An abridged copy of a history of several Arab dynasties, ending with the Almohads. This volume contains three partial chapters: the end of an abridgement of chapter 1, chapter 2, and the beginning of chapter 3. The text begins and ends abruptly. Chapter 2 (f. 47v-90r) is about the Prophet Muhammad. Chapter 3 starts with the first four Caliphs, continues through the Umayyads (f. 103r-120v), tours briefly through the Abbasid rulers (f. 120v-142v), mentions the Fatimids (f. 143v), then follows up with brief accounts of the Almohad rulers through al-Ḥasan al-Saʻīd ibn Yaʻqūb al-Manṣūr (d. 646 A.H = 1249).
Working notes of an alchemist, who signs himself as the compiler and composer of the manuscript (f. 127v). Lacking at least one leaf at the beginning, if not more (early pagination begins at 2, f. 1r), with repairs on extant first and last leaves. Includes a commentary on an unknown text and references to the concept of balance found in the work of 8th-century alchemist Jābir ibn Ḥayyān and to Pythagoras. Many marginal notes.
A collection of anonymous astrological and magical treatises. Also bound together with this manuscript is a lithographed copy of Kitāb fī al-tamām wa-al-kamāl by Abū Maʻshar. This book is in two parts, the first dealing with horoscopes of men and their signs the second with women. Each part has 12 sections.
A wedding invitation to celebrate the marriage of Aḥmad ʻAlī Khān Bahādur addressed to Dr. George Ranken of the East India Company and his wife Lady Agnes Allan Ranken. The invitation is on red paper, written in Persian, and the script in painted gold leaf. Accompanied by an envelope with a personal stamp of the sender addressed to Dr. Ranken.
One of two known manuscripts of the Arabic original of the Book on the configuration of the orb, otherwise known through its use by Maimonides and through Latin translations, which are often attributed to the Abbasid court astrologer Māshāʼallāh. 14th-century copy of a 10th-century cosmological treatise with discussion of the theory of the four elements, meterology, geology, and astronomy, with the material on natural philosophy presented from an Aristotelian perspective. Manuscript is incomplete (25 chapters and parts of 4 additional chapters out of 39 in the complete work) and misbound; the correct order of pages is: p. 21–23, 1–2, 27–30, 23–26, 35–48, 11–12, 9–10, 13–14, 17–19, 7–8, 3–6, 15–16, 19–20, 31–34, and 49–50 (Taro Mimura).
Books II (materia medica), III (diseases arranged by part of the body), IV (diseases not specific to particular organs), and V (compound drugs, ointments, and electuaries) of Avicenna's medical encyclopedia. Some marginal notes, beginning in Book III, with more toward the end of the volume; 2 notes in Arabic laid in following f. 144 and f. 275; the last five leaves copied in a second hand.
Books III (al-Amrāḍ al-juzʼīyah, diseases arranged by part of the body), IV (al-Amrāḍ allatī lā takhuṣṣ bi-ʻuḍwin bi-ʻaynih, diseases not specific to particular organs), and V (al-Adwiyah al-murakkabah, compound drugs, ointments, and electuaries) of Avicenna's medical encyclopedia. Extensive marginal notes on the first pages of the manuscript (f. 1v-3r), with frequent brief marginal notes in the rest of the manuscript. A somewhat later table of contents, arranged in a grid, has been added at the front of the volume (f. iii recto-xvii recto).
Collection of encrypted correspondence between the compiler and various correspondents, in approximately 150 alphabets, accompanied by transcriptions of the letters in Arabic. The compiler cites Shihāb al-Dīn al-Jindī al-ʻAlāʼī, Burhān al-Dīn al-Qudsī, and Taqī al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Jaʻfar al-Ḥusaynī as authorities for some of the alphabets. The manuscript is incomplete, lacking its beginning and end. Occasional marginal notes. Some worm damage in margins.
Collection of astronomical works by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, which include material on sunset and sunrise, the size of the earth, the moon, the distance to the moon, the distance between the sun and the planets, movement of the spheres, and eclipses. Some marginal notes in another hand, affected by trimming.