12 October 1999
'Abd al-Rahman ibn Muhammad ibn 'Ali al-Bastami (d. AH 858/1454 AD): Al-hadiqah al-zahirah wa al-haqiqah al-bahirah and Durrah min zahrah bial-ghara'ib wa min bahr futuhat bilaja'b
North Africa AH Jumada II 820 and Jumada I 852/16 July-13 Aug. 1417 and 3-31 July 1448
Talismans, Arabic manuscript on ivory paper, 105ff. with 27ll. of black maghribi, some words in red, many diagrams, small number of folios added or replaced, colophons signed by the author and dated Jumada II 820 and by 'Isa ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad and dated Jumada I 852, generally clean condition, in contemporary brown morocco binding with stamped medallion
Folio 8 x 5in. (20.5 x 14.5cm.)
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The subject matter is 'Ilm al-huruf, the mystical secrets of the Arabic alphabet and their use as talismans.
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