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Folios from four manuscripts on scientific subjects [‎9r] (21/28)

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. [without binding]; ff. 10+ii. It was created in 17th-19th century. It was written in Arabic, Persian and Farsi. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Collection of unbound folios comprising four codicological units.


(1) Abū al-Barakāt al-Baghdādī (أبو البركات البغدادي), Risālah fī sabab ẓuhūr al-kawākib laylan wa-khafā’ihā nahāran (رسالة في سبب ظهور الكواكب ليلًا وخفائها نهارًا; ff. 1v-3v);

(2) al-Ṭūsī (الطوسي), Treatise on heat (ff. 4v-7r);

(3) al-‘Āmilī (العاملي), Khulāṣat al-ḥisāb (خلاصة الحساب; f. 10v).

The first two texts in this manuscript (ff. 1-7) form a single codicological unit, and previously were part (probably a single quire Collection of papers folded in half and stitched together to form a gathering of folios. ) of a larger collection as indicated by the Persian labels written before each text: 'Third treatise, three folios' (رساله سوم سه 3 ورق, f. 1r) and 'Fourth treatise, four folios' (رساله چهارم چهار 4 ورق, f. 4r).

Folios 8-10 form a second codicological unit. Folios 8r-10r appear to be the front flyleaves of the volume of which f. 10v is the first page of text, and they (ff. 8r-10r) contain assorted notes in Arabic and Persian with diagrams.

Unfoliated leaves i and ii came from a further two volumes, and contain notes in Arabic and Persian. Unfoliated leaf i-v contains what appears to be the fragmentary beginning of a text, while unfoliated leaf ii-r contains the fragmentary ending of another.

This entire collection of unbound folios was wrapped in a single printed quarto sheet with the title 'Act No. XIV. Of 1850. Passed by the Governor General of India in Council on the 22nd March, 1850' (Calcutta: Bengal Military Orphan Press, 1850).

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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. [without binding]; ff. 10+ii
Physical characteristics

Material: Eastern laid paper

Dimensions: 230 x 145 mm leaf [150 x 80 mm written] (ff. 1-7) / 220 x 135 mm leaf [130 x 80 mm written (f. 10v)] (ff. 8-10) / 203 x 130 leaf [143 x 100 written (i-v)] (i) / 230 x 123 mm leaf [150 x 50 written (ii-r)] (ii)

Foliation: Eastern Arabic foliation in black ink (each text foliated separately); 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. Library foliation stamped in black ink

Ruling: No ruling visible; 17 lines per page; vertical spacing 12 lines per 10 cm (ff. 1-7) / vertical spacing 7 lines per 10 cm (f. 10v) / vertical spacing 10 lines per 10 cm (i-v) / vertical spacing 12 lines per 10 cm [extrapolated] (ii-r)

Script: Naskh

Ink: Black

Binding: None

Condition: Insect damage; binding and all stitching lost; of the main folios, ff. 6-5 and 8-9 are the only intact bifolia. Many historic repairs removed during conservation now stored separately with volume

Marginalia: On flyleaves only (i.e. ff. 8r, 8v, 9r, 9v, 10r, i-r, ii-r and ii-v)

Seals: ff. 1r, 7v, 8r, flyleaf i-r

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Arabic, Persian and Farsi in Arabic script
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