Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

_ (the underscore) is the placeholder for exactly one character.
% (the percent sign) is the placeholder for no, one or more than one character.
%% (two percent signs) is the placeholder for no, one or more than one character, but not for blank space (so that a search ends at word boundaries).

At the beginning and at the end, these placeholders are superfluous.

Princeton, University Library, Garrett 3517Y

[Black-and-white microfilm scans of the textblock.]
Single work: Arabic. Date:

completed in Rabīʿ al-awwal 1133/January 1721 (257r).


Qazvin, copied in the Dār al-sulṭa (257r); copied by Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn ⟨b.⟩ Shāh-Naẓar ⟨ʿAlī⟩ al-Ṭāliqānī (257r); another work copied by him is listed by al-ʿAllāma Aghā Buzurg al-Ṭihrānī, al-Dharīʿa ilā taṣānīf al-shīʿa, 2nd ed., Bayrūt: Dār al-aḍwāʾ, 1983, vol. XX, p. 185.


statement of ownership by Muḥammad Ismāʿīl dated 19 Rajab 1341/7 March 1923 (1r). Old shelfmark: ‘Y49’ (inside front cover).

Cod.: paper, 257 ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals; catchwords). A single very readable naskh hand in black. Fully dotted ductus; occasional vowels, substantial hamzas, and hardly any shaddas. Book and chapter headings in red; the word qāla introducing text by Ptolemy and by ʿAlī b. Riḍwān in red. Minor tables and horoscopes. Dimensions: 259×167 mm, written area: 187×103 mm; 23 lines per page. Moisture and mold stains; minor restorations. Upper cover in red leather over paper pasteboard with guilloche outer border; marbled paper in the inside covers (PUL Catalog).

Cont.: astrology. — Index: title page (1r); Ptolemaica (1v–257r). Blank: none.

Bibl.: Rudolf Mach, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts (Yahuda Section) in the Garrett Collection, Princeton University Library, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977, p. 435 (no. 5050); PUL Catalog:


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إن القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تُنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكونات المزمعة وذلك أن مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبين بعضها في العلم الطبيعي وبعضها في العلم التعالمي — \257r\ فهذا أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم الله النظر فيها وتأملها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

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

. — Title: Sharḥ Kitāb al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿa (1r). — Additional titles: Tafsīr Abī l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Riḍwān b. Jaʿfar al-mutaṭabbib li-Kitāb al-Arbaʿa li-Baṭlamiyūs al-Qalūdī fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (257r). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), 1v–25r; I.2 (=II), 25r–50r; I.3 (=III), 50v–69r; II.1 (=IV), 69r–91r; II.2 (=V), 91r–115r; II.3 (=VI), 115r–133r; III.1 (=VII), 133r–154v; III.2 (=VIII), 154v–178r; III.3 (=IX), 178r–204r; IV.1 (=X), 204r–223v; IV.2 (=XI), 223v–245r; IV.3 (=XII), 245r–257r. — Minor marginal corrections; hardly any collations. No glosses. Occasional red labels describing the topic in the margin. A table of contents of Book III.1 in the margin (133r).