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THE WONDERS OF CREATION AND THE SINGULARITIES OF PAINTING: A STUDY OF THE ILKHANID LONDON QAZVINI. Stefano Carboni. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Oxford University Press. 448 pp. with 216 ills. (212 col.). 25 x 18 cm. ISBN 9780748683246 In English.
Publisher's description: Al-Qavwini's Wonders of Creation is one of a handful of extant illustrated codices produced under the Mongols of Persia. Al-Qazvini collected, edited and assembled a large body of literary works into a single text that reflects the cultural world of a medieval Arab encyclopaedist. In this lavishly illustrated volume, Stefan Carboni analyses the manuscript's miniatures, discusses the 368 paintings that illustrate the codex, and includes a partial critical translation of the related Arabic text. The codex contains a copy of a cosmographical text written in Arabic in Baghdad towards the end of the 13th century. The cosmography represents a physical description of the world arranged from the outer spheres of the universe, where the throne of God, the Angels and the Planets are located, down to Earth where the Peoples living in the Islands of the Oceans, the Mineral, the Vegetal and the Animal Kingdoms are described throughout the text.About the series: Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art offers readers easy access to the most up-to-date research across the whole range of Islamic art, representing various parts of the Islamic world, media and approaches. Books in the series are beautifully illustrated academic monographs of intellectual distinction that mark a significant advance in the field.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional) — Iran (Persia) — Manuscripts and Book Design, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166179
Hardcover $155.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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