Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Rampur, Raza Library, Arabic 3696

[Trimmed colour scanned images of the textblock and covers.]
Single work: Arabic. Date:

unknown, probably 13th/19th c. (ʿArshī).


unknown; unknown scribe.


a smudged undated ownership statement (1r). Old shelfmark: ‘S.T. 1431’ with date 28.10.95 (1r); accession number: ‘1519 M’ (1r).

Cod.: thin paper, 347 ff. (foliation with Hindu-Arabic numerals with Persian characteristics in the upper left margins of rectos up to f. 99, continued in a different hand in the upper left corner, correcting the partially incorrect original foliation between ff. 100 and 133; catchwords in the hand of the scribe). An inconsistent nastaʿlīq hand in black, often neat and small (e.g., 3v), sometimes fast and less dense (e.g., 112v). Mostly dotted ductus occasionally with vowel marks; shaddas not provided, final hamzas mostly indicated. Chapter headings and paragraph beginnings highlighted with red overlines, occasionally written in red ink; abjad notation in the main text not highlighted. Numerous figures and some tables with red lines and black letters, all added in the margins (e.g., 16r, 24r, 33r) and sometimes overlapping with the main text (e.g., 280v). Codex in good condition with some ink stains (esp. on f. 207v), sometimes affecting the readability; two small slips of paper pasted over part of the text on f. 16v and written over by the scribe; ­slightly damaged by insects and repaired with ­transparent foil; most folios restored in the fold. Dimensions: 35×26.5 cm; 21 lines per page. Rebound in a red modern partial leather binding, title and author provided on the spine. Type III binding.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–345v); incomplete index of chapter titles with folio numbers (346r–347r).

Bibl.: Imtiyāz ʿAlī ʿArshī, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in Raza Library, Rampur, Vol. V: Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Science, Agriculture, Occult Sciences, Ethics & Politics, Education & Military Science, Rampur: Raza Library, 1975, pp. 42/43.


\1v\ الحمد لله الذي جعلنا من المتفكّرين في خلق السموات والأرض وألهمنا طريق معرفته 〈!〉 مقادير حركات الأجرام النيّرة في الطول والعرض خلق سبع سموات طباقًا وجعل القمر فبيّن(؟) نورًا وجعل الشمس سراجًا — \345v\ والحمد لله وآخر وباطنًا وظاهرًا والصلوت والسلام على زيد الليالي والأيّام محمّد سيّد الثقلين وخير الأنام وآله الأخيار العظام وشيعته الأبرار الكرام وقد عرفت تحرير هذا الشرح وتسويده وتصحيحه وتجويده بقدر الإمكان إليه الرجوع و التكلان.

= al-Birjandī, Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.42)

. — Title: Bīrjandī Sharḥ Majisṭī wa ʿilm hayʾa (1r). Index: author’s preface, 1v–2v; 〈Book I〉, 2v–60r; Book II, 60r–89v; III, 89v–120v; IV, 120v–139r; V, 139r–179r; 〈VI〉, 179r–212v; VII, 212v–234v; 〈VIII〉, 234v–262r; IX, 262r–284v; X/XI, 284v–302r/293r–305v; XII, 305v–322r; XIII, 322r–345v. Titles for Books I, VI and VIII and the author’s colophon usually found in the copies of this work missing. Hardly any marginal annotations. Very few corrections indicated by sigla .