Isl. Ms. 823


[Risālah-i Muʻīnīyah yā al-Mufīd dar hayʼat,14th or 15th century?].[رساله معینیه یا المفید در هیئت,قرن 14 يا 15م؟].


Ṭūsī, Naṣīr al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad,1201-1274.طوسى، نصير الدين محمد بن محمد.

Place/Date of Production:

[13-- or 14--?].


5 leaves :paper ;202 x 153 (175 x 115) mm.


Fragment from what appears to be a fine copy of Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī's (d.1274) Risālah-i Muʻīnīyah or al-Mufīd dar hayʼat, an astronomical work dedicated to Abū al-Shams Muʻīn al-Dīn, son of the author's patron Nāṣir al-Dīn Muḥtasham, governor of Quhistān. Only the latter portion of the second maqālah and opening of the third maqālah are present, including a portion of bāb 4 and bāb 5 (possibly from the second maqālah), the final part of bāb 8 through bāb 14 of the second maqālah, and the opening lines of bāb 1 from the third maqālah.

Other Title(s):

Risālah-i Muʻīnīyahرساله معینیهMufīd dar hayʼatمفيد در هيئتRisālah-i Muʻīnīyah dar ʻilm-i hayʼatرساله معینیه در علم هیئترساله در معينيه يا المفيد در هيئت


Astronomy--Islamic Empire--Early works to 1800.
Astronomy, Arab--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.




Ms. fragment.
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Physical Details:

Five leaves, the final four of which appear to constitute the center portion of a gathering (possibly a quaternion) ; only one bifolium is intact ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes paper wrapper).


Written in as many as 30 lines per page, varying according to appearance of diagrams.


Naskh ; clear, compact hand in a medium line ; mainly serifless (though irregular left-sloping head-serifs appear on occasional lām, alif, etc.) with slight effect of tilt to the left, freely ligatured and quite rounded with curvilinear descenders, closed and open counters, kāf mashqūqah (mashkūlah) preferred with left-ward hook often on shaft and shaqq meeting just below forming an irregular v-shape, pointing very casual though typically in distinct dots.


Section headings and keywords rubricated ; textual dividers in the form of three inverted commas in red ; astronomical diagrams in red and black (see pp.6, 8, 9, 10, 11).


non-European (Persian or Arab) laid paper with thick, even and fairly distinct laid lines (5-6 per cm. or 20 in 37 mm., horizontal) and what appear to be single chain lines, curved and spaced 39-41 mm. apart.


Unbound fragment ; recycled paper with scratch notes in pencil (appear to be bookseller's accounts) serves as a wrapper ; only one bifolium is intact ; once sewn in two stations, threads lost ; tears, staining, etc. ; housed in stiff cardboard wrapper in envelope.

Former Shelfmarks:

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Lacks dated colophon ; hand, paper, etc. may suggest 14th or 15th century.

Ownership and History:

Possible bookseller's accounts on wrapper ; a few marginal corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

Meyerhof, Max, 1874-1945, former owner.

In Collection:

Tracy W. McGregor Collection of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Mathematical and Astronomical Manuscripts.


King, D. A Survey of the scientific manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library. (Winona Lake, 1986),G23, 1.2.10Brockelmann, C. GAL,I 670-6Daiber, H. and F.J. Ragep "al-Ṭūsī, Naṣīral-Dīn, Abū Ḏj̲aʿfar Muḥammad." In EI2,vol. X, p.746, col.1Storey, C. A. Persian literature,pp.6-7, 52-60Humbert, G. "Papiers non filigranés utilisés au Proche-Orient jusqu’en 1450: essai de typologie." Journal asiatique, 286, no. 1:1-54.Loveday, Helen. Islamic paper: a study of the ancient craft. London : The Don Baker Memorial Fund, 2001.

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS, Tracy W. McGregor Collection

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