Four treatises on conic sections

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. v+201+v. It was created in 26 Dec 1834. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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A collection of four mathematical treatises on conic sections. The mansucript was completed on 26 December 1834 (see colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. to Item 4, fol. 193v, line 13).The final eight folios (ff. 194v-201v) contain diagrams omitted in their proper places in the texts.


  • (1) Clavius, Christophorus (كلاويوس الفرنجي), Proposition 8, Book 1 of the Gnomonices (الشكل الثامن من المقالة الأولى من كتاب المقاييس), and four excerpts from Clavius' Euclidis elementorum libri VI (ff. 2v-22r);
  • (2) Alhazen (Ibn al-Haytham, (ابن الهيثم, (قول للحسن بن الحسن بن الهيثم في شكل بني موسى; ff. 22v-32v);
  • (3) Ibn Sinān, Ibrāhīm (ابن سنان ,إبراهيم), Treatise on the Construction of the Three Sections (مقالة في رسم القطوع الثلثة; ff. 32v-37v);
  • (4) Apollonius of Perga (أبلونيوس), Conics (كتاب المخروطات; ff 38r-193v).
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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. v+201+v
Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 278 x 200 mm leaf [215 x 115 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil; Arabic-Indic pagination in black ink

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 13 lines per page; vertical spacing 6 lines per 10 cm

Script: Nasta‘līq

Ink: Black

Binding: British Museum binding of red leather with blind tooled decoration on covers

Condition: Excellent

Marginalia: Occasional marginal corrections in Arabic; marginal and interlinear notes in English

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Arabic in Arabic script

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Add MS 14332

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26 Dec 1834 (CE, Gregorian)
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Immediate source of acquisition

Presented by Mrs Anne Gillies Tytler, widow of John Tytler Esq. late Superintendent of the Native Medical Institution at Calcutta, 7 June 1843 (see fol. 1r)

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Finding aids

Cureton, William, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo Britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens (London: The British Museum 1846-71), Item 975, pp. 443-44

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