SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact:

[RELIGIOUS/OTHER]
Tales from the Mahābhārata.

Published
end of XVIII or beginning of XIX century.
Plates
40
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
end of XVIII or beginning of XIX century.
Ref
746

Persian manuscript on paper, probably Kashmir.208 numbered leaves. Leaf dimensions: mm. 280 x 190; text panel: 213 x 122 mm. 31 lines per page, written in a nastaˤlīq script in black ink. Some titles and marked in red ink. Almost every text page lies within red frames. Five pages with illuminated headings and 40 miniatures in colours and gold. Some spaces arranged for miniatures were left blank. Painted laquered binding. The manuscript is in very good condition. This text is a Persian translation of parts of the great Indian epics Mahābhārata, most probably an abridged copy of the Razmnāmeh, a translation of the Mahābhārata commissioned by the Mughal emperor Akbar.