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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 165

    A SECTION FROM A RARE COMPENDIUM OF TREATISES EDITED BY NASIR AL-DIN TUSI: MAJMU'AT AL-MUTAWASSITAT

    TIMURID IRAN, 15TH CENTURY

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    A SECTION FROM A RARE COMPENDIUM OF TREATISES EDITED BY NASIR AL-DIN TUSI: MAJMU'AT AL-MUTAWASSITAT
    TIMURID IRAN, 15TH CENTURY
    Comprising a number of scientific texts by Greek authors, translated and edited by later Arab scholars and compiled by Nasir al-Din Tusi, Arabic manuscript on paper, 127ff., each folio with 17ll. of black cursive script verging on nasta'liq script, with numerous diagrams in black and red, occasional marginal notes, with catchwords, in fine 15th century Timurid binding with tooled decoration and gilt highlights
    Folio 10 3/8 x 6 3/8in. (26.4 x 16.2cm.)


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    The Majmu'at al-mutawwasitat includes a number of rare and early translations into Arabic of both Greek and Persian works. The present copy is a section from it and comprises the following:

    f.1-4: Qusta bin Luqa's translation of Hyspicles's Peri tes ton zodion anaphoras: Kitab Isqilaus fi al-matali'
    f.4-15 : Archimedes (ca. 287-212 BC): Tahrir Kitab al-Makhudhat li Arshimidis (The Book of Lemmas of Archimedes translated by Thabit bin Qurra)
    f.15-22 : Thabit bin Qurra al-Harani al-Sabi: Tahrir Kitab al-Mufradat (The Book of Assumptions)
    f.22-51: Menelaus (c. 701-40AD): Tahrir Kitab Menelaus li al-ashkal al-Kuriyyat (The Book of Spherics of Menelaus) - Part I
    f.51-128: Menelaus (c. 701-40AD): Tahrir Kitab Menelaus li al-ashkal al-Kuriyyat (The Book of Spherics of Menelaus) - Part II

    For further discussion on these works and listings of further copies of the works please see Boris A. Rosenfeld and Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians, Astronomers, and Other Scholars of Islamic Civilization and their works (7th-19th century), Istanbul, 2003, no. 606, p. 89 and pp. 211-219).
    A similar compendium to the present dated late 17th century and later is in the John Rylands Library (A. Mingana, D.D., Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, p.538, no. 348). It, as the present copy, includes miscellaneous works edited by the great Persian mathematician Nasir al-Din Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Tusi. The present manuscript differs from the aforementioned in that it also includes works by Arab scientists including one by Thabit bin Qurra who is noted as having translated some of the Greek works.

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