Three manuscripts on astronomy (3)
Lot 13
Three treatises on astronomy: (A.) Ridwan Efendi ibn 'Abdullah Abhari al-Jani al-Falaki al-Razzaz al-Misri al-Munajjim, Al-Taqwim al-Qawim fi Usul 'ilm al-Falak wa Tahrir al-Awqat, a treatise on astronomy and timekeeping Ottoman North Africa, probably Egypt, late 17th Century(3)
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Three treatises on astronomy: (A.) Ridwan Efendi ibn 'Abdullah Abhari al-Jani al-Falaki al-Razzaz al-Misri al-Munajjim, Al-Taqwim al-Qawim fi Usul 'ilm al-Falak wa Tahrir al-Awqat, a treatise on astronomy and timekeeping Ottoman North Africa, probably Egypt, late 17th Century(3) Three manuscripts on astronomy (3)
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Three treatises on astronomy: (A.) Ridwan Efendi ibn 'Abdullah Abhari al-Jani al-Falaki al-Razzaz al-Misri al-Munajjim, Al-Taqwim al-Qawim fi Usul 'ilm al-Falak wa Tahrir al-Awqat, a treatise on astronomy and timekeeping
Ottoman North Africa, probably Egypt, late 17th Century
Arabic manuscript on paper, 16 leaves, 33 lines to the page written in clear naskhi script in black ink, most of text incorporated into tables, significant words and sentences picked out in red, green and yellow, red dots between sentences, interlinear rules in red, inner margins ruled in red, catchwords, badly waterstained, edges frayed, yellow paper boards, worn and stained, 310 x 208 mm.; (B.) Abu 'Abdullah (Zayd) Muhammad ibn Sa'id ibn Ya'qub ibn Ahmad al-Susi al-Marghithi, Kitab al-Muqni'-Sharh Qasidat Abi Muqri' fi 'ilm al-Falak wa Dawaran al-Kawakib al-Mutaharrikah, a treatise on astronomy, copied by 'Ali bin al-Hasan bin Qasim al-Wadawi, North Africa, dated Tuesday 27th Dhu'l Qa'da 1122/17th January 1711, Arabic manuscript on paper, 29 leaves, 26 lines to the page written in small maghribi script in brown ink, significant words, numbers and sentences picked out in red or green, some diagrams, occasional commentaries written in outer borders at a later date, corners rather thumbed, some waterstaining, later modern brown morocco with stamped central medallions, 205 x 150 mm.; (C.) Shams-ad-Din Muhammad bin Ahmad al-Khudri, al-Takmilah al-Mubsirah fi Sharh-i al-Tazkarah, a treatise on astronomy, Persia, 17th Century, Arabic manuscript on paper, 204 leaves, 20 lines to the page written in naskhi script in black ink, significant sentences underlined in red, catchwords, numerous diagrams outlined in red, occasional commentaries in wide outer borders, colophon written in a different hand gives the date 10th Safar 970/9th October 1562, waterstaining affecting small areas of text, some crude repairs, a few wormholes, brown morocco with blind-tooled decoration, worn and faded
256 x 147 mm.(3)

Footnotes

  • The author of manuscript (A), Ridwan Efendi ibn 'Abdullah Abhari al-Jani al-Falaki al-Razzaz al-Misri al-Munajjim (d. 1711), was an Ottoman astronomer and astrologer who worked in Egypt. The preface mentions Sultan Mustafa II (reg. 1695-1703) and the date AH 1109/AD 1697-98, which is probably the year in which the work was composed and dedicated to the Sultan.

    The author of manuscript (B), Abu 'Abdullah (Zayd) Muhammad ibn Sa'id ibn Ya'qub ibn Ahmad al-Susi al-Marghithi (1598-1678), was from Sus and was the imam of a mosque in Marrakesh. (See Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, II, 615). This manuscript was copied in 1711, only thirty-three years after the death of the author, thus making it an early copy of the work.
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