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Bringing the Maqrīzī in a Better State. The Restoration and Binding of MS Leiden Or. 14.533

In: Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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Katinka KeusBook restoration workshop ‘Meridiaan’ Amsterdam The Netherlands

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Abstract

One of the major acquisitions in the last decades of Leiden University Library is a large fragment (more than five hundred leaves) of the autograph copy of what is commonly called Kitāb al-Muqaffā, the biographical dictionary by the Egyptian historian Amad b. Alī al-Maqrīzī (d. 845/1442). The material entered the Leiden library in a fearful state, and the two authors, who are paper conservators in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, have brought this manuscript back into a condition which makes it possible that it is consulted by scholarly readers. They discuss their options and their choices during the conservation process, and they describe how they brought the manuscript in a better state. They add a full conspectus of the physical composition of the manuscript as it was.

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