216 / calligraphy

These were all in a marvellous Istanbul museum where photos were allowed; 
there were few signs I could read, so I trust its not
offending anyone to show them. 
Each is the most wonderful

possibly most would be a group effort, with paper makers, binders,
calligraphy, painters, gilders, marbellers etc

even without understanding a word, its possible to recognise a certain hand,
or time/script

& to enjoy the pleasure they found
in their work

also how all these books were so carefully preserved

& valued to this day for their beauty

some covers were tooled leather 

I was there for days, not ideal lighting, yet they
must have been painted by candlelight, sometimes. 
(more coming)
a good site for history of Istanbul & all over Turkey