Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Ankara, Üniversitesi, Ismail Saib 5092

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Collection of nine works: Arabic. Date:

some of the works dated 3 Shaʿbān and Dhū l-qaʿda 698/6 May and July-August 1299 (29r, 60r, 67v).


Sabzevar (29r); unknown scribe.



Cod.: paper, 80 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals in pen; a sloppy pagination from 46 to 61 at the bottom of ff. 25r–32v; a pagination from 1 to 5 in red for the last fragment (76r–78r); quire numbers in Hindu numerals starting with ‘12’ (41r, 49r, 57r, 65r, 73r); no catchwords). At least two main naskh hands in black. First hand (1r–24v, 68r–75v): regular and dense, only occasionally dotted, no tashkīl, hamzas or shaddas. Second hand (25r–67v, including both Ptolemaica): rather hastily written and less angular, hardly any diacritics. A third naskh hand in brown with black overwritings, in a mostly dotted ductus, with some shaddas but no hamzas, only for the last fragment (76r–80v); these folios are smaller than the others and are more damaged at the edges; they were probably added to the collection at a later point. Numerous figures of instruments and geometrical diagrams in red with black labels; from f. 25r onwards, chapter headings and textual dividers in red; more highlights in red in the last fragment (76r–80v). Dimensions: not provided; 20–22 lines per page. Apparently without cover, binding becoming loose; otherwise, paper and main text in good condition with only minor water damage in the upper margins.

Cont.: mathematics, geometry, astronomy. — Index: al-ʿUrḍī, Kayfiyyat al-arṣād (1r–24v, end missing); unidentified acephalous treatise on geometry (25r–29r); al-Kharaqī, unidentified work on the parallactic ruler (dhāt al-shuʿbatayn) and the distances of Sun and Moon (29v–40v, end missing; this is not part of al-Kharāqī’s Tabṣira or Muntahā); Muḥyī l-Dīn al-Maghribī, Iṣlāḥ Kitāb al-Ukar li-Thāʾudūsiyūs (41r–60r, acephalous); Ptolemaica (60r–67v); Ptolemaica (68r–v); al-ʿUrḍī, Risāla fī stikhrāj mā bayna markazay al-shams wa-mawḍiʿ awji-hā (69r–70v); al-ʿUrḍī, Masʾila fī l-Rujuʿ wa-l-istiqāma (71r–75v); fragment of an unidentified geometrical treatise (76r–80v).

Bibl.: GAS VIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VI: Astronomie bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1978, p. 25 n. 6 and p. 292 (two Nachträge to p. 94). Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative:


\60r\ هذه مقدّمات تتعلّق بحركات الكواكب أوضحها الإمام محيي الملّة والدين أبو الشكر المغربيّ الأندلسيّ. المقدّمة الأولى لتكن دائرة ابجدهز وقطرها احز ومركزها ح\67v\ وليس ما بين النسبتين فرق يعتدّ به عند الحسّ وذلك ما أردناه. تمّت المقدّمات والمسائل والفوائد.

= Muḥyī l-Dīn al-Maghribī, Muqaddimāt tataʿalliqu bi-ḥarakāt al-kawākib (C.1.22)

. — Title: Muqaddimāt tataʿalliq bi-ḥarakāt al-kawākib (60r). — Index: first set of six propositions, 60r–62r; propositions on Books IX and XII of the Almagest, 62r–65v; geometrical questions, 65v–67v. — Scribal colophon dated ‘eight nights remaining of Dhū l-qaʿda 698’ (67v). Marginal additions and corrections.


\68r\ ليكن الخطّ المارّ بالمراكز والأوج البطئ الحركة ا ب ج د وليكن ا مركز البروج وب مركز معدّل المسير — \\68v\ فمربّعا ام ال متساويان فخطّا ال ام متساويان وزاويتا دال هام متساويتان وذلك ما أردنا أن نبيّن. [diagram]

= Muʾayyad al-Din al-ʿUrḍī, Muqaddima fī taṣḥīḥ burhān al-shakl al-rābiʿ min tāsiʿat al-Majisṭī (C.1.20)

. — Title: Muqaddima fī taṣḥīḥ burhān al-shakl al-rābiʿ min tāsiʿat al-Majisṭī min kalām mawlānā al-imām al-afḍal al-ʿallāma Muʾayyad al-Milla wa-l-Dīn (68r). — No authorial or scribal colophon.