Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Leipzig, Universitätsbibliothek, Cod. Arab. 88

[Color scanned images of the textblock and covers; inspected in May 2019.]
Single work: Arabic. Date:

unknown, probably 19th century.


unknown, probably Ottoman Empire; unknown scribe.


acquired in Istanbul between 1925 and 1931 by the German-Turkish scholar Oskar Rescher (d. 972). Modern stamp “Universitäts-Bibliothek Leipzig” (1r).

Cod.: machine-made paper with watermarks (Andrea Galvani Pordenone, produced in the province of Venice from 1838 to 1880), I+465+Ia ff. (unfoliated; catchwords on almost every folio). A single clear nastaʿlīq hand in black; regularly dotted ductus, hardly any shaddas or vowels, substantial hamzas. Chapter headings in red, paragraph beginnings partially highlighted (mostly by words or overlines in red). Substantial figures and tables in red and black. No damage of any type. Dimensions: 233×158 mm, written area: 175×100 mm; 23 lines per page (misṭara imprints visible). Full leather cover in reddish brown over paper pasteboards with fore-edge flap and envelope flap (spine restored); blind-stamped medallion in diamond shape on front and back cover; frame with fillets, gilding still visible on back cover; inside decorated with marble paper (very similar to the binding decoration of MS Vienna, ÖNB, Mixt. 1084 and MS Vienna, ÖNB, Mixt. 1085). Type II binding.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–464r). Inlaid sheet (f. 9bis) with sketches of diagrams in a different hand. Blank: 464v.

Bibl.: Qalamos: (with scans).


\1v\ الحمد لله الذي جعلنا من المتفكّرين في خلق السموات والأرض وألهمنا طريق معرفة مقادير حركات الأجرام النيّرة في الطول والعرض خلق سبع سموات طباقًا وجعل القمر فيهن نورًا وجعل الشمس— \464r\ الحمد لله أوّلًا وآخرًا وظاهرًا وباطنًا والصلوة والسلام على زيده الليالي والأيّام محمّد سيّد الثقلين وخير الأنام وآله الأخيار العظام وشيعته الأبرار الكرام وقد فرغت من تحرير هذا الشرح وتسويده وتصحيحه بقدر الإمكان. ضحوة يوم السبت في أوائل ذي الحجة إحدى وعشرين وتسعمائة من الهجرة النبوية وإنما العبد الفقير إلى رحمة ربّ الثقلين عبد العلي بن محمّد بن حسين روح الله روحه. م. م.

= al-Birjandī, Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.42)

. — Title: none [al-Sharḥ li-l-Taḥrīr (preface, 2v)]. — Additional title: Meǧisti Barǧandī (in pencil, Ir). Index: author’s preface, 1v–3r; Book I, 3r–76v; II, 76v–114v; III, 114v–156r; IV, 156r–182v; V, 182v–238v; VI, 238v–286r; VII, 286r–316r; ⟨VIII⟩, 316r–356v; IX, 356v–387r; X/XI, 387r–408v/397r–415v; XII, 415r–434v; XIII, 434v–464r. — Author’s colophon dated to a Saturday in the beginning of Dhū l-ḥijja 921; no scribal colophon. No marginal collations, glosses or reading statements, very few corrections in the hand of the scribe introduced by sigla or ṣḥ.