 cm, wood-block size)

NIHON-SHOKI | MS 5326
Created on: 10 May 2014

 Blockprint with MS additions in Chinese and Japanese on paper, Edo, Japan, ca. 1700, 2 vols., 48+43 ff. (complete), 27x19 cm, 8 columns, (20x32 cm, wood-block size), 15 Kanji (Chinese characters), with Katakana added, wood-blocks signed by calligrapher/carver, 2 red ownership stamps in seal script.

IMAD AL-DINAL-KHATIB AL-ISFAHANI | MS 5351
Created on: 10 May 2014

MS in Arabic on paper, Akka, Israel, 1889, 303 ff. (complete) 28x22 cm, single column, (19x11 cm), 18 lines in naskh script, headings and annotations in red, inscription above a removed Baha’i seal: This is the holy Babi Seal.

CH'ANG LI | MS 2765-7
Created on: 10 May 2014

Printed in Chinese on paper, Korea, early 17th c., 1 f., 33x21 cm, 9 columns, (26x17 cm), 16 characters in Chinese book script by movable wooden type Hullyon-Togam-Ja, Kyong-o-Ja style casted in 1594-1605. 

SHENGJI TU | MS 2490
Created on: 10 May 2014

Printed in Chinese on paper, Korea, early 17th c., 1 f., 33x21 cm, 9 columns, (26x17 cm), 16 characters in Chinese book script by movable wooden type Hullyon-Togam-Ja, Kyong-o-Ja style casted in 1594-1605.