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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 59

    NAJM AL-DIN ABU BAKR 'ALI BIN 'UMAR AL-KATIBI AL-QAZWINI (D. 1277 AD): HIKMAT AL-'AYN

    SIGNED MIRZA HUSAYN, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 1039/FEBRUARY-MARCH 1630 AD

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    NAJM AL-DIN ABU BAKR 'ALI BIN 'UMAR AL-KATIBI AL-QAZWINI (D. 1277 AD): HIKMAT AL-'AYN
    SIGNED MIRZA HUSAYN, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED RAJAB AH 1039/FEBRUARY-MARCH 1630 AD
    A treatise on logic, philosophy, natural sciences and mathematics, Arabic manuscript on paper, 205ff. each with 22ll. of black nasta'liq script, important words and phrases picked out in red, catchwords, occasional marginal notes, the text with a number of pen and ink illustrations of the constellation within the text, colophon signed and dated, first folio an 18th/19th century replacement, some water staining, in repaired brown morocco with central stamped medallion and pendants, paper doublures, one board loose
    Folio 9½ x 6 1/8in. (23.7 x 15.6cm.)


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    The colophon states that it was copied in the Ulugh Beg madrasa in Kara (?).

    Najm-al-Din Abu Bakr ‘Ali bin ‘Umar al-Katibi al-Qazwini was born in Qazwin. He worked in Maragha at the observatory of Nasir al-Din Tusi and was a scholar on his works and author of many others on philosophy and logic. He died in 1277 AD.

    See B.A. Rosenfeld & E. Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians, Astronomers & Other Scholars of Islamic Civilisation and their Works (7th-19th), Istanbul, 2003, pp. 221-22, no. 616. There is a copy, undated, 19th century, in the British Library, see P. Stocks & C. Baker, Subject-Guide to the Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library, London, 2001, pp. 199-200, G. There are two copies, dated 12 Rabi’ I AH 731/24 December 1330 AD and undated, 15th century, in the Chester Beatty Library, see A. Arberry, A Handlist of the Arabic Manuscripts, volumes !V & VII, 1959 & 1964, pp. 13 & 101 respectively. See Brockelmann, GAL, I, 466; S. I, 845.

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    Provenance

    The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (920); acquired Sotheby's, 18 April 1983, lot 45