Lot 164: A COMPENDIUM CONTAINING ASTROLOGICAL AND TALISMANIC TREATISES AND TRACTS MOSTLY BY ABU MA’SHAR AL-BALKI (D.886 AD) AND INCLUDING NUMEROUS TABLES, SIGNED BY MUFADDAL IBN HAYDAR AND MAS’UD IBN AS’AD, PERSIA, PROBABLY SHIRAZ, INJUID, DATED 747-8
October 19, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Arabic and Persian manuscript on paper, 67 leaves, approximately 30 lines to the page, written in two hands in a working naskh script in black ink, keywords picked out in red, various charts throughout, astronomical diagrams on ff.11a and 12a, ff.16b and 17a with a double-page illustration of the workings of an astrolabe, possibly illuminated later, brown morocco binding with polygonal central motif tooled with florets, rope-work border, with flap
In reasonably good overall condition, binding worn and flap ill-fitting, water stains to leaf edges, text pages generally clean, minor worm holes with associated paper repairs, smudges and stains, as viewed.
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Provenance: Owned by two people of a family of astrologers (munajjim): Buhlul ibn ‘Abdullah al-Shirazi (titled Sadr al-Din) al-Bafqi (?), and Diya’ al-Din (?) ibn Shah al-Shirazi.
Dimensions: 25.5 by 17.2cm.