Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad


Kitāb-i ʻajāʼib al-makhlūqāt va gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt, India? 1537




Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad

Kitāb-i ʻajāʼib al-makhlūqāt va gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt, India? 1537



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Riproduco il manoscritto persiano del 1537 che riproduce l’opera più importante di  Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad Qazwīnī da lui composta nel XIII secolo e riguardante l'intera cosmografia: celeste, terrestre e mitico-religiosa.




Kitāb-i ʻajāʼib al-makhlūqāt va gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt



Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, approximately 1203-1283


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335 leaves, bound, (19 lines; fol. 1a blank) : 24 cm

Title is given in the text (fol. 3a line 10)

Translation of:
ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt. Title is given in the text (fol. 3a line 10)

Author's name given on fol. 1b line 12

Copy dated in colophon (fol. 335b line 10); scribe not named

A nearly complete and highly illustrated copy, probably copied and illustrated in western India, of the cosmology composed in the thirteenth century by al-Qazwi
̄nī; see NLM MSS P2, P3, and P29 for additional copies

The volume was at one time foliated from back of volume forwards as if it were a Western manuscript, using penciled Western numerals; these numerals have now been crossed out and the volume correctly foliated from the beginning of the text

A break occurs in the text between fol. 127/128, 181/182, 238/239, and 249/250; several folios are out of order, sequence should be: 102, 111, 103; 318, 322, 320, 323-334, 319, 321, 335

More than 150 illustrations, in opaque watercolors and ink, of constellations, mythical figures, and various plants and animals are found throughout the text; spaces for illustrations left blank on several folios

Catchwords; rubrications, red overlinings; a doubled red border encloses the text, with some rectangular areas framed in single red lines extending into the margins; considerable marginalia in several hands; has been collated against another copy; written in a fairly casual Eastern hand; fol. 102 written by a different hand; fol. 1a blank except for recent cataloguing note in pencil

Paper is thin, yellowed, with laid lines visible but no visible chain lines; waterdamaged, especially near edges; wormeaten; many folios have been repaired

Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Army Medical Library, 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm

In the collection of the Army Medical Library in 1946; provenance unknown

Bound in dark brown leather over pasteboard, with gold tooled decorative frames on each cover and gold tooled bands and floriated s-shaped design on spine; modern paper pastedowns and endpapers.


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