Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmī, 3789

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Single work: Arabic. Date:

29 Dhū l-qaʿda 1274/11 July 1858 (colophon, 199r).


unknown; copied by Masīḥ b. Muḥammad Bāqir al-Kamra.


an ownership statement of Muḥammad Sāliḥ al-Ṭabīb Sayyid Muḥammad Rafīʿ Ṭabīb dated 1275/1858-9, together with a small oval seal (Ir) ..

Cod.: paper, I+201 ff. (foliated with red Hindu-Arabic numerals in the upper left corners of rectos, with ‘188’ and ‘189’ skipped; catchwords in the hand of the scribe). A very clear naskh hand, most descenders with serifs . Dotted ductus, occasional vowels, regular indication of final hamzas and shaddas. Text enclosed in a red/blue double frame and an additional blue frame reserved for glosses. Book titles and explicits in thuluth script; chapter and paragraph beginnings highlighted in red ink, instructions for rubrications left by the main scribe, at times visible in the fold (e.g., ff. 3–9). Occasional catch titles in the margins, mostly rubricated and emphasized by thuluth script. Abjad notation in the main text with red overlines. Diagrams: the three horoscopes usually found in this commentary (168r, 170r, 171r), abjad notation in the horoscopes in red ink (only the planetary degree). Dimensions: 31×20.5 cm; 23 lines per page (Eastern misṭara imprints). Codex in very good condition. Bound in a plain brown leather binding with faded frames, doublures decorated with battal ebru (red, black and gold). Type III binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–199r); Arabic poems by Abū Nuwās (d. 198/814-5) and Abdullāh b. al-Zibʾarī (1st/7th c.) and a Persian poem by Saʿdī (d. 690/1291-2) (margins of 200v–201r). Blank: 199v–200r, 201v.

Bibl.: ʿAbd al-Ḥusayn Ḥāʾirī, Fihrist-i Kitābkhāna-i Majlis-i Shūrā-i Millī. Kutub-i khaṭṭī-i fārsī wa-ʿarabī wa-turkī, vol. X/4, Tehran: Maǧlis-i Šūrā-i Millī, 1973 (1352 H.S.), pp. 1775–1776 (reprint: vol. VI, pp. 4816–4817); FankhāMuṣṭafā Dirāyatī, Fihristgān-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Īrān (Fankhā), 45 vols, Tehran: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of The Islamic Consultative Assembly, 20 2011, vol. XVIII, p. 973 (no. 23). Majlis Library online catalogue: (currently unavailable).


\Iv\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي ⟨أ⟩شياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعليميّ. — \199r\ فهذه ⟨أ⟩شياء قد شرّحتها لك فامعن ⟨sic⟩ النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

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

. — Title: Tafsīr Abī l-Ḥasan ʿAlī bin Riḍwān b. Jaʿfar al- Ṭabīb li-Kitāb Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamiyūs al-Qalūdhī fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (199r). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), Iv–19r; I.2 (=II), 19r–39r; I.3 (=III), 39r–54r; II.1 (=IV), 54r–71v; II.2 (=V), 71v–90r; II.3 (=VI), 90r–104r; III.1 (=VII), 104v–120r; III.2 (=VIII), 120r–137r; III.3 (=IX), 137r–156v; IV.1 (=X), 156v–172r; IV.2 (=XI), 172r–190r; IV.3 (=XII), 190r–199r. — Book IV with authorial colophon and dated scribal colophon. Marginal corrections indicated by siglum ṣḥ. Several interlinear and marginal annotations, as well as glosses in other hands. Numerous undated collation notes in the margins (e.g., 9r, 14r, 18r, etc.).