Title Miniature Indian Manuscript with 19 Watercolor Paintings
Book Condition Good
Seller ID 006081
Probably an early nineteenth century manuscript, of undeniable, and irresistible beauty. Oblong, 7.5 by 13.5 cm. 157 leaves with manuscript text (over 300 pages), written with a calligraphic hand and decoratively ruled around the perimeter, text almost always on both sides, and 19 original watercolor plates of hunt, martial, court, and fantastical scenes, featuring along with the high born and the lowly, horses, elephants, and other animals. The watercolors generally have rich and vibrant color, with scenes that are both palpable yet seem to float in a mist of fantasy. The paintings are in a traditional mode, with the flattening of perspective, and their subject matter, it seems to us, as non-specialists in this sort of manuscript. Condition: a more modern binding, with a cloth spine, marbled boards. The papers within are very fine and delicate. Some dampstaining and other soiling. Also some wormholing, and some edges chewed. A few tiny holes in the paper. We believe that the text, though, is overwhelmingly unaffected. Of the nineteen plates, two have considerable damage, suffering some loss of their imagery or a dulling of their color. Perhaps one or two others have minor loss in one way or another -- nothing that we think will disconcert. In other words, most of the watercolors should dazzle.