Need to check what happens between the double frontispiece (ff. 1v-2r) and the illuminated beginning of the Baysunghuri Preface (ff. 3v-4r), i.e. what is on ff. 2v-3r?
First glance – luxurious production, high quality illustrations with very neat details, lots of gold, extremely expensive thick glossy Oriental paper, thick gold edge. Text blocks are covered with gold dust, very tasteful illumination of the headings. However, at a closer look the paintings produce a rather dry and boring impression.
Binding: red leather European binding with doublure of bright colourful marble paper.
The illustrated folios used to have bookmarks – some traces of the formerly attached threads glued in between the layers of the paper sheet (in gold ?, i.e. f. 306) – were all trimmed off.
State and condition: Ms is in a rather fragile state. Some folios need restoration/conservation (double page illuminated frontispiece), f. 21, 27-30, 236-8, 418-9; some of the cuts were restored in the East, horrible effect. Glue dried and tarnished.
Three sample pages give the impression of different styles of chelepa decoration: f. 16r (opposite the unvan which is already on the website), f. 18r – with multicoloured chelepa, ff. 118v, 212v – colourful chelepa (f. 306r – restored chelepa in horrible pink), 19r – opposite the picture of Kayumars with gold drawings on margins (FA)