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The seven manuscript volumes of the Baybars Qur’an at the British Library, London

Baybars Qur’an

We created a full-size, single volume, facsimile-quality prototype after being approached by the British Library to find a patron to commission the production of a facsimile of their greatest Quranic treasure. The magnificent seven volume Baybars Qur’an dates from the Mamluk period (1304 – 1306)

2,188 pages written entirely in gold

Seven volumes, size 33 x 48cm

Calligraphy by Muhammad ibn al-Wahid

Illumination by Abu Bakr (known as Sandal), Muhammad ibn Mubadir, and Aydughdi ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Badri

Cairo AD 1304-1306

British Library Add. MS. 22406-12

* The image above is of the original seven manuscript volumes. All other images on this page are of the prototype facsimile produced as part of this case study. 

This iconic seven-volume manuscript is unique. The publication of its facsimile will be a publishing venture unlike any other. No other Qur’an equals the exceptional beauty, scope and resonance of the Baybars Qur’an.

Contact Linda or Michael Falter to discuss commissioning this facsimile.

Production of the prototype involved creating full-size facsimile-quality proofs of a selection of the manuscript’s pages complete with gold illumination and reproduction of the intricate decoration over the gold.

As the manuscript’s original binding no longer exists, a contemporary binding was identified and reproduced at full size to facsimile-quality in specially tanned, soft sheepskin with front, back and inside covers and spine hand-tooled in gold, black and blind.

Marbled endpapers were specially created to match the manuscript and its binding.

We created a full-size, single volume, facsimile-quality prototype after being approached by the British Library to find a patron to commission the production of a facsimile of their greatest Quranic treasure. The magnificent seven volume Baybars Qur’an dates from the Mamluk period (1304 – 1306)

2,188 pages written entirely in gold

Seven volumes, size 33 x 48cm

Calligraphy by Muhammad ibn al-Wahid

Illumination by Abu Bakr (known as Sandal), Muhammad ibn Mubadir, and Aydughdi ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Badri

Cairo AD 1304-1306

British Library Add. MS. 22406-12

* With the exception of the image above, all images on this page are taken from the prototype facsimile produced as part of this case study. 

Image of the facsimile reproduction demonstrating the extremely high accuracy of reproduction that can be achieved. <small><a href="https://www.facsimile-editions.com/copyright/">Facsimile image © Copyright 2021 Facsimile Editions Ltd</a></small>
Image of the facsimile reproduction demonstrating the extremely high accuracy of reproduction that can be achieved. <small><a href="https://www.facsimile-editions.com/copyright/">Facsimile image © Copyright 2021 Facsimile Editions Ltd</a></small>

This iconic manuscript is unique. The publication of its facsimile will be a publishing venture unlike any other. No other Qur’an equals the exceptional beauty, scope and resonance of the Baybars Qur’an.

Contact Linda or Michael Falter to discuss commissioning this facsimile.

Production of the prototype involved creating full-size facsimile-quality proofs of a selection of the manuscript’s pages complete with gold illumination and reproduction of the intricate decoration over the gold.

As the manuscript’s original binding no longer exists, a contemporary binding was identified and reproduced at full size to facsimile-quality in specially tanned, soft sheepskin with front, back and inside covers and spine hand-tooled in gold, black and blind.

Marbled endpapers were specially created to match the manuscript and its binding.

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