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TAFTAZANI, Sa'ad al-din Massoud ibn Umar ibn Abdullah.

Al-Sharh al-Mukhtasar

[a commentary on al-Qazvini's Talkhis al-Mitfah on rhetoric and logic], copied by Muhammad bin Ruzabah bin Muammad Busra.

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104902
Ottoman territories of the Near East, 1409
£17,500

An exceptionally early manuscript copy of Taftazani's important work on rhetoric and logic, copied less than 20 years after his death.

Al-Taftazani was a Persian polymath and scholar, born in Khorasan in 1322, he was based in Herat and Samarkand over the course of his lifetime. His prolific pursuit of knowledge earned him recognition from Timur the Great, who supported Taftazani's work through scholarships and welcomed him into his Court. He compiled a number of important works in his lifetime, predominantly in the areas of linguistics, rhetoric, legal sciences and theology, that all encompass the views on the fundamental doctrines of Islam. Taftazani died in Samarkand in 1390, only 19 years before this volume was copied.

Taftazani was a great linguist and although most of his primary texts were compiled in Arabic, his work did include material in Turkish and Farsi as well he is well known for translating a

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Description

Single volume, decorated manuscript in Arabic, on fibrous laid paper (polished and without chain lines), 322 leaves, full collation: i9 (lacking first leaf), ii-viii alternating gatherings of 10 and 6, ix4, x-xxii alternating gatherings of 10 and 6, xxiii5 (lacking one leaf, preceding f.162), xxiv-xl alternating gatherings of 10 and 6, xli2 (bifolium to complete the text), probably only lacking the mentioned two singles, 225 by 140 mm; single column, 23 lines cursive black naskh script, some words and overlining in red, a few unobtrusive inscription to the margins in a later hand otherwise wide and clear margins, some leaves towards the end of the volume a little browned and mottled, otherwise clean and in good condition; housed in fifteenth-century leather over pasteboards (formed of recycled sheets of paper pasted together), ruled in blind and stamped with circular medallions to centres (Mamluk style with Ottoman influences), lacking the flap, extremities worn with slight loss to leather in places.

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