Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān, Ar. 946

[Colour scanned images of the textblock and covers.]
Collection of two works: Arabic. Date:

Monday, 16 Muḥarram 1274/7 September 1857.


unknown; unknown scribe.


a statement of purchase in Tehran dated 9 Rabīʿ al-ākhir 1316/27 August 1898 together with a religious seal (p. 2). A square seal of the Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi markazī-yi Īrān with date 7 Jūmāda al-thāniya 1316/23 October 1898 (p. 1); several newer square and round seals of the Millī Library, partially faded (for example, pp. 1, 2, 317). Old shelfmark: ‘31 Q’.

Cod.: western laid paper (six chain-lines in regular distance) with watermark (emblem with Latin cross, decorative outline and floral ornament on top, see p. I), III+325+Ia pp. (irregular and occasionally erroneous pagination with pencil in Hindu-Arabic numerals, with odd numbers corresponding to versos; no catchwords). A single, very clear naskh hand in black. Mostly dotted ductus; no indication of vowels or hamzas, occasional shaddas. Book and chapter headings in red, some empty spaces reserved for rubrication; ink partially erased and new text supplemented, apparently by the scribe. No tables; empty spaces reserved for horoscopes on pp. 266, 269 and 271. Dimensions: 205×300 mm, written area: 115×215 mm; 25 lines per page (misṭara imprints visible). Codex in very good condition, some small scorch marks. Cover in simple brown leather with grid pattern over paper pasteboards. Type III binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1–317); notes on astrology, including quotes from Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Kitāb al-Thamara (verba 77 and 31, here numbered 79 and 33) and Zarathustra’s Kitāb al-Mawālīd (pp. 318–319). The same combination of works is also found in the earlier MS Tehran, Majlis, 17286. Blank: pp. 320–325.

Bibl.: ʿAbdallah Anwār, Fihrist-i nusakh-i khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī, vol. VIII: Kutub-i ʿarabī az shumāra 501 tā 1000, Tehran: Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān, 1978 (2536 Sh.), p. 441; 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, pp. 973–974 (no. 24).

pp. 1–⁠317

\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. فنقول إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تُبنى عن مبادئ صادقة بالمنكوّبات المزمعة. — \p. 315\ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها و تأمّلها والله يهدي إلى صراط مستقيم.

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

. — Index: Book I.1 (=I), pp. 1–30; I.2 (=II), pp. 30–60; I.3 (=III), pp. 60–84; II.1 (=IV), pp. 84–111; II.2 (=V), pp. 111–141; II.3 (=VI), pp. 141–163; III.1 (=VII), pp. 163–[176]; III.2 (=VIII), pp. [176]–190; III.3 (=IX), pp. 190–218; IV.1 (=X), pp. 218–250; IV.2 (=XI), pp. 250–302; IV.3 (=XII), pp. 302–317. — Dated scribal colophon. Only very few marginal corrections. No glosses.