Collection ID: 0001 | Metadata type: TEI

LJS 439 Book on the configuration of the orb.

Title

Book on the configuration of the orb.

Authors

Other related names

Call number

LJS 439
(3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6206., University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts)

Alternate identifiers

Publisher

University of Pennsylvania

Language

Arabic

Origin

Likely copied in Andalusia, possibly in Seville, in the 14th century.
Date
13--?
Place
Seville?, Spain

Summary

One of two known manuscripts of the Arabic original of the Book on the configuration of the orb, otherwise known through its use by Maimonides and through Latin translations, which are often attributed to the Abbasid court astrologer Māshāʼallāh. 14th-century copy of a 10th-century cosmological treatise with discussion of the theory of the four elements, meterology, geology, and astronomy, with the material on natural philosophy presented from an Aristotelian perspective. Manuscript is incomplete (25 chapters and parts of 4 additional chapters out of 39 in the complete work) and misbound; the correct order of pages is: p. 21–23, 1–2, 27–30, 23–26, 35–48, 11–12, 9–10, 13–14, 17–19, 7–8, 3–6, 15–16, 19–20, 31–34, and 49–50 (Taro Mimura).

Notes

Extent

25 leaves : 235 x 165 (163 x 113) mm. bound to 238 x 168 mm

Foliation

Paper, i (modern paper) + 25 + i (modern paper) leaves; [1-50]; modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners. Also modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto. References in this record are to modern pagination.

Support

Paper

Binding

Modern morocco with earlier blind-tooled morocco covers laid on new covers; manuscript has holes affecting small areas of text and has been extensively repaired.

Layout

  • Written in 21 long lines.
  • Decoration

    Cosmological diagrams (p. 1, 5-6, 14-15, 18, 22, 35, 37, 39, 41-42, 46) and diagrams of lunar phases and eclipses (p. 10, 12, 16-17) in ink.

    Script

  • Written in neat, Andalusian maghribi script in brown ink; pointed, partially vocalized.
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