Kitab Dala’il al-Khairat wa Shawariq al-Anwar fi Dhikr al-Salah ‘ala al-Nabi al-Mukhtar [Guidebook of Benefits and Illuminations of Prayers to the Chosen Prophet].

[N.p., North Africa: early to mid-18th century C.E.].

Price: $3,500.00

About the item

Manuscript on laid paper, vocalized Arabic text in brown ink in maghrebi hand, catchwords, occasional words in red or blue ink, 8 lines per page, double rule borders in red, wiith polychrome gilt opening verses, opposite page bordered in gilt floral pattern, and two full-page polychrome gilt designs (one titled Mihrab as-Salat), Names of the Prophet within gilt frames on 11 pages, numerous gilt polychrome sectional headings. 167 leaves. Complete. 1 vols. 3-7/8 x 3 inches. Contemporary Islamic binding in full reddish brown goatskin, heavily gilt, with fore edge guard, marbled paper pastedowns. Rebacked. Occasional marginal corrections in a later hand, some later additional prayers on endsheets. First page and colophon leaf smudged (with small losses of text), else very good.

Item #267230

The well-known handbook of rituals and prayers associated with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. This devotional work by Al-Jazuli (d. 1465) was intended to remind the reader of the importance of prayer and its benefits, and also to render such prayers in a manner facilitating memorization. With and additional selection of prayers on 19 leaves.

An attractive specimen of Maghrebi calligraphy, used throughout North Africa from Morocco to Tunisia and along the trans-Saharan trade lines.