Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cambridge, University Library, Taylor-Schechter Arabic 43.274

[Colour scanned images. The description relies on Bohak & Burnett and Burnett & Bohak.]
Collection of two works: Judaeo-Arabic. Date:

undated; 6th/12th or 7th/13th c.


most probably Fusṭāṭ (Cairo); the same hand copied multiple magical texts from the Cairo Geniza. MS Cambridge, UL, Taylor-Schechter Arabic 29.51 was written by the same hand and was probably used as a template for the present manuscript. The present manuscript and T-S Ar. 43.133 were once part of the same quinion, with T-S Ar. 43.133 being the innermost and T-S Ar. 43.274 the one before the innermost bifolium.


Cairo Geniza; brought to Cambridge in 1896-7 by Solomon Schechter.

Cod.: paper, 1 bifolium (1v numbered as ‘11’ and 2r as ‘12’ in Hindu-Arabic numerals). An idiosyncratic, experienced but rather sloppy Eastern black hand. Codex in bad condition; several lacunae, bottom part of the bifolium lost. Dimensions (bifolium): 27.6×10.5 cm; 14–16 lines per page (originally up to 27).

Cont.: astral magic. — Index: Thābit b. Qurra, fragment of Maqāla fī l-Ṭilasmāt (1r–v); Ptolemaica (2r–v).

Bibl.: Charles Burnett and Gideon Bohak, ‘A Judaeo-Arabic Version of Ṯābit ibn Qurra’s De Imaginibus and Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Opus Imaginum’, in Felicitas Opwis and David Reisman (eds), Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture and Religion. Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas, Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2012, pp. 179–200, here pp. 184–187; Gideon Bohak and Charles Burnett, Thabit ibn Qurra «On Talismans» and Ps.-Ptolemy «On Images 1-9». Together with the «Liber prestigiorum Thebidis» of Adelard of Bath, Firenze: SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2021, pp. 40–45. Images of the manuscript are available through (registration required).


\2r\ באב אדא ארדת אן תעקד {אל}סארק לילא ידכל דאר רגל מן אלרגאל תצור צורה אלרגל מן נחאס אדא טלע אלוגה אלאול מן אלחמל תם תקול עקדת כל סארק ען הדה אלדאר בהדה אלצורה ותדפנהא פי פי וסט אלדאר פאנה לא ידכלהא סארק אבדא — \2v\ אדא ארדת אן תעקד אלנאר לא תק֯ד פי תלך אלדאר ובדאלך אלמוצ'ע צור צורה רגל מן נחאס איצא באלוגה אל{או}ל אלאול מן וגה אלחמל תם תקול עקדת אלצורה ועקדת אלנאר מן הדה אלדאר לא {תק}ד אב֯ד֯א פ֯יהא תם ת֯ד֯פ֯{נהא פי דלך אלמוצע אלדי} ת֯ר֯יד ||

\2r\ باب إذا أردت أن تعقد {ال}سارق لئلّا يدخل دار رجل من الرجال تصوّر صورة الرجل من نحاس إذا طلع الوجه الأوّل من الحمل ثمّ تقول عقدت كلّ سارق عن هذه الدار بهذه الصورة وتدفنها في وسط الدار فإنّه لا يدخلها سارق أبدًا — \2v\ إذا أردت أن تعقد النار لا تقد في تلك الدار وبذلك الموضع صوّر صورة رجل من نحاس أيضًا بالوجه الأوّل من الحمل ثمّ تقول عقدت الصورة وعقدت النار من هذه الدار لا {تق}د أبدًا فيها ثمّ تدف{نها في ذلك الموضع الذي} تريد ||

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, ⟨Kitāb al-Ṣuwar⟩ (B.5.1)

, fragment. — Title: bāb (2r). — No colophons, as the manuscript is defective. No marginalia.