Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Istanbul, Üniversitesi, A 6141

[Colour scanned images of the textblock and covers.]
Single work, incomplete: Arabic. Date:

undated, 13th/19th c. (GAS VII).


unknown; unknown copyist.


A faded seal ‘Maḥmūd’ (1r). Old shelfmarks: ‘D 8202’ (IIa) and ‘182’ (spine, front cover); accession number (?): ‘16599’ (inner front cover).

Cod.: paper, 36+IIa ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals with Cairine characteristics in the upper left margins; a second foliation with Arabic-European numerals in the upper left corners of the text frame; catchwords in the scribe’s hand). A single neat naskh hand with nastaʿlīq influence (on ff. 35r–43v bigger letters written with a thick nibbed pen, probably by the same hand). Mostly dotted ductus (without vowel marks), shaddas and maddas often indicated, very few final hamzas, frequent use of lām-alif muḥaqqaqa. Rubricated chapter titles and paragraph beginnings. Main text enclosed in a thin red frame, spaces for illumination and title pieces reserved (1v, 29r). Occasional catch titles in the margins rubricated (e.g., 14v–16r). No tables or diagrams; dotted abjad notation in the body text, highlighted in red ink. Dimensions: 18×12 cm; 17 lines per page (western misṭara imprints). Presumably a large number of folios was lost after f. 34: the original catchword on f. 34v was replaced by the first word on the next page and the fold was repaired with paper slips. Otherwise the manuscript is in good condition with very few oil stains. Rebound in a red leather cover with a golden floral frame and central ornament. Doublures decorated with şal ebru. Type III binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–34v); Sahl ibn Bishr, Nawāḍir al-qaḍāʾ (35r–36v; Chapters 38–50, with undated colophon).

Bibl.: Toufic Fahd, La divination arabe. Études religieuses, sociologiques et folkloriques sur le milieu natif de l’Islam, Leiden: Brill, 1966, p. 233, note 6; GAS VIIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VII: Astrologie – Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1979, p. 43.


\1v\ الحمد لله ربّ العالمين وصلّى الله على سيّدنا محمّد وآله وأصحابه أجمعين أمّا بعد فهذا ما ابتدأ به الحكيم الفاضل بطلميوس القلوذي من كتابه المعرف بالأربعة التي جعلها رسالة إلى تلميذه ملك اليونان سوري في أحكام النجوم و دلائلها في أسباب المواليد. — \34v\ فالذي يعم أكثر ساكني هذه البلدان سخاوة الأنفس وحسن العضل والذكاء والتدبير في الأخذ والعطاء والتجارة والكسب وفيهم أيضًا جبن؟ وغشّ وخبّ وعذر على قدر طباع الكواكب التي ملّي تدبير هذه المثلث ||

= Ptolemy, Kitāb al-Arbaʿ (tr. unknown) (A.2.2)

. — Title: Kitāb al-Arbaʿ (incipit, 1v). — Index: Book I, 1v–29r; II, 29r–34v. — Book II ends abruptly in the third chapter; no colophon for the Ptolemaic part. Very few marginal corrections occasionally indicated by siglum , some words erased by surrounding or overwriting them with red dots (e.g., 3r, 15v, 28r). A short verse in the margin of f. 7v, collation notes in the scribe’s hand (e.g., 10v, 11v).