The Book of the Wonders of the Age
Part of a compilation, comprising two works in Persian, profusely illustrated throughout, front and back covers stamped with stylised sun-head, rebound in 1848:
1. (fol. 1-89b): 'Ain al-Haiyat, or The Substance of the Lives, an abbreviation in Arabic of the famous Haiyat al-Haiyawan or Lives of the Animals of Damiri. The abbreviation was written by Damamini. 'The fifth treatise of the second volume of the Book of Wonders of the Age, or an account of the conditions on land- and sea-animals, comprising a preface and 28 chapters, according to the letters of the alphabet, with the names of animals and descriptions of their peculiarities and an explanation.' The writer has left the translation unfinished or has failed to transcribe completely an earlier Persian version, as it ends with the male partridge instead of ending with the queen-bee.
2. (fol. 91-130): Extracts from the 'Seven Seas' section of 'Aja'ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of Creation) of Qazwini. Cites as authorities 'Abdarrahman ibn Harun al-Maghribi and Abu Hamid al-Andalusi. Picture book with only a line or two of text on each page.
- f 91a: Starts with 'Among the wonders of the Western Sea'
- f 107b: 'And the wonders of the China Sea'
- f 114b: 'The island of Waqwaq' [East Indies]
- f 119b: 'The island of the Casle'
- f 130b: 'In explanation of the conditions of the Indian Sea etc'
- The writer has left this part unfinished, some of the illustrations are sketched out but incomplete.