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    Sale 7571

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    8 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 94

    ABU 'ALI MUHAMMAD IBN AL-HASSAN IBN AL-HAYTHAM AL-BASARI: KITAB SHARH AL-MAGESTI AL-MANSUB ILLA BATLAMYUS

    IRAQ, CIRCA 14TH CENTURY

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    ABU 'ALI MUHAMMAD IBN AL-HASSAN IBN AL-HAYTHAM AL-BASARI: KITAB SHARH AL-MAGESTI AL-MANSUB ILLA BATLAMYUS
    IRAQ, CIRCA 14TH CENTURY
    A commentary on Ptolemy, Arabic manuscript on buff paper, 79ff. plus 1 fly-leaf, each folio with 16ll. of sepia naskh, catchwords, with a number of geometric diagrams in red, occasional marginal notes, some staining and repairs particularly affecting the margins, later library stamp on the opening and closing pages, some holing, in later card binding with flap
    7¼ x 5¼in. (18.5 x 13cm.)


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    Kitab sharh al-Magesti al-Mansub ila Batlamyus, 'A Commentary on Ptolemy's al-Magest was complied by Abu 'Ali Muhammad ibn al-Hassan ibn al-Haytham al-Basari, a philosopher, physician, mathematician and astrologer of the 10-11th century. He was born in Basra and worked in Baghdad. Another copy of the work is in Istanbul (T.K. 3329-2). For more information on the author and the work see B.A. Rosenfeld and E. Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians, Astronomers and other Scholars of Islamic Civilisation and their Works (7-19th century), Istanbul, 2003, no. 327, pp. 130-31.

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