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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 146

    ABU MUHAMMAD BIN 'ABDULLAH BIN 'AYYASH KNOWN AS HASSAR (FL. 12TH CENTURY): KITAB AL-BAYAN WA AL-TIDHKAR

    NORTH AFRICA, EARLY 16TH CENTURY

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    ABU MUHAMMAD BIN 'ABDULLAH BIN 'AYYASH KNOWN AS HASSAR (FL. 12TH CENTURY): KITAB AL-BAYAN WA AL-TIDHKAR
    NORTH AFRICA, EARLY 16TH CENTURY
    A rare copy of this work of al-Hassar, the Book of Demonstration and Memorization, Arabic manuscript on paper, .77ff. plus four fly-leaves, each folio with 21ll. of sepia maghribi script, titles, important words and numerals in red, some in yellow, with catchwords, later added notes to the fly-leaves, in 19th century stamped morocco binding
    Folio 7 ¾ x 5 ½in. (18.7 x 14cm.)


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    The Kitab al-bayan wa al-tadhkar (Book of demonstration and memorization) is a manual on calculation. It is listed under the author's name in Katib Celebi, Kashf al-zunun, Beirut, 2008, vol.1, p.317 (2428). It was translated into Hebrew by Musa Ibn Taybun (Moses bin Tibbon) in 1271 AD. His father, Samuel bin Tibbon was a translator of Maimonides into Hebrew. The present manuscript was originally bound with another treatise copied on the same paper with a colophon dated AH 905/1499-1500 AD (owner's correspondence). It is very likely that the present copy is also early 16th century.

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