Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna wa-mūza-yi millī-yi Malik, 3388

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

Saturday, 3 Rajab 1079/8 December 1668 (colophon, p. 306).


unknown, probably Persia; copied by ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Ḥusaynī al-Yazdī from a book in his possession (‘min kitābi-hi’, colophon, p. 306).


an oval seal by ʿAbd Muḥammad Mahdī al-Ḥusaynī (p. 306). Another oval seal ‘Ḥasan b. Ḥusayn Muḥammad al-Ḥusaynī (?)’ (p. III). A seal ‘Muḥammad Ḥusayn’ (pp. 17, 99, 199, 299). A small unidentified oval seal mentioning a certain ‘Muṣṭafā’ (p. I). At least two erased statements and a smudged unidentified seal in rectangular shape (p. III); the mention of an incomplete date ‘Friday 24’ (p. 307). A modern stamp with Roman letters ‘HM’ (pp. III and 307); a modern stamp of the Malik Library dated 17 Farwardīn 1331 hs (6 April 1952) together with a stamp of examination with year 1351/1972-3 (p. III); another round modern library stamp (p. 307). Old shelfmark: ‘477’ (p. I).

Cod.: paper, III+307+IIa pp. (paginated with pencil in Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms, at the top right of versos; catchwords). A small and neat naskh hand; mostly dotted ductus, hardly any vowels, very few isolated hamzas and shaddas. Lemmata and chapter headings in red. No tables in the Ptolemaic part. The three horoscopes usually found in this commentary are in red and black ink (pp. 263, 266, 268). Codex in very good condition apart from minor stains (e.g., pp. 4–7); some restorations of the edges towards the end (pp. 304–307). Dimensions: 26.1×20 cm; 23 lines per page (misṭara imprints, e.g., on pp. 1, 306). Bound in a reddish partial leather binding with fore-edge and envelope-flap. Doublures decorated with taraklı ebru. Type II binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1–306); Persian verses extracted from various poems (p. 307). Blank: pp. I, II (except for an old shelfmark and an unidentified seal).

Bibl.: Īraj Afshār and Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Malik wābasta bih Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, vol. I: Kitābhā-yi ʿarabī wa turkī, Tehran: Astān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, 1973 (1352 H.S.), p. 278; FankhāMuṣṭafā Dirāyatī, Fihristgān-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Īrān (Fankhā), 45 vols, Tehran: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of The Islamic Consultative Assembly, 20 2011, vol. XVIII, p. 973 (no. 12).

pp. 1–306

\p. 1\ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث فنقول أنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ على مبادئ صادقة بالمتكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعي وبعضها في العلم التعليميّ — \p. 306\ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأملها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط المستقيم.

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

. — Title: Sharḥ Arbaʿ maqālāt (Baṭlamyūs li-Abī l-Ḥasan b. Riḍwān) (p. III). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), pp. 1–32; I.2 (=II), pp. 32–64; I.3 (=III), pp. 64–89; II.1 (=IV), pp. 89–115; II.2 (=V), pp. 115–144; II.3 (=VI), pp. 144–164; III.1 (=VII), pp. 165–189; VIII (=III.2), pp. 189–217; IX (=III.3), pp. 217–246; IV.1 (=X), pp. 246–269; IV.2 (=XI), pp. 269–293; IV.3 (=XII), pp. 293–306. — Wrong titles for Chapters I.3 and III.3.; dated scribal colophon for Book IV. Some marginal additions to the text in the hand of the scribe, few corrections indicated by siglum ṣḥ; some annotations in a nastaʿlīq hand.