Or 15598 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)
1 copy of Tuḥfat al-mulūk
A didactic tract on ethics and government, also known by the title Tuḥfat al-vuzarā, comprising 40 briefsections (bāb), each containing four maxims.
The present manuscript was copied and illuminated by or for Sayyid Yūsuf Majd al-Udabā, and illustrated by his son, for presentation to the heir apparent Prince (later Shah) Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, 1919-1980This is evident from two inscriptions in illuminated panels at the foot of f. 8v and the head and foot of f. 9r, together with the presence of his portrait on f. 9r. The latter is signed by ‘Sayyid Ḥusayn pisar-i Majd al-Udabā’.
Includes a drawing of Prince Mohammad Reza on f. 9r by Sayyid Ḥusayn, son of Majd al-Udabā, dated 1304 shamsī/1925-6.
Minute catchwords. Red section headings. Interlinear gilding throughout: vegetation scrolls; larger scrolls around portrait, 9r. Elegant small gilt and polychrome illuminated heading, f. 1v, and panels with inscriptions, f. 8v and 9r. Text frames: black, gold, black, gold, blue; black, gold, black in borders.
Green leather binding with gilt border lines.
Provenance and Acquisition
Acquired from Christies sale 11 April 2000, Lot 99
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