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LITHOGRAPH IN GOLD / ALAOUITE DYNASTY, MOROCCO: هذه مرثية الشريف مولاى احمد بن المرحوم سلطان المغرب مولاى عبد الرحمن الشريف [This is an Elegy for Sharif Moulay Ahmad, the Son of the Late Sultan of Morocco Moulay Abd al-Rahman Sharif …]

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An elegant pamphlet in Arabic language with an elegy for Ahmad, a son of sultan of Morocco Abd al-Rahman from the Alaouite dynasty, was lithographed in gold in Istanbul.

 

8°. 12 pp., original wrappers with lettering, all pages lithographed in gold, elegant modern calf with debossed ornaments to contemporary style, bound with old marbled wrappers, modern yellow endpaper (three tiny worm-holes in white margins of all pages, binding with minor scratches, overall in a good condition).

 

 

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An elegant pamphlet, entirely lithographed in gold, contains an elegy for Ahmad Ibn Abd al-Rahman (الشريف مولاى احمد بن المرحوم سلطان المغرب مولاى عبد الرحمن الشريف), a son of the sultan of Morocco Abd al-Rahman (1778 –1859), who governed from 1822 to 1859 and was known for his reign in the time of the French colonisation of Morocco.

Ahmad Ibn Abd al-Rahman was from the Alaouite dynasty, the Arab ruling family of Morocco, which claims descent from a relative of prophet Muhammad.

The text was revised by a higher official, a honourable Omar Bin Mohammed Bin Zine al-Abdine (عمر بن محمد بن زين العابدين) and recited by a scholar Mustafa al-Shanini al-Tarabulsi (مصطفى الشنيني الطرابلسي).

The author and revisor of the printed text was  Ahmed Tahir Al-Kanwi an-Naqshbandi al-Ahmadi al-Mujaddadi al-Sakin (حافظ القرأنا لياهر الحاج احمد طاهر القنوى النقشبندى الاحمدى المجددى الساكن) from the madrasa at the Bayezid Mosque.

The book was lithographed by Bosnawi Hajji Efendi, a printer of Bosnian origins in Istanbul. The subject and an elaborate expensive technique of lithograph in gold on highly surface-sized and burnished paper, imitating manuscripts, suggests that the pamphlet was commissioned privately in small amounts, possibly as gifts, commemorating sharif moulay Ahmad Ibn Abd al-Rahman.

We could not find any other examples on the market nor in institutions.

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