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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 87

    KITAB AL-SHAMSIYYA

    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY

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    KITAB AL-SHAMSIYYA
    SAFAVID IRAN, 16TH CENTURY
    A work on logic and philosophy, Persian manuscript on paper, 75ff., each with 19ll. black naskh script, occasional words highlighted or overlined in red, frequent marginal notes, containing several tables finely drawn in black and red, and three fine monochrome drawings, two of figures and one of a simurgh, incomplete, brown morocco binding with stamped medallion and borders, paper covered doublures
    Folio 8 x 4in. (20.4 x 10.4cm.)


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    This is possibly a work by Abu Mansur Hasan bin Nuh al-Qumri who was a scholar from Bukhara and lived under the reign of the Samanid ruler Al-Amir Mansur. Ibn Sina studied his works on medicine (Al-Zerekly, Al-A'lam, Biographical Dictionary, Beirut, 2007, vol. II, p.224). The work is dedicated to Al-Amir Al-Mansur to which it gives the secondary title of Al-Shamsiya al-Mansurya. The treatise is recorded in its original title in Katib Celebi, Kashf al-Zunun, Beirut, 2008, vol. II, p. 459. However the title was very popular and was selected by many authors so it is almost impossible to identify this manuscript.

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (577): acquired Sotheby's, 18 April 1983, lot 141 (part)