Persian astronomical manuscript

[Astronomy]. [Work on astronomy].

[Safavid Iran, 16th-18th century CE].

8vo (125 x 183 mm). 80 ff. Persian manuscript on paper. Black nasta'liq script with important words, phrases, and numbers picked out in red, ruled in blue and gilt. Extensive marginal commentary, numerous rubricated diagrams and charts, illuminated 'unwan decorated in gilt, blue, green, and red. 19th century red morocco stamped and ruled in blind.


An anonymous Persian work on astronomy, illustrated with numerous astronomical diagrams depicting the movement of the moon, the planets, and the zones of the Earth. The first leaf is prettily illuminated with a headpiece in blue and gilt, and the text covers many classical aspects of Muslim astronomical manuscript tradition. Included are lunar phases, information about the terrestrial zones such as the equator, and several long sections on mathematics, particularly the geometry of various three-dimensional shapes.

Light exterior wear, a few diagrams either purposely or accidentally smudged; well-preserved. Provenance: private London collection; previously ex Christies, formerly acquired on the UK and international art market 1970s-2020.