Arabic versions of seven Greek treatises on mathematics edited by Ṭūsī, Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad طوسي، نصير الدين محمد بن محمد

IO Islamic 1249

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. viii+240+viii. It was created in Jumādá I 1198. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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First part of a collection of Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Ṭūsī's (نصير الدين محمد بن محمد الطوسي; d. 1274) editions (تحارير) of the so-called intermediate books (متوسطات), Arabic versions of ancient Greek mathematical texts and responses to them which were meant to be read after Euclid's Elements and in preparation for Ptolemy's Almagest . The second part of this collection is found in manuscript IO Islamic 923.

The script, ornamentation and binding of the volume indicate that it is part of a set comprising also manuscripts IO Islamic 923 and IO Islamic 924. Since the latter was transcribed in 1198/1784, probably for Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal from 1772 to 1785 (see front paper ii recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. ), the collation notes in this manuscript dated to the month of Jumādá I without indication of the year probably refer to 1198 (March-April 1784).

Contents:

  • (1) Euclid (أقليدس), Data (تحرير كتاب المعطيات لإقليدس; ff. 1v-35r);
  • (2) Euclid (أقليدس), Optica (تحرير المناظر لإقليدس; ff. 36v-56r);
  • (3) Euclid (أقليدس), Phenomena (كتاب ظاهرات الفلك لأقليدس; ff. 57v-86r);
  • (4) Autolycus (أوطولوقس), De ortibus et occasibus (كتاب أوطولوقس في الطلوع والغروب; ff. 87v-110r);
  • (5) Hypsicles (إبسقلاوس), Anaphoricus (كتاب في المطالع; ff. 111v-116r);
  • (6) Archimedes (أرشميدس), De sphaera et cylindro (كتاب الكرة والأسطوانة; ff. 118v-231v);
  • (7) Archimedes (أرشميدس), Dimensio circuli (مقالة أرشميدس في تكسير الدائرة; ff. 231v-238r).
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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. viii+240+viii
Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 209 x 120 mm leaf [130 x 58 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 12 lines per page; vertical spacing 9 lines per 10 cm

Script: Nasta‘līq

Ink: Black ink, with rubricated headings and overlinings in red

Decoration: Every opening and every page has a border in gold, black and red ink; the first opening (ff. 1v-2r) is extensively illuminated in gold, red, green and blue

Binding: Hybrid binding with European and Islamic-style features; gilt tooled; leather doublure

Condition: Excellent condition; book block re-sewn, boards reattached and spine replaced

Marginalia: Very few and all appear to be by copyist

Seals: Ff. vii recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. and 237v

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Arabic in Arabic script
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Manuscript

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British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
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Unrestricted

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IO Islamic 1249

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Date(s)
Jumādá I 1198 (AH, Hijri qamari)
Context of creation

India

Immediate source of acquisition

East India Company Library

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Loth, Otto, A Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Library of the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. (London : Printed by order of the Secretary of State for India in Council, 1877), Item 743, pp. 216-17

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Arabic versions of seven Greek treatises on mathematics edited by Ṭūsī, Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad طوسي، نصير الدين محمد بن محمد, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, IO Islamic 1249, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100022536511.0x000001> [accessed 25 July 2017]

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