Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Istanbul, Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi, Murat Buhari 234

[Colour scanned images of the body text and front cover.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:



unknown, copied by an unknown scribe.


a smudged octagonal seal including the name ‘Muṣṭafā’ (1r). Old shelfmark 263 (Ir, 1r).


yellowish paper, I+100 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals on the top left of recto pages; catchwords). A slightly irregular black naskh hand; titles, chapter beginnings and textual dividers in red; fully dotted ductus with occasional diacritics. Some tables and magical shapes, including celestial letters and long sequences of Hindu-Arabic numerals, in black and red. Codex in good condition; some moisture stains, smudges (in particular, a large one in the outer margin of f. 48v), damage by insects. Dimensions not provided; 19 lines per page. Marbled cardboard covers with black leather quarter binding.


astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-100v). Blank: Iv.


\1v\ 〈…〉 نبتدئ بعون الله تعالى نكتب طوالع البروج وهو شرح بطليموس الحكيم وبلعام العرّاف ابن قاغوز الفلكيّ ومن هذا نعرف مزاج الإنسان من الحارّ (!) والهوائيّ والمائيّ والترابيّ — \57v\ 〈…〉  وزحل ترابيّ دلو وزحل هوائيّ حوت المشتريّ مائيّ تمّت البروج الاثنا عشر. 〈…〉 نبتدئ بعون الله تعالى نكتب طوالع النساء وجميع ما يحدث عليهنّ من الأمراض والأعراض والتوابع والقرناء والأسحار وغير ذلك لأنّ الأعراض الداخلة على النساء أكثر من الرجال — \100v\ 〈…〉 والله أعلم ولا بدّ تسحر فإن حملت هذا الحجاب تسلم من ذلك وهو هذا بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. (followed by a sequence of Hindu-Arabic numerals)

= Pseudo-Ptolemy and Balaam, Kitāb Ṭawāliʿ al-burūj (B.3.2). — Title: Ṭawāliʿ al-burūj wa-huwa sharḥ Baṭlīmūs al-ḥakīm wa-Balʿām al-ʿarrāf ibn Qāghūz (read Bāʿūrāʾ) al-falakī (incipit, 1v); Ṭawāliʿ al-nisāʾ wa-jamīʿ mā yaḥduthu ʿalayhunna min al-amrāḍ wa-l-aʿrāḍ wa-l-tawābiʿ wa-l-quranāʾ wa-l-asḥār wa-ghayr dhālika (incipit, 57v). — Index: nativities of men for all twelve signs, 1v-57v; nativities of women for all twelve signs, 57v-100v. — Undated scribal colophon for the first part, referring to an added chapter). No colophon for the second part as at least one folio is missing at the end of the manuscript. Some marginal corrections by the scribe.