Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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London, Khalili Foundation, MS 375

[Catalogue entry (with images of f. 1r and parts of ff. 2r, 5r and 8v).]
Fragment of a single work: Arabic. Date:

5th/11th or 6th/12th c.


Spain or North Africa; unknown scribe.


The similarity of the material, page size, writing, and figures makes it very probable that this manuscript contains parts of the same original codex as MSS Doha, Matḥaf al-fann al-islāmī, 131 and Fes, al-Qarawiyyīn, 654.

Cod.: vellum, 8 folios (two pairs of two bifolios, apparently unfoliated; no catchwords). A carefully written maghribī hand in brown, red, green, and purple ink. Mostly dotted ductus with occasional vocalisation and some miniature letters written under undotted letters such as ḥāʾ and ʿayn. Section title enlarged. Geometrical points in the main text written out as full letter names. Dimensions: 24.2×‌17.9 cm, written area: 11.9×‌17.4 cm; 16 or 17 lines per page. Smudges occasionally hindering the reading.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1r–8v).

Bibl.: Francis Maddison and Emilie Savage-Smith, Science, Tools and Magic. Part One. Body and Spirit, Mapping the Universe, Oxford: The Nour Foundation, 1997, pp. 176–177 (no. 116). The Khalili Collections:


\1r\ زاوية هاء جيم كاء أيضًا عشرة أجزاء واثنتان وثلاثون دقيقة بالأجزاء التي بها زاويتان قائمتان ثلاث مائة وستّون جزءًا وبهذه الأجزاء وضعت زاوية جيم زاي لام مائة وثلاثة عشر جزءًا.

= Ptolemy, al-Majisṭī (tr. Isḥāq b. Ḥunayn/Thābit b. Qurra) (A.1.2)

. A fragment from Chapters XI.5–6 (ff. 1r–4v) and two disjunct fragments from Chapter XIII.5 (ff. 5r–8v).