Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Doha, Matḥaf al-fann al-islāmī, 791

[Colour scanned images of the textblock and front cover.]
Single work: Arabic. Date:

undated; 16th century (Sotheby’s).


unknown; unknown scribe. Copied from a copy of an autograph that was written by Ḥajjāj b. Khwāja ʿAzīz b. Sharaf al-Dahhān al-Munajjim al-Khwārizmī al-Ḥanūfī in Marāgha on Sunday, 22 Jumādā l-awwal 〈68〉6/6 July 1287 (163v).


Octagonal seal of Shāh Abū l-Ḥasan, dated 1131/1718-9 (1v, 163v). Statement of purchase by … Muḥammad Sayyid …, dated 〈..〉91 (1r). Further undated ownership statements by (from top to bottom): al-Sayyid Yūsuf b. Sayyid Ḥasan b. Sayyid, with an incomplete oval seal; Ḥājj Khalīl; and al-Sayyid Abū Bakr al-Naqshbandī (1r). An erased note (Iav); an illegible round seal (1r). Auctioned by Sotheby’s in April 2011.

Cod.: paper, I+163+IIa ff. (unfoliated; catchwords). A single very neat nastaʿlīq hand in black; substantially dotted ductus, no shaddas, hamzas or vocalization. Section titles in red, chapter titles in red and overlined. Numerous diagrams with red lines, geometrical points sometimes in black, sometimes in red; starting from f. 65r, some diagrams in black with labels in red. Numerous tables in red, with values in black (e.g., 11r, 66v, 148v, 162v–163v). Some minor damage caused by insects and moisture, never impeding the reading. Dimensions: 24.8×16 cm; 25 lines per page. Brown leather cover with blind stamped frame, spine repaired with black leather; doublures decorated with ebru. Type II binding.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–163v).

Bibl.: Sotheby’s:


\1v\ 〈…〉 قال مولانا الفاضل الكامل ملك الحكماء قد ... محيي الملّة والدين يحيى ابن محمّد ابن أبي الشكر المغربيّ الأندلسيّ أمّا بعد فإنّ ... المنسوب إلى الحكيم الفاضل المحقّ المحقّق بطلميوس القلوذي المسمّى بالمجسطي كتاب عظيم جليل القدر كثير العلم حمّ ال... أشرف ما صنّف في علم الهيئة الذي هو المقصّد الأقصى والمطلّب الأعلى من العلوم الرياضيّة. — \163r\ وفي الوضع الثاني مد درجة نصف مجموعهما مب ل زوايا عليه نصف دائرة حصّل مركزه المعدّل ل كب ل فمنه ومن خاصّته يحصّل عرضه في الجيوب ج ز. \163v\جدول ظهور الكواكب واختفائها لعرض لج يح [table].

= Muḥyī l-Dīn al-Maghribī, Khulāṣat al-Majisṭī (C.1.21)

. — Title: Khulāsat al-Majisṭī fī l-hayʾa (1v). — Index: author’s preface, 1v; Book I, 1v–19r; II, 19r–35r; III, 35r–48v; IV, 48v–60r; V, 60r–77r; VI: 77r–92v; VII, 92v–105r; VIII, 105r–120v; IX, 120v–142r; X, 142r–163v. — No authorial colophon; dated scribal colophon taken from an earlier copy (163v). Numerous marginal corrections and glosses (introduced with ḥāshiya) by the main hand; additions by at least one other hand, mostly trimmed (49r, 68v).