© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187846410X534702 brill.nl/jim Journal of Islamic Manuscripts 1 (2010) 37-60 Bringing the Maqrīzī in a Better State. The Restoration and Binding of MS Leiden Or. 14.533 Katinka Keus and Jeﬀ Clements 1 Book restoration workshop ‘Meridiaan’, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 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 Ah ̣ mad b. ʿ 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. Keywords al-Maqrizi, conservation, manuscripts During the autumn of 1995 we were asked by Dr. Jan Just Witkam, the then Curator of the Oriental
Journal of Islamic Manuscripts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: conservation; manuscripts; al-Maqrizi
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