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Lot 0248
A SCHOLAR'S TREASURY THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR RUDOLF GELPKE (Lots 248-298) The following fifty lots come from the collection of Professor Rudolf Gelpke (1928-1972), a Swiss scholar and lover of Persian literature. Gelpke's collection is that of a true scholar. He was obviously interested in manuscripts on a wide variety of subjects. From a rare Jalayrid illustrated historical manuscript, to a handsomely illuminated Qajar Qur'an or a copies of works by Ibn Sina, the collection touches on all subjects. Each individual manuscript seems to have intrigued him. Gelpke was a scholar through and through, and the opening fly-leaves of each of his manuscripts have copious notes - some typewritten and pasted in, others furiously scribbled in pencil - all going into a meticulous level of detail on the book in question. From suggested dates and attributions, to lists of interesting page numbers, a transcription of seals or little sums where he converted dates from the Hijri calendar, working through them, one really feels the love and the keen scholarly interest that Gelpke had in each and every one of his manuscripts. The main part of this scholarly collection will be included in the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds auction at Christie's King Street, which will take place on 26 October 2017. 'Abd al-Rahman Diami (817-898AH/1414-1492AD), Selsele-ye zahab, dated 974AH/1566AD, 14ll. of neat black nasta'liq arranged in two columns within gold rule, headings in black, opening folio with illuminated header, 489ff., original brown leather binding with applied tooled medallions, 22 x 13cm.

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Estimate £700 - £1,000Oct 23, 2017