"Lot 69" – Another Precious Arabic Manuscript from Iraq Auctioned Off

Show simple item record Schmidtke, Sabine 2019-11-27T20:44:42Z 2019-11-27T20:44:42Z 2019
dc.identifier.citation Sabine Schmidtke, "Lot 69" – Another Precious Arabic Manuscript from Iraq Auctioned Off. "School of Historical Studies Occasional Paper Series" no. 1 (November 27, 2019) en_US
dc.description.abstract International auction houses regularly offer precious Islamic manuscripts of uncertain provenance. These are often purchased by public libraries, in which case they are accessible to the scholarly community. A recent example is a collection of fourteen manuscripts fromYemen that were purchased in 2018 by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin from the London-based rare books and manuscripts dealer Bernard Quaritch Ltd. and will soon be available online. Other manuscripts rather end up in private hands and are thus no longer within reach of scholars. A remarkable manuscript was offered a short while ago by the UK auctioneer Dreweatts. The slim codex, identified as "Lot 69" on Dreweatts web-based catalogue and sold on October 22, 2019 to an unidentified buyer for £2,500, consists of 10 leaves ... The short description of "Lot 69" shows the fragment's immense value for scholarship. It is deplorable that it is unavailable at present for further study, especially as it may well be possible that additional portions of the original codex may surface in the future that would help elucidate its relation to the Najaf codex. en_US
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dc.publisher Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries "School of Historical Studies Occasional Paper Series";1
dc.subject Ibn Kammuna en_US
dc.subject Najm al-Din al-Nakhjawani en_US
dc.subject Dreweatts en_US
dc.subject Islamic manuscript traditions en_US
dc.title "Lot 69" – Another Precious Arabic Manuscript from Iraq Auctioned Off en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-6181-5065

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