Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān, 33481

[Trimmed colour scanned images of the textblock and covers.]
Collection of seven works: Arabic. Date:



unknown; unkown scribe.


a statement of loan ‘amānat wālidh (?) sulṭan’ (1r) and a faded oval seal (1v).

Cod.: paper, 254+Ia ff. (unfoliated; catchwords). A single neat nastaʿlīq hand in black; mostly dotted ductus, occasional vowels, shaddas and hamzas. Rubrication with red ink or red overlines in the hand of the scribe. No tables, spaces left empty for all three horoscopes usually found in this commentary. In the non-Ptolemaic sections, several diagrams in red without labels, many spaces for further diagrams reserved. Dimensions: not provided; 21 lines per page (misṭara imprints, e.g., 230r). Codex in very good condition, occasional oil stains. Orange paper bookmarks glued on the margins of several pages. Red leather covers over paper pasteboards: front and back decorated with a blind stamped central mandorla and pendants, both filled with floral patterns (no gilding); doublure: reddish paper decorated with a regular geometric pattern in black and dark red. Type III binding.

Cont.: astrology, astronomy and optics. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–230r); Qusṭā ibn Lūqā, Kitāb al-ʿAmal bi-l-kurat al-falakiyya (= Risāla fī l-kurat al-falakiyya) (230v–242v); Abū ʿAlī l-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham, Masʾala fī khtilāf manẓar al-qamar (242v–243v); Ibn al-Haytham, first chapter of Maqāla fī Stikhrāj khaṭṭ niṣf al-nahār bi-ẓill wāḥid (244r–246v); Ibn al-Haytham, Qawl fī marāyā l-muḥriqa bi-l-quṭūʿa (246v–251r); Ibn al-Haytham, Risāla li-l-Shaykh al-Fāḍil ilā ʿAlī l-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham fī ʿamal dawāʾir ʿaẓām bi-āla ṣaghīra (= Risāla fī Barkār al-dawā’ir al-ʿiẓām) (251r–253v); al-Qūhī (or: al-Kūhī), Risāla fī Stikhrāj khaṭṭayn bayna khaṭṭayn ḥattā tatawālā l-arbaʿa ʿalā nisba wa-qismat al-zāwiya bi-thalātha aqsām mutasāwiya (253v–254r); a table of contents for ʿAlī b. Riḍwān’s commentary on the Tetrabiblos (254v).

Bibl.: Millī Library online catalogue:


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطليموس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فيول (كذا) إنّ القضايا بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعلميّ. — \230r\ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وما يليها والله يهدي من يشاء الى صراط مستقيم.

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

. — Title: Sharḥ Maqālāt (1r). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1v–22v; I.2 (=II), 22v–44v; I.3 (=III), 44v–61v; II.1 (=IV), 61v–81v; II.2 (=V), 81v–104v; II.3 (=VI), 104v–119r; III.1 (=VII), 119r–138v; III.2 (=VIII), 138v–159r; III.3 (=IX), 159r–182v; IV.1 (=X), 187v–200r; IV.2 (=XI), 200r–219r; IV.3 (=XII), 219r–230r. — Undated scribal colophon. Some marginal and interlinear corrections and additions especially on the first pages, mostly indicated by sigla kh and ṣḥ and referred to by Hindu-Arabic numerals. Collation notes (margins of 2r, 5r).