Collection of works on astronomy and astronomical instruments in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish copied in the same hand and bound together; the Turkish work (3) is missing the first leaf; f. 84v-98v are all excerpts from (naqala min) the same book with no attribution, Miṣbāḥ al-ẓalām.
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.
Contents: Isaac ben Joseph Israeli, Yesod Olam (ff. 1r-194r, 199, 203r-217v). Extracts on astronomy and mathematics (ff. 194v-198v, 200r-202v, 234r-236v). Iṣḥak ben Shlomo Al-Aḥdab, Notes on the calendar (f. 218). Isaac ben Elijah ben Aaron ha-Kohen of Syracuse, Treatise on the calendar (ff. 219v-221v). Astronomical tables for 1384 (ff. 222r-233v).
Collection of three astronomical commentaries from the 14th and 15th centuries.A bibliographical note in English appears on f. 1r, and ff. 2r-3r contain astronomical notes and diagrams.A number of related notes on scraps of paper have been bound into the volume.Contents:(1) al-Jurjānī, ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad (الجرجاني، علي بن محمد),
Sharḥ al-Mulakhkhaṣ fī al-hayʾah(شرح الملخص في الهيئة) (ff. 4v-52r);(2) al-Turkmānī, Kamāl al-Dīn (التركماني، كمال الدين),
Sharḥ al-Mulakhkhaṣ fī al-hayʾah(شرح الملخص في الهيئة) (ff. 53v-109r);(3) al-Nīsābūrī, al-Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad (النيسابوري، الحسن بن محمد),
Tawḍīḥ al-Tadhkirah al-Nāṣirīyah(توضيح التذكرة الناصرية) (ff. 110v-364v).
Codex; ff. ii+364+iii
Material: PaperDimensions: 215 x 125 mm leaf [157 x 85 mm written]Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencilRuling:
Misṭarah; 27 lines per page; vertical spacing 18 lines per 10 cmScript:
Nasta‘līqInk: Black ink, with rubricated headings and overlinings in redDecoration: Mandorla of blue and gold ink containing inscription in gold (erased) on red field (f. 4r); opening illuminated in blue and gold (ff. 4v-5r);Binding: Red leather binding with blind tooled medallion and pendants, and two borders of two fillets each, containing starsCondition: Minor waterstains to upper outer corner, some foxingMarginalia: Many by various handsSeals: ff. 4r and 110r.
Contains tables and diagrams of the markings on astronomical instruments.
Text rubricated; marginal notes in hand of copyist and others.
"Said by the dealer from whom it was purchased to be a rare work on astronomical instruments by Abū Jaʻfar Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad ibn al-Ḥasan, al-Ṭūsī, 587/1201-672/1274. No such treatise by Naṣīr al-Dīn is listed among his works by Suter or Brockelmann, and the author's name does not appear in this manuscript.... The beginning [is] lost ... it is apparent that many other folios have been either lost or misplaced." Cataloging by Elinor M. Husselman, 1945.
Instructions on how to make astrolabes and other astronomical manuscripts, and how to use them in astronomical observations.
Date in heading for tables on pp. [1-3]: ... rasama fī Rajab sanat 1167 [April-May 1754].
Astronomical tables made in the year 1754 for latitude 36,40⁰ (Tunis); includes tables for timekeeping on each day of the 12 months of the Gregorian calendar and a table of latitudes and longitudes for cities in North Africa, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, and Arabia.