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كتاب الدرج / لبني موسى

Kitāb al-Daraj / li-Banī Mūsá.

Author:
Format:
  • Manuscript, Book
Language:
Arabic
Published/​Created:
[before 1193]
Description:
iv, 68, iv leaves : paper ; 170 x 120 (115 x 80) mm. bound to 175 x 130 mm.
Summary note:
Treatise on astrology. The text proper ends on fol. 64a. It is followed by a short section written by the same hand, entitled: "Mā ughfila īrād khawāṣṣihi min al-kawākib". The second text mentioned in the table of contents added by a later hand on fol. 1a, with the title "Kitāb al-Mukhtaṣar fī maʻrifat al-taqāwīm fī ʻilm al-falak li-baʻḍ al-fuḍalā", does not appear in the copy, unless this refers to the short addition at the end of the text.
Notes:
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from illuminated title page (fol. 1bis(a)).
  • Physical description: 13 lines per page. Written in medium small naskh in black ink with use of red for headings and entries. The text is vocalized. Dark cream paper, hardly translucid, with pulp, chain and laid lines visible. Collation notes on the margin. Table of contents on fol. 1b. Erased inscription on fol. 75b. Fol.i-iv are modern fly-leaves, contemporary with the modern binding. On the verso of the last modern upper cover fly-leaf is a pasted piece of paper with inscription in Arabic reading: "Sanah 595" (fol. iv(b)). Modern foliation in pencil using Western numerals (omits the first folio; blank between fol. 17 and 18).
  • Decoration: Illuminated title page executed in gold and blue on fol. 1bis(a). Rectangular panel (400 x 850 mm.) bearing the title over a medallion (820 mm.) bearing the name of the patron of the copy.
  • Chiefly quinions.
  • Origin: According to illuminated title page, copied for the library of "Mawlānā al-Sulṭān al-Malik al-Nāṣir Ṣalāḥ al-Dunyā wa-al-Dīn Abū al-Muẓaffar Yūsuf ibn al-Malik al-ʻAzīz" (fol. 1bis(a)).
  • Incipit: بسم ... رب اعن ان القدما من اهل اليونانية تسلموا اكثر علومهم النجومية من الهند
  • Explicit: على كثرة المال بالكسب وهى رديه للبدايات تمت الدرج بحمد الله ما اُغفِل ايْراد خَواصه من الكواكب فى دَرْجَةٍ دَرْجَةٍ فانا عوّلنا فيه على مزاجه وطبعه ... [65ب] ... وهذّبنا العبارة عنه من غري تغير لشى منه والله الموفق للصواب (واليه المرجع والمآب) تم الكتاب والحمد لله وحده ولى الله على خير خلقه (محمد وآله و) سلامه ه
Binding note:
Modern quarter binding in marbled paper and red leather. An earlier binding consisting of blind tooled red leather over paper pasteboards is kept with the ms.
Provenance:
On fol.1a: Ownership statement in the name of al-Sayyid ʻAbd al-Ḥayy ibn al-Sayyid ʻAlī al-Ḥusaynī(?) al-Qudsī al-Shāfiʻī al-Shāmī (dated beginning of 1043 H. [1633]) ; three reading statements in the name of Aḥmad ibn ʻAbd al-Ḥayy al-Ḥusaynī(?) al-Qudsī, of ʻAlī ibn Aḥmad ibn Ibrāhīm al-Tadmurī (dated 1120 H. [1708 or 9]), of Ḥasan al-Tadmurī. Acquired by Robert Garrett from Brill, Leyden, 1900.
Source acquisition:
Gift ; Robert Garrett, Class of 1897 ; 1942.
References:
  • Hitti, P. Garrett coll., 968
  • Ullmann, M. Die Natur- und Geheimwissenschaften im Islam (1972), p. 315
  • Brockelmann, C. GAL, I, 217
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
  • Manuscripts, Arabic 12th century.
  • Illuminated title pages Islamic Empire 12th century.
  • Illuminated manuscripts Islamic Empire 12th century.
Other title(s):
  • Daraj
  • Kitāb al-Mukhtaṣar fī maʻrifat al-taqāwīm fī ʻilm al-falak
  • درج
  • كتاب احكام الدرج للمواليد اثنى عشر برجا لبني موسى
  • احكام الدرج للمواليد
  • كتاب المختصر في معرفة التقاويم في علم الفلك
Title from colophon (fol. 64a):
  • al-Daraj
Title from Table of contents (fol. 1b, later hand):
  • Kitāb Aḥkām al-daraj li-l-mawālīd ithná ʻashar burjan li-Banī Mūsá
Title in Hitti, P. Garrett coll:
  • Aḥkām al-daraj li-l-mawālīd
OCLC:
244448915
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