سر الاسرار.

Sirr al-asrār.

Uniform title
Format
Manuscript, Book
Language
Arabic
Published/​Created
[Mosul?, Iraq, between 1193 and 1211]
Description
1 online resource (127 leaves) : paper, color illustrations

Details

Subject(s)
Former owner
Attributed name
Summary note
Early copy of the long form of this popular treatise presented as a letter from Aristotle to Alexander the Great on statecraft, astronomy, astrology, magic, and medicine. The ending of the manuscript is missing; the text breaks off during a discussion of magical alphabets.
Notes
  • Binding: 15th-century blind-stamped morocco with flap (Type II), different but coordinating stamps on each board and flap; repaired.
  • Decoration: Illuminated name and titles of Nūr al-Dīn Arslān Shāh (f. 1r); bismillāh in blue ink outlined in red (f. 1v); open octagon in gold, red, and blue, with text running around the edge (f. 80r); geometric illustration in black, gold, and red (f. 108v); tables outlined in red ink with headings in red and green ink (f. 114v-117r); names of the planets in colored inks (f. 124r); significant words, phrases, and punctuation in red ink.
  • Foliation: Paper, i + 127; 1-127, later foliation ink, upper left recto.
  • Layout: Written in 9 long lines.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Origin: Probably written in Mosul, Iraq, between 1193 and 1211 (reign of owner named on f. 1r).
  • Script: Written in naskh script, with some headings in a larger naskh and some in thuluth; bismillāh in early Abbasid style script (f. 1v); occasional marginal notes in a later hand.
  • Title from introduction (f. 1v).
Location of originals
  • Original Columbia, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
  • OPenn University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Language note
Arabic.
Provenance
  • Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2012.
  • Formerly owned by Nūr al-Dīn Arslān Shah, Turkmen ruler of Mosul, 1193-1211 (illuminated name, f. 1r).
  • Gift of Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, 2016.
  • Sold by Sam Fogg Limited, Islamic Calligraphy catalog (2003), numbers 25, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
References
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), pages 17 (LJS 459).
Cite as
UPenn LJS 459.
OCLC
802371094
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