• 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 71

    'ALA AL-DIN ALI-SHAH BIN MUHAMMAD BIN QASIM AL-KHWARIZMI AL-BUKHARI (1226-1300 AD): AL-UMDA AL-ILKHANIYYA

    TIMURID IRAN, 15TH CENTURY

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    'ALA AL-DIN ALI-SHAH BIN MUHAMMAD BIN QASIM AL-KHWARIZMI AL-BUKHARI (1226-1300 AD): AL-UMDA AL-ILKHANIYYA
    TIMURID IRAN, 15TH CENTURY
    A commentary on Nasir al-Din Tusi's Zij-e Ilkhani, on astronomy, Persian manuscript on paper, 35ff. as numbered plus 2 fly-leaves, each folio with 35ll. of black naskh, important words and phrases picked out in red, diagrams and tables in red and black, catchwords, some marginal commentary, five pages from the beginning and the end possibly replaced, some quires loose in binding, in marbled paper cover binding
    Folio 9¾ x 5¾in. (24.7 x 14.7cm.)


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    The author of this text, also known as 'Ala al-Munajjim al-Bukhari, was born in Khawarizm and worked in Bukhara as an astronomer. He wrote this commentary of the Zij-e Ilkhani for the Vizier Muhammad bin Sayf al-Din Ahmad bin Mubarakshah Tabrizi. Nasir al-Din Tusi's Zij al-Ilkhani was completed circa 1272 and this manuscript is therefore an early copy of 'Ala al-Munajjim al-Bukhari's commentary. See B.A. Rosenfeld and E. Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians, Astronomers and other Scholars of Islamic Civilisation and their Works (7-19th century), Istanbul, 2003, no. 687, p. 239.

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