• 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 107

    'ABD AL-RAHMAN BIN MUHAMMAD BIN 'ALI BIN AHMAD AL-HANAFI AL-BASTAMI (D. AH 858/1454 AD): AL-FAWA'ID AL-MISKIYA FI AL-FAWATIH AL-MAKKIYA

    OTTOMAN TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY

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    'ABD AL-RAHMAN BIN MUHAMMAD BIN 'ALI BIN AHMAD AL-HANAFI AL-BASTAMI (D. AH 858/1454 AD): AL-FAWA'ID AL-MISKIYA FI AL-FAWATIH AL-MAKKIYA
    OTTOMAN TURKEY, 16TH CENTURY
    An early copy of an Encyclopaedia on Islamic sciences, Arabic manuscript on paper, 156ff. as numbered plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 25ll. of tight black naskh script, important words picked out in red, diagrams, catchwords, the opening bifolio with illuminated headpiece and gold and black rules, waterstaining toward the end, in contemporary gilt stamped brown morocco with fine floral medallions
    Folio 10 1/8 x 6 5/8in. (25.7 x 16.7cm.)


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    All the ownership notes on this manuscript relate to Turkish owners, one of which was a teacher at the madrasa of Ghazanfar Agha in Istanbul called 'Abd al-Rahman. A long note on the opening pages gives a biography of the author described as 'one of the theologians of the time of Sultan Bayezid bin Sultan Muhammad'. He had begun to write the text in 795 and ceased working in 844 after having written only thirty of the one hundred chapters corresponding to the same number of sciences he wished to include in this encyclopaedia (A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, No 764).

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