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Istanbul, Topkapı Sarayı‎ Müzesi, Ahmet III 3330‎

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

Single work: Arabic.‎ Date:

Saturday 15 Rabīʿ I 706/24 September 1306 (189v).


Tabriz; ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Maḥmūd al-Qarafī (189v).


undated note, said to be in al-Nishābūrī’s hand, stating that he corrected the copy on the basis of another one (189v); two occurrences of the talismanic invocation yā kabīkaj (IIIr, 1r); unreadable signature at the top (1r); undated tughra of the Ottoman Sultan Bayazid II (reigned 1481–1512) (1r, 189v); undated seal of endowment by Aḥmad Thālith ibn Muḥammad (1v); shelf mark hayʾat 42 3330 in pink (Ir); stamp of the Ahmet III collection with manuscript number (1r).


paper, III+189+IIa ff. (Arabic-European numerals on the upper left recto folios, catchwords, quire signatures on every tenth folio – bound in quinions). A single clear nastaʿlīq hand in black, five pieces of poetry in black or red (1v, 2r, 2v, 3r), book and chapter numbers in thuluth in black, each section starts with the word qawluh/aqūl in red, abjad notation in the text in red; ductus mostly undotted, no shaddas, no hamzas. Substantial diagrams; diagram lines in black, abjad notation and labels in diagrams in red. Two small mathematical tables with headings in red (22r, 22v). Good condition with minor moisture stains. Dimensions of the pages: 165×245 mm; written area: 115×195 mm; 33 lines per page. Original cover probably lost, rebound in a dark brown leather cover from the same period with fore-edge and envelop flap, elaborately decorated with small tools: a central round ornament on both covers and flap, filled by interlace, numerous frames surrounding the main parts of the bound and the ornaments; blind tooled decoration and title on fore-edge flap covered by a pasted slip of paper with (new?) title (added in the 19th or 20th century). Type II binding.


Astronomy. – Index: title page: an illuminated titlepiece (with Mamluk characteristics) consisting of three main elements with a central shamsa stating donation to the library of Quṭb al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī in tawqīʿ, the title at the top and the name of the author (said to be al-Shīrāzī’s student) at the bottom, both in thuluth (1r). Ptolemaica (1r-189v). Blank: Iv–II, IIIv, 123r, Iar–IIav.


Fehmi Edhem Karatay and O. Rešer, Topkapı Saraı Müzesi Kütüphanesi. Arapça yazmalar kataloğu, 4 vols, İstanbul: Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi, 1962–1969, vol. III, p. 768 (no. 7097). Not mentioned by Krause.


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ وبه نستعین. السعد قرین من صدر کلامه بالحمد لواهب السعادة والیمن رسیل من أعلق یمینه بشکر تمتري الزیادة. فأحمده علی ما أوّلانا من النعم ذات الطول والعرض. وأشکره علی أن جعلنا من الذین یتفکّرون في خلق السماوات والأرض. حمداً یلوح علی جباه الاعتراف وسومه وشکراً یشاد علی اضمحلال الدهور رسومه ⟨…⟩ ‒ \189v\ ⟨…⟩ فالتماس ذلك یکون تحصیلاً للحاصل وهو عند الحکیم باطل باطل. بل الملتمس منه تعالی تثبیت مأخوله وآتاه أدامه ما خصّصه به استثناه وأن ینعم علیه لحظة فلحظة سعادة ویسری ویجدّد له ساعة فساعة کرامة وبشری.

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

. — Title: Kitāb Sharḥ al-Majisṭī (1r) — Additional titles: Sharḥ Taḥrīr Majisṭī al-musammā bi Tafsīr al-Taḥrīr fī al-hayʾa (1r, spine). — Index: Authorʼs preface, 1v-3r; Book I (authorial colophon dated 703/1303-04), 3r-33r; Book II (authorial colophon dated Wednesday 13 Jumādā II 703/22 January 1304), 33r-48r; Book III (authorial colophon dated Saturday 1 Rajab 703/8 February 1304), 48r-66r; Book IV (authorial colophon dated Friday 14 Rajab 703/21 February 1304), 66r-75v; Book V (authorial colophon dated 5 Shaʿbān 703/13 March 1304), 75v-96r; Book VI (authorial colophon dated 21 Rabīʿ I 704/22 October 1304; the author also stated that the long interval between the compilation of the commentary on Books V and VI is because of his travel from Khurasan to Azerbaijan), 96r-122v; Book VII (undated authorial colophon), 123v-128v; Book VIII (authorial colophon dated Wednesday 3 Jumādā I 704/8 December 1304), 128v-132r; Book IX (authorial colophon dated Saturday 27 Jumādā I 704/26 December 1304), 132v-144r; Book X (undated authorial colophon dated Monday 7 Jumādā II 704/ 4 January 1305), 144v-151r; Book XI (authorial colophon dated 18 Jumādā II 704/16 January 1305), 151v-159r; Book XII (authorial colophon dated Tuesday 6 Rajab 704/2 February 1305), 159r-172v; Book XIII (authorial colophon dated Wednesday 6 Shaʿbān 704/ 5 March 1305), 173r-189v. F. 23bis is an inlaid slip of paper in the scribe’s hand with three diagrams omitted in the main text. Scribal colophon including the date of transcription (189v). Marginal corrections in the same hand as the main text indicated by ṣaḥḥa.