Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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

[Colour scanned images of the body text, no scans of spine or binding.]


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


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


a seal by a certain Muḥammad Ḥusayn (pp. 17, 99, 199, 299, 399, 499); 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); an illegible seal and the mention of a price ‘85’ (p. I); another unidentified seal (pp. III and 505).


very thin paper, III+509 pp. (paginated with pencil in Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms; catchwords). A small and neat naskh hand; chapter headings and paragraph beginnings in red (rarely with red overlines); mostly dotted ductus, no vowels, regular indication of isolated hamzas and shaddas. No tables in the Ptolemaic part. The three horoscopes usually found in this commentary are in red and black ink, with the houses separated by straight lines (p. 430) or arcs (pp. 435, 438). Very good condition, almost no damage of any kind. Dimensions: 212×149 mm (Danishpazhuh and Afshar); 21 lines per page (Eastern misṭara imprints). 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.


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 and 509 (except for some later calculations).


DanishpazhuhAfshar:1972, vol. I, p. 150. 

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 ⟨sic⟩ 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, Abū l-Ḥasan ibn ʿAlī al-Miṣrī, Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿ fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (C.2.1050). — Title: Madkhal Arbaʿ maqālāt (p. I). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1-47; I.2 (=II), 47-95; I.3 (=III), 95-133; II.1 (=IV), 133-178; II.2 (=V), 178-227; II.3 (=VI), 227-262; III.1 (=VII), 263-307; III.2 (=VIII), 307-352; III.3 (=IX), 352-401; IV.1 (=X), 401-441; IV.2 (=XI), 441-481; IV.3 (=XII), 481-504. — Heading for Book II.2 provided in the margin by a different hand; undated colophon at the end of Book II; undated authorial colophon and dated scribal colophon for Book IV. Some additions to the text in the margins 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.