Samlali, Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Yaqub al-. Astronomy and agriculture.

[Northern Africa?, 19th century].

4to (154 x 194 mm). Arabic manuscript on paper. 120 pp. Black and red ink, 25 lines, per extensum, with several pen-and-ink diagrams in the text, some full-page. Bound in 19th century full leather with blindstamped borders and ornaments.

 4,500.00

Two works in a single manuscript by a single scribe: one a book on astronomy by Ahmad bin Abdullah bin Yaqoub al-Samlali (d. 1093 H), the other a commentary on Al-Senussi the younger. The astronomical work, extensively illustrated with detailed diagrams, also contains horoscopes and information on the best times of the year for cultivating the soil.

Binding rubbed; extremeties bumped, chipped and frayed; some traces of worming to upper cover; old repairs to spine. Paper browned and brittle; some brownstaining and occasional worming (mainly confined to margins), a few paper repairs in the margins.