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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Landberg 132

[Colour scanned images of the body text, covers and binding‎.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

1 Rabīʿ al-awwal 626/28 January 1229 (116v).


Damascus (116v); unknown scribe. — The same scribe as MS London, British Library, Or. 7368, copied in Damascus in 628/1231 and containing Ibn Sīnā’s Sharḥ al-Majisṭī.


reading statements in the margins by an unknown ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. Abī l-Khaz al-Riyāḥī (5v, 13r, 14r, 44r, 54v, 56v, 66v, 74v, 75v, 78r, 99v etc.) dated 653/1255-6 in Damascus (13r); a statement of ownership of a certain al-Bās* al-Amīn in purple (1r); two additional fainted seals and one erased statement of ownership (1r); a partially erased statement of ownership by al-⟨Ma⟩wlā al-Fāḍil Abū l-Mayāmin (IVr), probably the Ottoman mufti and legist Muṣliḥ al-Dīn Musṭafā b. ʿAlī, known as Abū l-Mayāmin (d. 1015/1606; on him, see Ḥājjī Khalīfa, Sullam al-wuṣūl ilā ṭabaqāt al-fuḥūl, ed. E. İhsanoğlu and M. al-Arnāʾūṭ, 6 vols., Istanbul: OIC/IRCICA, 2010, vol. III, pp. 336-37, no. 4985); the two very frequent seals of the Ottoman bibliophile, collector and poet Ḥājji Muṣtafā Ṣidqī ⟨b. Ṣāliḥ⟩ (d. 1183/1769) (1r; for these two seals, see François Déroche, Islamic Codicology. An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Scripts, London: Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, 2005, p. 341, fig. 133); ex libris ‘Ex Biblioth. Regia Berolinensi’ in red (1r, 117v).


brown paper, IV+117+IIIa ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals; no catchwords). A single bold naskh hand in dark brown; book headings in bigger bold naskh in black overlined in red; sections introduced by a red overline or with formulae written in dark brown overwritten in red; mostly undotted and overlined abjad numerals in dark brown; overlined Hindu-Arabic numerals in dark brown; ductus inconsistently dotted without vowels, shaddas or hamzas. Substantial diagrams and no tables; diagram lines in red with abjad notation in dark brown. Dimensions: 213×152 mm, written area: 150×105 mm; 23 lines per page. Moisture stains; worm-eaten. Cover in dark brown leather over paper pasteboards; blind-stamped medallion and pendants on cover; frame with fillets. Type II binding.


astronomy. — Index: two tables with the abjad values in both the eastern and western systems, and a list of geocentric distances of the sun, moon and the vertex of the shadow cone (1r); Ptolemaica (1v-116v); two poems by Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d. 609/1209) and one by Ibn Sīnā (d. 428/1037) in a hand different from the main scribe (117r). Blank: none.


Wilhelm Ahlwardt, Verzeichniss der arabischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, vol. V, Berlin: Asher, 1893, p. 141 (no. 5653); SBB Orient digital: [accessed 27 November 2020]; Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative: [accessed 27 November 2020].


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو محمد جابر بن أفلح رحمه الله عليه: الحمد لله الأول بلا ابتداء والآخر بلا انتهاء الذي خلق الأشياء على غير نظير وقدرها بحكمته أحسن تقدير. وصلّى الله على محمد نبيه البشير وسراجه المنير الذي هدى به الخلائق وأبان به الحقائق. وبعد: فإن الله تعلى شرّف نوع الإنسان وفضّله على جميع أنواع الحيوان بالعقل — \116v\ ⟨…⟩ فلذلك تختل أيضا هذا الظهور الصباحي ويبطل وإذا كان ذلك كذلك فإن سائر الظهورات المسائية والصباحية في هذين البرجين احرى بأن يختل ويبطل وذلك ما أردنا أن نبين وهذه صورته. تمت المقالة التاسعة وبها تم الكتاب بعون الله وحسن توفيقه وصلى الله على رسله الكرام.

= Jābir ibn Aflaḥ, Iṣlāḥ al-Majisṭī (C.1.1125). — Title: Iṣlāḥ al-Majisṭī (1r). — Index: author’s preface, 1v-3r; Book I, 3r-17r; Book II, 17r-31v; Book III, 31v-38r; Book IV, 38r-51r; Book V, 51r-70r; Book VI, 70r-80r; Book VII, 80r-99v; Book VIII, 99v-106r; Book IX, 106v-116v. — A pasted paper (f. 4bis) with diagrams in a different hand between ff. 4v and 5r. Marginal corrections in the scribe’s hand; substantial glosses in various hands, including the scribe, mostly introduced by the term ḥāshiya; a marginal gloss in a Maghribī hand (43v). Trimmed marginalia.