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THREE TREATISES ON ASTROLABES, including the earliest copy of al-Amuli's Panjah bab-I Sultani , signed 'Abd al-Haqq Mubarak bin Hasan bin Mubarakshah bin 'Ali', (Timurid), Herat, Afghanistan, 3 Sunday Dhu al-Qa'da AH 860 / 3 October 1456 AD.
THREE TREATISES ON ASTROLABES, including the earliest copy of al-Amuli's Panjah bab-I Sultani , signed 'Abd al-Haqq Mubarak bin Hasan bin Mubarakshah bin 'Ali', (Timurid), Herat, Afghanistan, 3 Sunday Dhu al-Qa'da AH 860 / 3 October 1456 AD. Three treatises on astrolabes bound together, including a commentary on a work by Nasir al-Din Tusi and the Panjah bab-I Sultani of Rukn bin Sharaf al-Din al-Husayni al-Amuli, black cursive script, 13-17 lines to the page, titles and important phrases picked out in red, copious marginal notes, with catchwords, occasional tables and diagrams including two of astrolabes, in two hands, multiple dates between AH 858 and 860. In Persian, c.166 leaves, folio (182 x 133mm), (gatherings loose within binding, some staining and tattering to edges of leaves). Plain red morocco, modern slip case. Provenance: The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (no. 714; no. 1038) The second treatise in this manuscript is after a work by Nasir al-Din Tusi titled Kitab bist bas dar ma’rifat asturlab, the Commentary on the Twenty Chapters on the making of the astrolabe . The colophon is dated AH 858 and states that the work was completed by its author on Friday 25 Rabi’ I AH 817 and that it was checked (against the original copy?) by ‘Abd al-Haqq bin Hasan on Friday 20 Rabi’ I AH 860 at the Madrasa Shahrukhiya in Herat, and a second time on 15 Jumada II AH 860. According to the colophon, the third and last treatise was copied from the author’s copy by ‘Abd al-Haqq Mubarak bin Hasan bin Mubarakshah bin ‘Ali' and is dated Sunday 3 Dhu al-Qa’da AH 860. It was copied in the Madrasa Shahrukhiya in Herat. The marginal notes on the final folio indicates that this copy was read to its author, Rukn bin Sharaf al-Din al-Husayni al-Amuli in Herat on Wednesday of the beginning of Ramadan AH 860. Another reading note gives the date of Friday 7 Rabi’ II AH 860 in Herat.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: The Giancarlo Beltrame Library of Scientific Books, Part II
Date of the auction: 30 Nov 2016
Address: Christie's
London