Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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119

Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad bin Abdul Haqq al-Shami

Sold for £300

Est: £500–700

Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad bin Abdul Haqq al-Shami. Fawa'id min Ulum al-Batin (A Treatise on Magic and Occult numbers) , in Arabic, decorated manuscript on paper [Morocco, mid-nineteenth century]

216 leaves (including 4 endleaves), 26 lines in sepia maghribi script, headings and key phrases in red, magic tables and circular charts also in red, a few small scattered yellow paint stains and occasional smudges to text, a few leaves loose, 225 by 180 mm.; contemporary red morocco with flap, ruled in blind with central blind-stamped green leather medallion to covers and flap, a little scuffed, shelf-mark stickers to spine

From the Mohamed Makiya collection, their 12/200.

Magic numbers have been studied and used by the Arabic community from as early as the seventh century for their mystical, talismanic and astrological properties. This particular treatise focusses on the magical properties of the numbers and corresponding letters in its tables. Little is known about the author, and the only other copy of this rare work to appear on the open market in recent years is that of Bonhams, 2 October 2012, lot 20.


Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

Bloomsbury London
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