Photographic survey of Persian bindings
Persian bookbindings of the fifteenth century.
A contribution from the research seminary in Islamic art. Ann Arbor University of Michigan Press 1935
First edition, 4to (29 x 23.5 cm), pp.ix, [1, blank], 23, 22 plates, each with descriptive leaf, 13 text illustrations. University of Michigan Publications, Fine Arts, Volume I. A very good copy in original cloth, spine slightly faded. Ink ownership inscription of Margaret L. Hayes.
An important photographic survey of early Persian bookbindings, many held in Turkish state collections, by the first professor of Islamic art in the United States. Mehmet Aga-Oglu (1896-1949) was born in Russian Caucasia. After completing his degree in Islamic civilisation at the University of Moscow, he continued to study privately, at Istanbul and Berlin. In 1927, he was appointed to the Islamic Department of the National Museum in Istanbul, and in 1929, he was recruited to work at the Detroit Institute of Art. In 1933 the University of Michigan appointed him chair of the history of Islamic Art. He remained at the university until 1938.