• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7751

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    6 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 204

    'ABD AL-RAHMAN BIN 'ABDULLAH AL-ASKARI AL-MASRI: AL-INTIFA' WA GHAYAT AL-IRTIFA' FI WAD' AL-MAQAYIS WA WAD' AL-ARBA' FI 'ILM AL-FALAK

    SIGNED 'ABDULLAH BIN AHMAD BIN YAHIA AL-MUQADDASI AL-HANBALI, AL AQSA MOSQUE, JERUSALEM, 19TH DHU AL-QA'DA AH 1053/29TH JANUARY 1644 AD

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    'ABD AL-RAHMAN BIN 'ABDULLAH AL-ASKARI AL-MASRI: AL-INTIFA' WA GHAYAT AL-IRTIFA' FI WAD' AL-MAQAYIS WA WAD' AL-ARBA' FI 'ILM AL-FALAK
    SIGNED 'ABDULLAH BIN AHMAD BIN YAHIA AL-MUQADDASI AL-HANBALI, AL AQSA MOSQUE, JERUSALEM, 19TH DHU AL-QA'DA AH 1053/29TH JANUARY 1644 AD
    On gnomons and quadrants, Arabic manuscript on paper, 64ff. plus 3 fly-leaves, each folio with 21ll. of black flowing naskh, titles in red, numerous diagrams and tables, catchwords, the colophon signed, dated and indicating that it was written in the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, few marginal notes, last 4ff. with tables signed and dated by the scribe, in probably original red stamped morocco with flap
    Folio 8½ x 6in. (21.4 x 15.5cm.)


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    The author, who was an imam of the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, composed the original work in 1625. This manuscript is therefore a very early copy and just possibly written within the lifetime of the author,

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