Lot 14
  • 14

Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (d.1274 AD), Tahrir kitab usul al-handasah li Uqlidis (an exposition of Euclid’s ‘Elements of Geometry’), Iraq or Western Persia, late 14th/early 15th century

Estimate
6,000 - 8,000 GBP
Sold
25,000 GBP
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Description

  • Black ink on thick paper and marbled binding
  • 26 by 17.5cm.
Arabic manuscript on thick polished cream paper, 150 leaves plus 2 flyleaves, 27 lines to the page, written in black ink, headings in blue and red, catchwords, 11 later replacement pages, many finely-executed mathematical diagrams in red throughout, later marbled binding

Catalogue Note

According to Mingana, Tusi’s name is nowhere mentioned in the text and the Revision is in fifteen books (maqalah). See A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, 543-44, no. 349, and B.A. Rosenfeld – E. Ihsanoglu, Mathematician, astronomers & Other Scholars of Islamic Civilisation and their Works (7th -19th c.), Istanbul, 2003, pp. 211-219, no.606, M1.
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