• 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 32

    NASIR AL-DIN TUSI (D. AH 672/1274 AD): MUKHTASAR DAR MAR'IFAT-E TAQWIM

    SIGNED VAHID BEYHAQI, BAHRABAD, DATED AH 740/1339-40 AD

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    NASIR AL-DIN TUSI (D. AH 672/1274 AD): MUKHTASAR DAR MAR'IFAT-E TAQWIM
    SIGNED VAHID BEYHAQI, BAHRABAD, DATED AH 740/1339-40 AD
    On astronomy, Persian manuscript on paper, 9ff.,each folio with 26ll. of sepia naskh, titles in larger naskh, important words and phrases in red, some words highlighted and underlined in red, one table, copious marginal notes, colophon signed and dated in the margin Rajab 740, in modern card boards, minor staining
    Folio 9 3/8 x 6 1/8in. (23.7 x 15.5cm.) (2)


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    This manuscript can be identified as an abridgment of Ma'rifat al-Taqwim, a work in thirty chapters on literal numeration, calendars and astrological problems, or as Mukhtasar fi 'ilm al-tanjim wa ma'rifat al-taqwim, a concise book on the science of astrology and knowledge of the calendar, both of them by Nasir al-Din Tusi (Boris A. Rosenfeld, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians, astronomers, and other scholars of Islamic civilization and their works, IRCICA, Istanbul, 2003, A16-17).

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