Qansouh al-Ghury Manuscript - Egypt Today
CAIRO - 23 October 2018: The auction sale of an ancient manuscript once owned by Qansouh al-Ghury, the last ruler of the Mamluks before the Ottoman invasion of Egypt, will take place on Oct. 25.
The auction is set to take place in Sotheby’s house in London, for an estimated value of £7-10,000.
The Egyptian National Library and Archives is still trying to stop the sale of the manuscript through corresponding with Sotheby House in London, because this manuscript has been recorded in the archive of the Egyptian Book House since 1884.
It is worth noting that the manuscript last appeared in the archives of the Egyptian Book House during the end of the 19th century, specifically in 1892.
Interestingly, this auction, titled “The Arts of the Islamic World”, also includes an Egyptian manuscript from the era of the Mamluk rule in the late 14th and early 15th centuries titled “Al-Samad Family”, valued for an estimate of £6-8,000.
Al-Samad Manuscript - Egypt today
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