Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān, Ar. 1729

[Trimmed colour scanned images of the textblock and covers.]
Single work: Arabic. Date:

12 Shaʿbān 1122/6 October 1710 (p. 470).


unknown; copyist’s name in the colophon erased (p. 470).


at least three ownership statements erased and faded, one of which was apparently dated 1249/1833-4 (I). A stamp by Ismāʿīl Amīrkhīzī (p. 1), probably the writer and leader of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution (d. 1965).

Cod.: paper, I+471 pp. (paginated with even Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms, on every recto; catchwords in the hand of the scribe). A single neat nastaʿlīq hand in black. Mostly dotted ductus; some vowels, very few shaddas and frequent indication of final hamzas and maddas. Book and chapter titles and paragraph beginnings rubricated. Abjad notation in the main text not highlighted. No tables or diagrams; blank spaces reserved for all three horoscopes usually found in this commentary (pp. 390, 395, 398). Dimensions: 26.5×15.5 cm; written area: 19×10 cm; 25 lines per page (misṭara imprints). Codex in good condition, minor ink smudges and occasional moisture stains (esp. on the covers), restorations with pasted slips of paper (p. I). Red leather covers over paper pasteboards, decorated with a golden frame; doublure in brown leather, cover with fore-edge and envelope flap. Type II binding.

Cont.: astrology.— Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1–470); a scholium, probably on Book II of the Tetrabiblos (p. 471).

Bibl.: ʿAbdallah Anwār, Fihrist-i nusakh-i khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī, vol. X: Kutub-i ʿarabī az shumāra-yi 1501 tā 1975 wa-ḍamīma az F 3064 tā F 3083, Tehran: Kitābkhāna-yi Millī, 1979 (1358 H.S.), pp. 314–315; 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. 13). Millī Library online catalogue:

pp. 1–⁠470

\p. 1\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث فتقول إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مباديها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في علم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعليميّ. \p. 470\ 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: Sharḥ Aqāwīl Baṭlamiyūs (spine). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), pp. 1–40; I.2 (=II), pp. 40–86; I.3 (=III), pp. 86–113; II.1 (=IV), pp. 113–153; II.2 (=V), pp. 153–195; II.3 (=VI), pp. 195–226; III.1 (=VII), pp. 227–266; III.2 (=VIII), pp. 266–310; III.3 (=IX), pp. 310–361; IV.1 (=X), pp. 361–401; IV.2 (=XI), pp. 401–445; IV.3 (=XII), pp. 445–470. — Dated scribal colophon. Very few marginal corrections and additions, at times in the scribe’s hand and mostly indicated by sigla and ṣḥ. A gloss quoting ʿUmar b. al-Farrukhān al-Ṭabarī (thus referring to a different translation of the Tetrabiblos, A.2.1) (p. 200).