New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011.
Profusely illustrated throughout in color. 287 pages. Tall folio, blue cloth with inset pictorial label, protected in decorative board slipcase. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, (2011). First trade edition. Previous owner has made some very small faint pencil markings at lower margin of some pages, otherwise a fine copy in fine box. Scarce.
Published in conjunction with the 2011 opening of the galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The publication of this book commemorates the one thousandth anniversary of the completion of the Shahnama, the Persian national epic, which was written down in more than 50,000 couplets by the poet Firdausi. It also celebrates the most lavishly illustrated version of this text, a manuscript produced for the Safavid Shah Tahmasp, who ruled Iran from 1524 to 1576. The illuminated pages of the 16th-century Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, known as the most beautiful edition ever created, are reproduced in this publication.
Condition: Near Fine