Posted 2 years ago
I found this miniature book in my mom's pile of "see if anybody wants these things":
My research found this:
Rare vintage miniature Koran, preserved in its original custom-fitted, decorated metal case. Distributed by Air France in the early 1960s to commemorate the opening of the Paris to Jeddah, Saudia Arabia line and offered to muslim passengers making the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city of Islam and birthplace of Prophet Muhammad, for "the Hajj." Green leather binding with an overall gilt decoration on the cover, spine and back. All edges gilt. Arabic text throughout. The case features a highly elaborate engraved arabesque decoration on the cover and back and has a keychain / keyring attachment. The little book fits perfectly inside the case's recessed interior compartment, which is stamped "offert par Air France." An attractive and rare tiny religious book produced in very limited numbers.
Size: 7/8" x 3/4", unpaginated, ca. 1964