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Los Angeles, UCLA, Caro Minasian 39

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

Single work: Arabic. Date:

Friday 12 Shawwāl ⟨1⟩113/10 March 1702 (475).


unknown, probably Persian; unknown scribe.


a statement of ownership by Ibn Muḥammad Muḥsin al-Shīrāzī next to an octagonal seal (p. 3); an undated statement by Mullā Jaʿfar shaykh al-Islām (p. 1), maybe Mullā Muḥammad Jaʿfar al-Lāhījānī; bequest statement dated 15 Rabīʿ al-awwal 1249/2 August 1833 by Mullā Muḥammad Jaʿfar al-Lāhījānī (or al-Lāhījī) (d. 1251/1835) –the celebrated commentator of Mullā Ṣadrā’s Kitāb al-Mashāʿir– to the students of the late Mīrzā Bāqir al-Nawwāb al-Lāhījānī (or al-Lāhījī), later al-Iṣfahānī (d. 1240/1824-5) –the author of a Persian commentary of the Nahj al-balāgha among other works–, so that the present manuscript would be added to the collection of the pious foundation (waqf) created with the books of Muḥammad Bāqir al-Majlisī (d. 1110/1699), thus in Isfahan (p. 3); a seal linked to the previous bequest statement containing the name Muḥammad Bāqir (p. 3); erased statements and seals (pp. 1, 3, 475); seal ‘Dr. Caro Minasian 1935, Isfahan’ (pp. 1, 4, 266, 278, 316, 381, 475).


paper, 478 pp. (centered top pagination in Hindu-Arabic numerals; catchwords on lower left verso folios). A single clear nataʿlīq hand in black; ductus consistently dotted; book headings in nataʿlīq in red; chapter headings in red introduced by the term faṣl; text quoted from Ṭūsī’s Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī introduced with formulaic qawlu-hu in red; text by Nīsābūrī introduced by formulaic aqūlu in red; numerals in abjad notation in black not consistently overlined; no shaddas or vowels; substantial hamzas except on initial alifs. Substantial diagrams; diagram lines in black; abjad notation in diagrams in red; diagram labels mostly in red; few tables; table lines in black; table headings in red and black; abjad notation in tables in red and black. Dimensions: 260x160 mm; written area: 180x81 mm; 25 lines per page. Almost no moisture stains. Cover in brown leather over paper pasteboards; frame with fillets. Type II binding.


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (4-475). Blanks: 2, 476-8.


M.T. Dāneš-Pažowh, Fehrest-e nošḵa-hā-ye ḵaṭṭi, defter 11 and 12, Tehran: Entešārāt-e Dānešgāh-e Tehrān, 1362 Sh., 175.


\4\ السعد قرين من صدر كـلامه بالحمد لواهب السعادة واليمن رسيل من أغلق يمينه بشكر يمتري الزيادة فأحمده على ما أولانا من النعم ذات الطول والعرض وأشكره على أن جعلنا من الذين يتفكرون في خلق السموات والأرض حمدا يلوح على حباه الاعتراف وسومه — \475\ وهو عند الحكم باطل باطل بل الملتمس منه تعالى تثبت ما خوله وآتاه وإدامة ما خصه به واستثناه وأن ينعم عليه لحظه فلحظه سعادة ويسرى ويجدّد له ساعة فساعة كرامة وبشرى ويرحم الله عبدا قال أمينًا والحمد لله رب العالمين.

= Niẓām al-Dīn al-Ḥasan al-Nīsābūrī, Tafsīr Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1305)

. — Title: Sharḥ-e Taḥrir-e Majesṭi (p. 1, already transliterated in the manuscript). — Index: author’s preface, 4-8; Book I, 8-91; Book II, 91-130; Book III, 130-186; Book IV, 186-201; Book V, 201-254; Book VI, 254-318; Book VII, 318-330; Book VIII, 330-340; Book IX, 340-368; Book X, 368-382; Book XI, 382-400; Book XII, 400-435; Book XIII, 435-475. — Dated authorial colophons at the end of books. Dated scribal colophon. Minor marginal corrections in the scribe’s hand indicated by sigla ṣḥ; few glosses in a different hand, some written in red (pp. 25, 133, 153, 177).