Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna wa-mūza-yi millī-yi Malik, 3432

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5 Rajab 1228/4 July 1813 (colophon, p. 504).


the Kāssah Garān Madrasa in Isfahan; copied by ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. Qāyinī (colophon, p. 504).


a seal by a certain Muḥammad Ḥusayn (pp. 17, 99, 199, 299, 399, 499). An illegible seal and the mention of a price ‘85’ (p. I); another unidentified seal (pp. III and 505). A modern stamp of the Malik Library dated 17 Farwardīn 1331 hs (6 April 1952) together with a stamp of examination dated 1351/1972-3 (p. III).

Cod.: very thin paper, III+509 pp. (paginated with pencil in Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms; catchwords). A small and neat naskh hand; mostly dotted ductus, no vowels, regular indication of isolated hamzas and shaddas. Chapter headings and paragraph beginnings in red (rarely with red overlines). No tables in the Ptolemaic part. The three horoscopes usually found in the Ptolemaic work are in red and black ink, with the houses separated by straight lines (p. 430) or arcs (pp. 435, 438). Dimensions: 21.2×14.9 cm; 21 lines per page (Eastern misṭara imprints). Codex in very good condition, hardly any damage of any kind. Regularly bound in quaternions in a black leather binding, cover decorations with gilded onlays in the form of a central mandorla and pendant; red link-stich sewing (two stations) with a yellow thread for head- and endband. Type III binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1–504); a table of terms with corresponding zodiacal signs according to Ptolemy (p. 507). Blank: pp. II, 505–506, 508, 509 (except for some later calculations).

Bibl.: Īraj Afshār and Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Malik wābasta bih Āstān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, vol. I: Kitābhā-yi ʿarabī wa turkī, Tehran: Astān-i Quds-i Raḍawī, 1973 (1352 H.S.), p. 150. 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. 15). Agha Bozorg database:تفسير-الاربع-مقالات.

pp. 1–⁠504

\p. 1\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب قصدنا أن نشرح أقاوئل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكوّنات (كذا) مزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التع⟨ا⟩لميّ. — \p. 504\ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

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

. — Title: Madkhal Arbaʿ maqālāt (p. I). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), pp. 1–47; I.2 (=II), pp. 47–95; I.3 (=III), pp. 95–133; II.1 (=IV), pp. 133–178; II.2 (=V), pp. 178–227; II.3 (=VI), pp. 227–262; III.1 (=VII), pp. 263–307; III.2 (=VIII), pp. 307–352; III.3 (=IX), pp. 352–401; IV.1 (=X), pp. 401–441; IV.2 (=XI), pp. 441–481; IV.3 (=XII), pp. 481–504. — Heading for Book II.2 provided in the margin by a different hand. Undated scribal colophon at the end of Book II.3; undated authorial colophon and dated scribal colophon for Book IV.3. Some marginal additions to the text in the hand of the scribe; few corrections indicated by siglum ṣḥ; some collation notes in a different hand, probably the one providing the heading for Book II.2 (e.g., pp. 23, 34); some annotations in nastaʿlīq hands.