Ghayat al-Hakim wa Ahaqq al-Natijatayn bi al-Taqdim. Fi al-Sihr lil Majriti.

Al-Andalusi, Abul-Qasim Maslama ibn Ahmad al-Farai al-Hasib al-Majriti al-Qurtubi.

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4to. [99 pages], between 15-20 lines per page, key words in red, gilt embossed cloth, faded and rubbed, hinges weak, 3 pages of contents written in later hand, loose at the beginning of the manuscript, red ink underlining, occasional spotting, inscribed by Qusai b. Sa’id al-Munjim al-Njdi at al-Ihsa’, 1017 A. H.

Synopsis

Al-Majriti’s manuscript is a comprehensive treatise on magic and talismans. Abu al-Qasim Maslama ibn Ahmad al-Majriti (ca. 950–1007), was an Arab Muslim astronomer, chemist, mathematician, economist and Scholar in Islamic Spain, active during the reign of Al-Hakam II. He was considered by his Andalusian contemporaries as the foremost authority of his time in the field of astronomy. He traveled as a young man to Cordova, the capital of the Umayyad caliphate, where he studied and worked until his death. His achievements are mainly in the field of mathematical astronomy, although it is known that he wrote on commercial arithmetic (muʿāmalāt) and was also a renowned astrologer.
The Arabic title translates as The Aim of the Sage or The Goal of The Wise. The Arabic work was translated into Spanish and then into Latin during the 13th century, at which time it got the Latin title Picatrix.
Picatrix is a composite work that synthesizes older works on magic and astrology. One of the most influential interpretations suggests it is to be regarded as a “handbook of talismanic magic”. Another researcher summarizes it as “the most thorough exposition of celestial magic in Arabic”. [Wikipedia].

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