Fī raf‘ al-ashyā’ al-thaqīlah في رفع الأشياء الثقيلة Hero of Alexandria إيرن الإسكندراني and ‘Uyūn al-ḥaqā’iq wa-īḍāḥ al-ṭarā’iq عيون الحقائق وايضاح الطرائق ‘Irāqī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad عراقي، محمد ابن أحمد

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. ii+87+iii. It was created in 17th century. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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The manuscript appears to have been copied in the seventeenth century. The colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. (f. 87v) has been deliberatedly erased, and next to it a more recent hand has written '‘Alī the scribe completed its writing on 10 Sha‘bān 1320 (تم في تأريخ عشر شهر شعبان المعظم سنة ألف وعشرين وثلاثمائة تحريره [؟] علي الكاتب)'. This date, however, is problematic since the manuscript appears to have been copied in the 17th century, while 10 Sha‘bān 1320 (= 12 November 1902) is clearly far too late to be correct. It is possible that the last line of this note was added later, and the intended date should be 10 Sha‘bān 1320 (= 18 October 1611), and this is the date written by a much later (probably ninteenth-century) hand on front paper iii. Cureton ( Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo Britannico asservantur , 1846-71, p. 620) suggests that perhaps the Calendar of the Martyrs, used by the Copts of Egypt, may be intended here for the year, but its use for the year alongside the Islamic (as opposed to the Coptic) month is odd. If the Calendar of the Martyrs were, indeed, the intended era, the date would correspond to 10 Sha‘bān 1012 (= 13 January 1604). In any event, the date offered by this note need not be taken as the actual date the manuscript was completed, since the manuscript's original colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. has been erased and replaced with this note of dubious authority.

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  • 1) Hero of Alexandria (إيرن), Fī raf‘ al-ashyā’ al-thaqīlah (في رفع الأشياء الثقيلة);
  • 2) ʻIrāqī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad (عراقي، محمد ابن أحمد), ‘Uyūn al-ḥaqā’iq wa-īḍāḥ al-ṭarā’iq (عيون الحقائق وايضاح الطرائق).
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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. ii+87+iii
Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 232 x 177 mm leaf [168 x 115 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 21 lines per page; vertical spacing 13 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh

Ink: Black ink, with rubrications and parts of some diagrams in in red

Binding: Red, full leather, Islamic-style binding, with unsupported spine

Condition: Minor stains near front and rear of book block, tear to f. 87 at head near gutter repaired

Marginalia: Marginal notes and corrections by at least four different hands

Seals: f. 3r

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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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17th century (CE, Gregorian)
Provenance

Undated seal (f. 3r)

Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased from Mrs Taylor, April 1860

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Cureton, William, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo Britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens (London: The British Museum 1846-71), Item 1337, pp. 619-20

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Fī raf‘ al-ashyā’ al-thaqīlah في رفع الأشياء الثقيلة Hero of Alexandria إيرن الإسكندراني and ‘Uyūn al-ḥaqā’iq wa-īḍāḥ al-ṭarā’iq عيون الحقائق وايضاح الطرائق ‘Irāqī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad عراقي، محمد ابن أحمد, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Add MS 23390, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100022551545.0x000001> [accessed 25 May 2019]

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