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LJS 495 Kharīdat al-ʻajāʼib wa farīḍat al-gharāʼib
TitleKharīdat al-ʻajāʼib wa farīḍat al-gharāʼib
- Ibn al-Wardī, Sirāj al-Dīn Abū Ḥafṣ ʻUmar, -1457
Other related names
- Ibn al-Wardī, Zayn al-Dīn ʻUmar ibn al-Muẓaffar, -1349 (attributed name)
Call numberLJS 495
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4650884
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
- between 1419 and 1450?
Cosmography containing a compendium of place names, seas, and mountains; information on flora and fauna; and a brief explanation of the game of chess. The title translates into English as The pearl of wonders and the uniqueness of things strange. This text has also been attributed to the 14th-century author Zayn al-Dīn ʻUmar ibn al-Muẓaffar ibn al-Wardī, in which case it would have an earlier composition date.
Extent268 leaves : 195 x 134 (146 x 85) mm. bound to 195 x 160 mm
FoliationPaper, i + 268 + v ; [1-7], 8-12, [13-14], 15-29, [30-31], 32-33, , 35-36, , 38, [39-49], 50-55, [56-59], 60-63, [64-67], 68, [69-87], 88, [89-99], 100-112, 115-200, [i], 200-246, 246-267; Arabic-Indic foliation in ink, in at least three hands, upper left recto.
BindingLater stamped and tooled gilt leather wallet binding.
LayoutWritten in 15 long lines (f. 1r-79v) and 17 long lines (f. 80r-267v).
Schematic world map in green, yellow, red, and black, across a full opening (f. 3v-4r), showing Europe, Africa and the Nile, and Asia; diagram in red and black of directions of prayer toward Mecca with the Kaʻbah in the center (f. 66r); diagram in red and black of chess game (f. 264r); some words in red, red dots marking ends of sentences.
ScriptWritten in naskh script in a thuluth hand, with chapter headings in larger muhaqqaq script.
- Reference to owner or scribe, al-Qawariqi (f. 267); ownership inscription dated 1090/1679 (inside lower cover); later inscriptions in a maghribi hand including the name Ibn al-Maʼmūn (inside upper cover); sold by Sam Fogg Ltd. (London) to Lawrence J. Schoenberg, December 2009.
- Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2013.
- Cosmography--Early works to 1800
- Chess--Early works to 1800
- World maps
- Manuscripts, Arabic--15th century
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
Inside front cover
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Decoration: World map, f. 3v
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Decoration: World map, f. 4r
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Decoration: Diagram, f. 66r
Loose note, Side 1
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Loose note, Side 2
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