Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cairo, Dār al-kutub, mīqāt 122

[Black and white microfilm scans of the body text, without cover or binding.]

Collection of nine works: Arabic. Date:

ff. 1r–29v: unknown (c. 1150/1750, King); ff. 35v–96v completed on 28 Muḥarram 1184/24 May 1770; ff. 97r–107v completed on 25 Muḥarram 1183/31 May 1769. Folios 108r-113r were copied by the same hand as 35v-107v.


unknown (Egypt, according to King); ff. 35v–113r copied by Aḥmad ibn Salāma al-Rimāḥī.


two different seals of the Dār al-kutub (29v, 35v and 1r, 114v respectively).


paper, 114 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals on the top left recto pages; ff. 35-113 also foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals starting from 1; catchwords). Two black naskh hands (1r-29v and 35v-113r) with overlining and oversized formulas; red ink not discernible from black on the scans; fully dotted ductus, no diacritics or hamzas. Clear diagrams and tables by the first hand, sloppier tables by the second hand. Hindu-Arabic numerals only. Codex in good condition, binding often loose. Dimensions: 21×16 cm (library card). Mostly 23 lines per page on ff. 1r–29v, 17 on ff. 35v–107v.


astrology, divination, astronomy, and poetry. — Index: an astrological note (1r); Ptolemaica (1r-2r); two collections of anonymous chapters on astronomy and astrology (2v-16r and 17r-22v; tables of contents in King, vol. II, pp. 722–725); Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ, Epistle 3 on astronomy-astrology (23r-29v, incomplete); astrological notes and table of contents of the following work (30r-33v); collection of texts on astrology, divination and astrometeorology (35v-96v; table of contents in King, vol. II, pp. 649–650); collection of texts on magic and the names of God (97r-107v); a poem by Muḥammad al-Ājurrī al-Mālikī (108r-111r); an anonymous work on divination (111r-113r; see King, vol. II, p. 801); added notes (113v-114r). Blank: 16v, 34r-35r, 114v.


Heinrich Suter, ‘Der V. Band des Katalogs der arabischen Bücher der viceköniglichen Bibliothek in Kairo’, Zeitschrift für Mathematik und Physik, historisch-litterarische Abteilung 38 (1893), pp. 1–24, 41–57, 161–184, pp. 169, 180 fn. 30 (manuscript misidentified as a witness of the Almagest); GAS VIIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VII: Astrologie – Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1979, p. 46 (no. 9); David A. King, Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿilmiyya al-maḥfūẓa bi-Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 2 vols, Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organisation, 1981–1986, vol. I, pp. 26–27; vol. II, pp. 649–650 (no., p. 656 (no., pp. 722–725 (no., p. 801 (no.



\1r\ 〈…〉 هذا كتاب المجالس لبطليموس الحكيم المشهور. إذا أردت الدخول على سلطان أو أحد من الناس فاعرف دخولك وأين يجلس الجالس إذا دخل على سلطان وكذلك المدخول عليه يعرف أين يجلس في مثل ما قد بيّنّاه في هذه الزايرجة — \2r\ 〈…〉 إذا أراد صاحب المجلس التنافس والرتبة العالية وارتفاع المحلّ فيعتمد بالجلوس في حدّ الجوزهر ما بين المغرب والجنوب.

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Kitāb al-Majālis (B.6.1). — Title: Kitāb al-Majālis, 1r. — No colophons. No marginalia.