Three Mamluk treatises on horsemanship

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. vi+124+vi. It was created in 870. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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(1) Anonymous collection of lance drills (ff. 1v-10v);

(2) Fragment of anonymous treatise on the arts of the lance (ff. 11r-18v);

(3) Kitāb fī ‘ilm al-bayṭarah (كتاب في علم البيطرة; ff. 19r-123v).

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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. vi+124+vi
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Material: Eastern laid paper

Dimensions: 265 x 180 mm leaf [160 x 100 mm (ff. 1v-9v), 190 x 115 mm (f. 10r-10v), 180 x 115 mm (ff. 11r-18v), 185 x 120 mm (ff. 19r-123v) written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 11 lines per page, vertical spacing 7 lines per 10 cm (ff. 1v-9v); 9 lines per page, vertical spacing 5 lines per 10 cm (f. 10r-10v); 13 lines per page, vertical spacing 8 lines per 10 cm (ff. 11r-18v); 15 lines per page, vertical spacing 8 lines per 10 cm (ff. 19r-123v)

Script: Naskh ; the scribe of ff. 19r-123v is Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn ibn al-Majlis al-‘Ālī al-Sayfī Burdbak al-Muḥammadī Ra’s Nawbat al-Nuwab al-Ẓāhirī (محمد ناصر الدين بن المجلس العالي السيفي بردبك المحمدي رأس نوبة الـنوب [؟] الظاهري, see colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. , f. 123v)

Ink: Black ink, with rubricated headings and overlinings in red, some headings and punctuation in gold (ff. 1v-18v), some headings and overlinings in green (ff. 37r-54v)

Binding: Brown leather case binding with blind tooling

Condition: Minor soiling to lower edge corners

Marginalia: Very few

Seals: None

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Arabic in Arabic script

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British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
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Archive reference
Add MS 14056

History of this record

870 (AH, Hijri qamari)
Context of creation


Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased at the sale of the Earl of Munster's library, 6 April 1843 (lot 153)

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Finding aids

Cureton, William and Charles Rieu, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo Britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens (London: The British Museum, 1846-71), Item 1156, pp. 528-29

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Three Mamluk treatises on horsemanship, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Add MS 14056, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 April 2024]

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