A Compendium of Chronicles: Rashid al-Din's Illustrated History of the World

April 30, 1999|
A Compendium of Chronicles: Rashid al-Din's Illustrated History of the World by Sheila S. Blair
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* Contains full-colour reproductions of each folio after the manuscript''s recent restoration. The Nasser D. Khalili Collection is the greatest collection of Islamic art in private hands. Among its holdings of outstanding manuscripts is a fragmentary copy in Arabic of the Jami al-Tawarikh or Universal History, without a doubt one of the greatest illustrated medieval manuscripts to have survived from either East or West. Written by the great historian and vizier to the Ilkhanid court, Rashid al-Din, and copied in Tabriz between 1310 and 1315 by the author''s own calligraphers and illustrators, the manuscript''s importance as the first world history was quickly recognized. Dr Blair reconstructs the often complex history of its ownership, explains its seminal role in the evolution of the illustrated Persian book, and challenges the belief of previous scholars that the Nour fragment and that in the Library of the University of Edinburgh are parts of different manuscripts. Her study of the manuscript''s text and miniatures--accompanied by numerous colour details and duotone illustrations of comparative material--provides fascinating insights into the state of pre-Mongol painting and the working practices of a Persian atelier over six hundred years ago.
Sheila Blair is Co-editor, Dictionary of Western Art (Western and Central Asia section)
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Title:A Compendium of Chronicles: Rashid al-Din's Illustrated History of the World
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:126 pages, 14.02 X 10.08 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:126 pages, 14.02 X 10.08 X 0 in
Published:April 30, 1999
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780197276273

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