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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Or. Oct. 3031

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

Single work: Arabic. Date:

before 888/1483-4 from a statement of ownership (1r); the colophon is dated, but unfortunately the year is partially erased; the date may be 19 Dhū l-ḥijja 852?/22 February 1449? (299v).


unknown, probably Persian; unknown scribe.


undated statement of ownership by Awḥad b. Muḥammad b. Jamāl al-Balyānī? later al-Nasawī (fl. 9th/15th century, he is the author of Tuḥfat al-ikhwān fī l-asṭurlāb in MS Istanbul, Topkapı Sarayı, Ahmet III 3483; he should not be mistaken for the later Persian poet al-Awḥidī Balyānī; Balyān is some 100 km east of Shiraz); statement of ownership by the later judge of Istanbul and Edirne and bibliophile with a library of 7000 volumes ʿAbd al-Raḥmān b. ʿAlī b. Muʾayyad al-Rūmī al-Amāsī, known as Muʾayyad-zāde (d. 922/1516), dated 888/1483-4 in Shiraz where he had pursued his studies under al-Dawwānī (1r; on him, see EI2, vol. VII, p. 272); a teardrop-shaped seal erased with an inkblot and an additional unidentified circular seal (1r); an Ottoman seal with the tughra of sultan Ahmet III (d. 1143/1730) with motto al-ḥamdu li-Llāh alladhī hadānā li-hadhā wa-mā kunnā li-nahtadiya law-lā an hadānā Allāh (Q. 7:43) (1v); a seal dated ⟨1⟩282/1865-6 by al-Sayyid Muḥammad Tawfīq (2r; he was a professor known as Islāmbūlī in ⟨Dār⟩ al-Khilāfa al-ʿaliyya, i.e. Istanbul, from the ownership statement and seal with the same calligraphy in MS Dublin, Chester Beatty, Ar. 3575, f. 1r, dated 1298/1880-1).


laid paper, I+299+Ia ff. (foliation in Arabic-European numerals; catchwords on lower left verso folios, some trimmed). A single clear black naskh hand; ductus not consistently dotted; book headings in naskh in red; chapter headings in red introduced by the term faṣl; text quoted from Ṭūsī’s Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī introduced with formulaic qawlu-hu in red; text by Nīsābūrī introduced by formulaic aqūlu in red; but spaces for headings and the above formulae are mostly left empty after f. 125r; numerals in abjad notation in black with no overlines; no shaddas, hamzas or vowels. Substantial diagrams; diagram lines in black; abjad notation in diagrams in red; diagram labels in black and red; few tables; table lines in black; table headings in red and black; abjad notation in tables in red and black. Almost no moisture stains. Dimensions: not provided; 23 lines per page. Cover in brown leather over paper pasteboards; blind-stamped medallion on covers and flap; frame with four fillets; blind stamped decoration in corners. Type II binding.


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-299v). Blanks: none.


GAS VIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VI: Astronomie bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1978, p. 93. KOHD Digital: (Beate Wiesmüller) [accessed 27 November 2020]; scans available at Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative: [accessed 27 November 2020].


\1v\ السعد قرين من صدر كـلامه بالحمد لواهب السعادة واليمن رسيل من أعلق يمينه بشكر تمتري الزيادة فأحمده على ما أولانا من النعم ذات الطول والعرض وأشكره على أن جعلنا من الذين يتفكرون في خلق السموات والأرض حمدا يلوح على جياه الاعتراف وسومه — \299v\ ⟨…⟩ وهو عند الحكيم باطل بل التمس منه تعالى تثبيت ما خوّله وآتاه وإدامة ما خصصه به واستثناه وأن ينعم عليه لحظه فلحظه سعادة ويسرى ويجدّد له ساعة فساعة كرامة وبشرى ويرحم الله عبدا قال أمينا.

= Niẓām al-Dīn al-Ḥasan al-Nīsābūrī, Tafsīr Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1305). — Title: Sharḥ Majisṭī Nīsābūrī (1r and fore-edge flap). — Index: author’s preface, 1v-5r; Book I, 5r-59v; Book II, 60r-85r; Book III, 85r-116r; Book IV, 116r-132v; Book V, 132v-165r; Book VI, 165r-205v; Book VII, 205v-214r; Book VIII, 214r-220r; Book IX, 220r-238r; Book X, 238r-246v; Book XI, 246v-257r; Book XII, 257r-276r; Book XIII, 276r-299v. — Missing headings of Books V, VI, VII, VIII, IX. Dated authorial colophons at the end of every book, except Book XIII. Book I finished 2 Jumādā l-ākhira 703/19 January 1304; Book II completed 13 Jumādā l-ākhira 703/30 January 1304; Book III completed 1 Rajab 703/16 February 1304; Book IV completed 14 Rajab 703; Book V completed 5 Shaʿbān 703/21 March 1304; Book VI completed 7 Rabīʿ al-awwal 704/13 October 1304; Book VII completed 16 Rabīʿ al-ākhir 704/24 November 1304; Book VIII completed 3 Jumādā l-ūlā 704/10 December 1304; Book IX completed Jumādā al-ūlā 704/December 1304 or January 1305; Book X completed 7 Jumādā l-ākhira 704/13 January 1305; Book XI completed 18 Jumādā l-ākhira 704/24 January 1305; Book XII completed 6 Rajab 704/10 February 1305. Dated scribal colophon. Marginal corrections in the scribe’s hand; marginal collations in the hand of Awḥad b. Muḥammad b. Jamāl al-Balyānī in a cursive naskh hand with nastaʿlīq elements indicated with the undotted siglum khr; glosses by al-Balyānī introduced by aqūlu or aʿnī and indicated by a small circle, and sometimes with the name Awḥad (cf. 112r); marginal corrections in a different hand indicated by siglum ṣḥ (120r); paper leaves pasted with additional collations by al-Balyānī (143r, 146r, between ff. 156v-157r, 164v-165r). Some trimmed marginalia.