Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Princeton, University Library, Garrett 3515Y

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

undated; 8th/14th or 9th/15th c. (Mach).


unknown; unknown scribe.


seal of Sultan Bāyazīd II (r. 1481–1512) (3r; see François Déroche, Islamic Codicology. An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Scripts, London: Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, 2005, p. 337); two additional seals, one repeated twice, dated 1116/1704-5 (3r); a partially erased and trimmed statement of ownership probably dated 1135/1722-3 (3r).

Cod.: paper, 147 ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals in pencil; earlier foliation with Hindu-Arabic numerals in pen starting on f. 3; no catchwords; pages trimmed). A single very readable naskh hand in black, except for the last folio in a different smaller naskh hand. Partially dotted ductus; occasional vowels, hamzas and shaddas. Decorated title page; centred book headings; book and chapter headings in red; the words qāla Baṭlamyūs and qāla l-mufassir in red. Minor tables and horoscopes. Dimensions: 25×17 cm, written area: 19×12½ cm; 25 lines per page. Substantial moisture stains; mold stains. Restorations on ff. 2 and 3.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: title page (3r); Ptolemaica (3v–146r). Blank: 1v–2v, 146v–147r, and presumably 147v.

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:


\3v\ [title] قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر الطبيب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إن القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تُنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكونات المزمعة وذلك أن مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبين بعضها في العلم الطبيعي وبعضها في العلم التعالمي — \146r\ فإنك إن فهمتها وعملت بحسب ما فيها اقتدرت على أن يخبر بما يكون في العالم من قليل وكثير في كل يوم بإذن الله تعالى.

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

. — Title: Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿa (3r). — Additional titles: Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿa li-Baṭlamyūs fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (3r); Sharḥ Maqālāt Baṭlamiyūs fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (3r). — Index: Book I, 3v–27r; II, 27v–53v; III, 53v–75v; IV, 75v–99r; V, 99v–127r; II.3 (VI), 127r–146r. — The first volume of a two-volume set. Undated scribal colophon. The last folio seems a later addition in a different and smaller hand. Marginal corrections; collations. No glosses. Marginalia in an additional hand (126r).