[Biblia arabica - NT]. Safar Youhna al-Ra'ani (The Book of Revelations).

Jerusalem, 9. IV. 1579.

4to (172 x 234 mm). Decorated manuscript in Bohairic Coptic and Arabic. Red and black ink on paper. 108 ff. double-column throughout, complete including one blank. With full-page illustration of the Holy Cross opening the text in polychrome colour, polychrome heading, and illustrated initial opening the first page of text. Later leather-backed cloth over boards.

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A unique manuscript translation of the Apocalypse of John, the final book of the New Testament, which was to be printed in Arabic at the Medicea Press only some ten years later. The Arabic and Bohairic Coptic text is set in two parallel columns. The colophon is signed by the scribe Jubra'il bin Yousha (Gabriel, the son of Joshua), recording that the volume was completed in the Holy City of Jerusalem on 9 April 1579 AD.

A few small stains and smudges to outer edges of leaves, some light finger-soiling. A fine example of the Coptic and Arabic manuscript tradition, found here with full-page and colour illustrations.

Stock Code: BN#53695