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ANTIQUE 1800s ISLAMIC Quran Leather Cover Inscription SOMALIA /1 of a Collection

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Seller: trovegnome (101) 100%, Location: Phoenix, Arizona, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 322158914132 From the Collection of David and Julie Wadsworth – USAID Water Project, Mogadishu Somalia, 1969-1971. This antique Qur’an was collected on one of our excursions into the Somali countryside during the time we were there. It is probably from the 1883 or earlier based on an inscription in the back of the book. It has leather cover with a flap that folds over the top. The leather is embossed with a simple border of Islamic designs. There is also faint writing on the cover that I cannot make out. There is a number on the flap that appears to read “1346”. Inside is handwritten in calligraphy in a form of Arabic that has the vowel marks (small markings above the main text) which is seldom used today. The calligraphy is in two colors of ink – black and red – red denotes the name of god. Every so often, there is a note off to the side that the original scribe or others have added. In the very back, there is an inscription that reads “1?83 Grand Mosque Riyad”. Unfortunately that second number in the date is illegible but it is at least 1883 if not older. It seems like the owner made a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia at one point. The book measures approximately 9.25” x 7.75” x 1.75”.Please note that the leather cover does not close fully anymore due to shrinkage over time. Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out other treasures The Trove Gnome has collected in his store. http://stores.ebay.com/trovegnome Condition: This antique item has a lot of wear and has traveled far. General wear on leather cover. Staining and wear to edges of pages. Front page is missing. Spine is coming unglued from pages. Leather cover does not close any more due to shrinkage over time., Provenance: Ownership History Available, Material: Paper

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