A 14th-century Qur’an only oil-rich sheiks can buy to absolve their environmental sins
There are few books sacred enough to be never turned into a digital edition and be treasured the way they are forever, and this 14th-century Qur’an written entirely in large, gold script interspersed with fascinating illumination is clearly one of them. The Islamic book commissioned by Sultan Baybar’s II in 1304, during the Mamluk Sultanate, in Cairo, is now housed in The British Library in London and is considered one of the world’s great manuscript treasures. But, this sacred book is now up for the religious souls who can afford to pay $90,233 for all seven volumes. Facsimile Editions, the British company, is producing the edition as a private venture.
“We’ve just starting recently,” with the Qur’an, said Linda Falter, who runs the business with her husband, Michael. “We’ve done some pages and we’re hoping to complete it within three years. We are looking for a sponsor. It could be single people or somebody who wants the whole edition.” Sponsors will have the option to commit to buying the whole print run upfront for a reduced price, or to buying part. The book will further be available in a limited edition and it recently went on display at Abu Dhabi book fair.
Via: The National