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Tehran, Kitābkhāna wa-mūza-yi millī-yi Malik, 3390

[Colour scanned images of the body text, covers and binding.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

Sunday 15 Dhū l-ḥijja 905/12 July 1500 (colophon, p. 292).


unknown; copied by Sayyidī Aḥmad ibn Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn ibn Sayyidī Aḥmad al-Murshidī al-Qurashī (p. 292).


a statement of ownership dated Rabīʿ II 1122/ June 1710, but with the name of the owner apparently erased (p. III); a statement of ownership by Muḥammad Bāqir ibn Muḥammad Ḥusayn al-Quhpāyī al-Isfahānī dated 12 Ṣafar 1125/10 March 1713 with two copies of an oval seal, both erased (p. III); undated statement of ownership by ʿAbd al-Karīm ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad al-Tabrīzī (p. Ia); undated tughra of ʿAbd al-Karīm al-Tabrīzī (pastedown, pp. III, Ia); undated oval seal of ʿAbd al-Karīm (pp. III, 99, 292, Ia); undated oval seal of Muḥammad Ḥusayn (pp. 17, 199); unreadable square seal (p. III); invocations and conjurations (p. Ia, traces on the right edge of p. III); a Persian rubāʿī (quatrain) said to be by Avicenna (p. III); a stamp of the Adabīyya Library in Tabriz dated 1310 H.S./1931-32 (p. I); a stamp of the Malik Library with the current shelf mark, dated 17 Farvardīn 1331/6 April 1952 (p. III).


paper, III+292+IIIa pp. (paginated with Hindu-Arabic numerals in pencil in the upper right corner of odd pages (i.e., verso folios); catchwords). A single clear naskh hand in black. Book numbers (followed by the corresponding numbers of chapters and figures) in black and/or red, chapter numbers in overlined abjad notation in black or red, chapter titles rubricated, numbers of chapter subdivisions indicated in the outer margin in abjad notation in red; the main subject of sections incidentally indicated in the top outer margin. Fully dotted ductus, no shaddas, regular final hamzas. Substantial diagrams; diagram lines and letters in black or red, no labels. Substantial tables, table lines in red, table headings and abjad notation in black or red. Manuscript in good condition with some moisture stains not affecting the readability of the text; pages III, 1, 2, 3, 290, 291, 292 pasted. Dimensions: 162×254 mm (Dānishpazhūh and Afshār); 21 lines per page. Brown leather cover with central mandorla and a mandorla on the flap. Type II binding.


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1-292). Blank: pp. II, IIa, IIIa.


Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh and Īraj Afshār, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Malik wābasta bi Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, vol. I: Kitābhā-yi ʿarabī wa turkī, Tehran: Astān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, 1972 (1361 H.S.), pp. 114-15; FankhāMuṣṭafā Dirāyatī, Fihristgān-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Īrān (Fankhā)‎, 45 vols, Tehran: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of The Islamic Consultative Assembly, 20 2011, vol. VII, p. 213 (no. 17); Mª José Parra, ‘A List of Arabic Manuscripts of Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī’, Suhayl 16–17 (2018–2019), pp. 251–322, here p. 296 (no. 101); Agha Bozorg database:

pp. 1‑292

\p. 1\ ⟨…⟩ وبعد فقد کنت برهة من الزمان عازمًا علی أن أحرّر لنفسي ولسائر طلبة العلم من الإخوان کتاب المجسطي المنسوب إلی بطلمیوس القلوذيّ الذي هو الدستور العظیم لأصحاب صناعة الهیئة والتنجیم تحريرًا لا یفوته مقاصد ذلك الکتاب النظریّة ومناهجه العملیّة ⟨…⟩ — \p. 292\ ⟨…⟩  في خاتمة الکتاب: قال وإذا تمّمنا جمیع ما یفتقر إلی إرشاده من وجود ما یحتاج إلی وجوده وتصحیح ما یحتاج إلی تصحیحه إلّا الشاذّ بحسب ما وصل إلیه علمي ومبلغ رأیي وبقدر ما أعان البرهان علیه ودوّنّا ما هو نافع في هذا العلم من غیر أن قصدنا بذلك تکبّرًا أو افتخارًا فلنختم الکتاب وأقول وإذ وفّقني الله سبحانه وتعالی أیضًا لإتمام ما قصدته وإیجاز ما وعدته.

= Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1250). — No title — Index: author’s preface, pp. 1-2; Book I, pp. 2-35; II, pp. 35-66; III, pp. 66-89; IV, pp. 89-118; V, pp. 118-150; VI, pp. 150-175; VII, pp. 175-190; VIII, pp. 190-209; IX, pp. 209-239; X, pp. 239-247; XI, pp. 247-261; XII, pp. 262-273; XIII, pp. 274-292. — Undated authorial colophon at the end of every book; dated scribal colophon (p. 292). Occasional glosses in a hand different from the main text; marginal notes and corrections in the scribe’s hand indicated with sigla , l and .