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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84

    KAMAL AL-DIN ABU SALIM MUHAMMAD BIN TALHA AL-QURASHI AL-'ADAWI AL-RASIBI AL-HALABI (D. 1254 AD): KITAB DURR AL-MUNAZZAM FI AL-SIRR AL-A'ZAM

    MAMLUK EGYPT OR OTTOMAN ANATOLIA, FIRST PAGE DATED MONDAY 13 SHA'BAN AH 839/2 MARCH 1436 AD

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    KAMAL AL-DIN ABU SALIM MUHAMMAD BIN TALHA AL-QURASHI AL-'ADAWI AL-RASIBI AL-HALABI (D. 1254 AD): KITAB DURR AL-MUNAZZAM FI AL-SIRR AL-A'ZAM
    MAMLUK EGYPT OR OTTOMAN ANATOLIA, FIRST PAGE DATED MONDAY 13 SHA'BAN AH 839/2 MARCH 1436 AD
    Two treatises bound together, including the interpretation of a magical tablet stated to have been revealed to 'Ali bin Abi Talib, also called Miftah al-Jafr al-Jami', on occult sciences and foretelling the future, Arabic manuscript on paper, 45ff., each with red, green, yellow and black naskh script in various sizes, most folios with tables or diagrams in red and black, red ruled margins and divisions, marbled paper covered binding, yellow paper coved doublures
    Folio 10 ¼ x 7 1/8in. (26.3 x 18.2cm.)


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    The beginning of this manuscript contains an astronomical treatise on the seven planets, Kitab al-Ikhtiyarat ‘ala ma dalat ‘alayhi al-kawakib al-saba’ whose author remains anonymous. It is not recorded in any of the main reference listings.

    The second treatise in this manuscript appears to contain diagrams identical to those of an early 15th century Mamluk treatise on divination, Kitab durr al-munazzam fi al-sirr al-a'zam which sold at Christie's, King Street, 13 April 2010, lot 63. Another copy sold at Christie's, King Street, 16 October 2001, lot 36. See also GAL, I, p. 463, SI, p. 838-9.

    Kitab durr al-munazzam is a treatise on the interpretation of a magical tablet stated to have been revealed to 'Ali bin Abi Talib, also called Miftah al-Jafr al-Jami'. It is on occult sciences and foretelling the future. The author, Kamal al-Din Muhammad bin Talha bin Muhammad bin al-Hasan, Abu Salim al-Nasibi was originally from Nusaybin, Syria. He settled in Damascus and died in Aleppo in 1254 AD. The present work is recorded amongst others in Al-Zerekly, Al-A'lam, Biographical Dictionary, vol. 6, p.175.

    An ownership note on the last folio with circular diagrams gives the date of AH 870/1466-67 AD.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, 10 October 1988, lot 202