• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 62

    QUTB AL-DIN MAHMUD BIN MAS'UD BIN MUSLIH AL-SHIRAZI (D. AH 710/1310-11 AD): TUHFAT AL-SHAHIYYA FI AL-HAY'A

    IRAN OR EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, 14TH CENTURY

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    QUTB AL-DIN MAHMUD BIN MAS'UD BIN MUSLIH AL-SHIRAZI (D. AH 710/1310-11 AD): TUHFAT AL-SHAHIYYA FI AL-HAY'A
    IRAN OR EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, 14TH CENTURY
    An early copy of The Gift to the Shah on Astronomy, on astronomy and planetary motions, Arabic manuscript on paper, 217ff., each with 21ll. of black naskh script, important words and titles picked out in red, with a number of very fine astronomical diagrams, first folio with later gold and blue rules framing the text, some marginal notes, later owners' notes and seal impressions, waterstaining, lacking binding
    Folio 7 x 5¼in. (18 x 13.4cm.)


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    The later added notes on the first folio indicate that this manuscript was in the Deccan and belonged to Muhammad Sa'id known as Mir Kalan (unidentified) who gave it to Husayn ibn Mas'ud together with other manuscripts in AH 977/1569-70 AD with his seal impression. It later belonged to Ibrahim 'Adilshah II of Bijapur with his seal impression as Ibrahim Nawras AH 987-1035/1579-1626 AD.

    Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi completed this work in 1285 in Sivas and dedicated to Taj al-Din Mu'tazz bin Tahir, the vizier of Amir-Shah Muhammad bin al-Sadr al-Sa'id (IRCICA, Mathematicians, Astronomers and other Scholars of Islamic Civilization and their works, Istanbul, 2003, 668) For further details on Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi, please see lot 61.

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