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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 96

    MIR 'ALI TAQI AL-MASHHADI AL-RIDAWI: AL-KITAB AL-HAWI LI AL-'ULUM AL-KHAMSA

    MUGHAL INDIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

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    MIR 'ALI TAQI AL-MASHHADI AL-RIDAWI: AL-KITAB AL-HAWI LI AL-'ULUM AL-KHAMSA
    MUGHAL INDIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
    An almanac containing the five sciences: medicine, astronomy, mathematics, magical numbers and occult science, Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 143ff. plus 5 fly-leaves, each with 17ll. black naskh and nasta'liq scripts, red markers between phrases, headings in red, words and phrases in or overlined in red, several illustrations throughout the text coloured mainly with red, black, gold and yellow, occasional tables drawn in red and black, colophon on final folio, marbled paper covered binding
    Folio 8 ½ x 6in. (21.6 x 14.5cm.)


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    The colophon of this work is dated to the 29th of Rabi' I of the 12th year of reign of 'Alamgir Padshah (Aurangzeb). This should be 1670 AD. However, the colophon also states that this date corresponds to the year 11[00] or [11]11 in the Islamic calendar. The two dates do not seem to match. This is a rare illustrated work from the Mughal period which does not seem to be recorded in any of the main reference catalogues. It may well be a compilation from various works.

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