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    Sale 12283

    Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds

    21 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 7

    ABU AL-'ABBAS AHMAD BIN YAHYA FADLULLAH SHIHAB AL-DIN AL-'UMARI AL-'ADAWI AL-QURSHI AL-KIRMANI AL-ANSARI (D. 1348-49 AD): KITAB MASALIK AL-ABSAR FI MAMALIK AL-AMSAR

    SIGNED 'UMAR BIN AHMAD BIN 'UMAR AL-SAFADI AL-TAMIMI AL-DARI (?), MAMLUK EGYPT OR PROVINCES, DATED THURSDAY 19 DHU AL-QA'DA AH 793/18 OCTOBER 1391 AD

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    ABU AL-'ABBAS AHMAD BIN YAHYA FADLULLAH SHIHAB AL-DIN AL-'UMARI AL-'ADAWI AL-QURSHI AL-KIRMANI AL-ANSARI (D. 1348-49 AD): KITAB MASALIK AL-ABSAR FI MAMALIK AL-AMSAR
    SIGNED 'UMAR BIN AHMAD BIN 'UMAR AL-SAFADI AL-TAMIMI AL-DARI (?), MAMLUK EGYPT OR PROVINCES, DATED THURSDAY 19 DHU AL-QA'DA AH 793/18 OCTOBER 1391 AD
    Eye-Tracks in the Dominions of Great Cities, an early copy of this important encyclopaedic work on cosmography, geography, history and biography, Vol. I and II of at least 20, Arabic manuscript on good Egyptian paper, 238ff., three fly-leaves, 17ll. of black naskh, titles and important words in red, colophon signed and dated, with catchwords, occasional marginal notes, in later green morocco
    Folio 10 ½ x 7 ¼in. (26.5 x 18.5cm.)


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    The author was born in Damascus on 3 Shawwal AH 700/12 June 1301 AD, and studied in Cairo, Alexandria and the Hijaz. According to Mingana “ the author based his work on the Jami’ of Abu Muhammad ‘Abdallah bin Ahmad bin Baitar al-Maliki al-‘Ashshab (died AH 646/1248-49 AD).

    Another copy, written in Egyptian naskh and dated circa 1420, is in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, see A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, pp. 352 – 355, no. 344 [16] and C. Brockelmann, GAL, II. 141, S. I. 218, II. 175.

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