The Tablet of Visitation
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The Tablet of Visitation

A Brief History
On May 29, 1892, the earthly life of Bahá'u'lláh, the latest Manifestation of God and the Founder of the Bahá'í Faith came to an end. The news of His ascension was promptly communicated to the Ottoman ruler, Sultan Abdu'l-Hamid, in a telegram which began with the words: "The Sun of Bahá has set." Soon after this calamitous event, His eldest son and appointed successor, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, instructed the preeminent Nabil-i-Azam, the indomitable chronicler of the Babi and Bahá'í history and one of the Apostles of Bahá'u'lláh, to select from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh those passages he deemed appropriate to constitute the Tablet of Visitation. Nabil accomplished this task with his usual devotion and ardor, but remained inconsolable after the ascension of his Lord. A few months thence, he took his own life. The Tablet of Visitation is usually recited in the sacred Shrines of Bahá'u'lláh and the Báb, and throughout the world on the anniversary of their ascensions.

This Special Limited Edition
Using the arts of calligraphy and illumination, and selecting as a text the Tablet of Visitation recited for the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh, this magnificent book uses a writing style loved by the Twin Manifestations, and a style of illumination associated with the Qájár period.

Ziyárat Námih/The Tablet of Visitation is an unparalleled publication, even among deluxe editions. The quality of materials used far exceeds contemporary standards for any such publications produced in the last 100 years. There has yet to be produced any book on a Bahá'í topic or by a Bahá'í publisher that comes remotely close to the standard of quality of materials and publishing that this book sets. This was the vision of the two scribes producing the book in commemoration of the centenary of the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, "The Holy Year." There is not a single letter of type used in or on the entire book; absolutely everything is handwritten in exquisite calligraphy, either Arabic or English. The illuminated pages are printed with a high quality "gold dusting" process. From the gold-stamped, full-leather covers to the detailed illuminated pages of text, extraordinary attention to detail was given by Mr. Bijan Ferdowsi, project manager, at every step of the printing, binding, and stamping of this unprecedented publication.

With an initial printing of only 1,000 books, it was launched in the Holy Year 1992 as a labor of love to help fund Bahá'í projects, and took two years to complete. Presented both in Arabic and English, it is exquisitely illuminated and has won multiple awards honoring excellence in print.

Rare book dealers have reportedly valued this collector's item at $1,500. The remaining stock is being offered at production cost, substantially below the original price, from this site while the limited quantities last.

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An example of the pages in English and Arabic