Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Mashhad, Kitābkhāna-yi markazī-yi Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, 50695

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

unknown, 12th/18th c. (inserted library note).


unknown; copied by Masʿūd al-Ḥusaynī (181v).


an erased ownership statement (1r) and a smudged seal (2r). A statement of ownership by Farhad b. Walīʿahd dated 6 Jumadā l-ūlā 1293/30 May 1876 (1r). Bought from Amr Allāh Ṣafarī in 1392/2013 (inserted library note).

Cod.: paper, II+183 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian variants; catchwords mostly provided). A clear dense nastaʿlīq hand in black. Mostly dotted ductus, hamzas and shaddas sometimes provided, occasional vowel marks. Book and chapter titles rubricated, beginning of paragraphs often with red overlines. Abjad notation in the main text overlined, in darker ink by a second rubricator, who also filled in several empty spaces. The same hand introduces the siglum sr for the commentator (al-mufassir) and sigla , ṭs and bṭs for quotes attributed to Ptolemy (Baṭlamyūs). No tables. Two of the three horoscope diagrams usually found in this work were added by the second rubricator (152r, 154r), while an empty space for the third horoscope remains (155r). Dimensions: 25×18 cm (inserted library note); 24 lines per page. Codex in very good condition. Bound in a brown leather binding with frame, red doublures. Type II binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–181v). Blank: 24v, 92v–94r.

Bibl.: Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī online catalogue:


\1v\ 〈…〉 قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث فنقول إنّ القضا بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تبنى عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مباديها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها مع بعض في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعلميّ. —\181v\ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله يهدي من من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

= ʿAlī ibn Riḍwān, Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿ (C.2.3)

.— Title: Sharḥ Arbaʿa Maqālāt (Baṭlamyūs) (1r, Ir, IIr). — Index: preface, 1v–3r; Book I.1, 3r–18v; I.2, 18v–35r; I.3, 35r–48r; II.1, 48r–62v; II.2, 62v–80r; II.3, 80r–92r; III.1, 94v–107r; III.2, 107v–122r; III.3, 122r–141r; IV.1, 141r–156r; IV.2, 156r–172v; IV.3, 172v–181v. — Undated scribal colophon. Numerous catch-titles, as well as two additional marginal horoscopes (80r and 164r, based on data found in the main text), provided by the second rubricator. More extensive marginal annotations mostly preserved and folded inside (e.g., 24r, 55r), rarely trimmed (e.g., 31r, 32r). Several marginal notes, occasionally trimmed (e.g., 31r, 32r). Some extensive marginal notes on slips of paper glued into the margins or folded in (e.g., 24r, 55r, 85v). Some marginal corrections in different hands, mostly indicated by sigla and ṣḥ.