Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Istanbul, Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi, Ahmet III 3332

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

a Thursday evening in late Jumādā l-thāniya 692/May-June 1293 (110v).


Shiraz (?) (110v); unknown scribe.


an ownership statement by Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn b. Muḥammad b. Jamshīd, dated 785/1383-4 (1r). An illegible statement dated 16 Shawwāl 841/12 April 1438, erased and replaced by a Persian statement of purchase, also dated 841/1438 (1r). An undated ownership statement by ʿAlī b. Muḥammad al-Ḥāfiẓ al-Dāmghānī, who also owned MS Istanbul, Topkapı, Ahmet III 3329 (1r). A pointed oval seal with the tughra of Bāyazīd II (r. 1481–1512); the big round waqf seal of Sultan Aḥmet III (r. 1703–1730), and an unidentified calligraphic signature found in numerous manuscripts related to the Ottoman Palace Library (1r). Additional shelfmark: ‘hayʾa 44’; old shelfmark: ‘ʿayn 38’ (fore-edge flap).

Cod.: oriental paper, I+110+Ia ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals in pencil; quire numbers in abjad notation, separate pagination with Hindu-Arabic numerals only in the ninth quire (ff. 66–70); catchwords in the scribe’s hand at the end of quires from f. 72v onwards). A black angular naskh hand. Very neat and almost fully dotted script, hamzas and shaddas sometimes provided, occasional vowel marks in the hand of the scribe; additional vocalisation, shaddas and hamzas added by a reader, especially in the beginning. Book headings in black thuluth, chapter headings and paragraph beginnings rubricated. Chapter beginnings additionally introduced by overlined bold abjad numerals in black; subsections numbered with red overlined abjad numerals in the margins. Hindu-Arabic and abjad numbers in the main text mostly overlined and highlighted in red ink, thus visually separated from overlined black letters referring to geometrical points. Numerous diagrams, tables and a rosette (60r); diagram lines and geometrical points in black and red; tables with red lines, numbers and headers possibly by two different hands (cf. ff. 78r and 88r) in red and black. Codex in very good condition; minor damage caused by insects in the inner upper margins, not affecting the readability. Dimensions: 230×160 mm, width of the written area: 110 mm; 28 lines per page. Brown leather covers with fore-edge and envelope flap, decorated with frames and corner pieces, as well as a blind-tooled central mandorla with pendants (front and back covers) and a medallion (flap). Type II binding.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–110v). Blank: I, Ia.

Bibl.: Fehmi Edhem Karatay and O. Rešer, Topkapı Saraı Müzesi Kütüphanesi. Arapça yazmalar kataloğu, 4 vols, İstanbul: Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi, 1962–1969, vol. III, p. 768 (no. 7096).


\1v\ أحمد الله مبدأ كلّ مبدأ وغاية كلّ غاية ومفيض كلّ خير ووليّ كلّ هداية وأرجو حسن توفيقه في كلّ بداية ونهاية وأصليّ على عباده المخصوصين بالعناية والدراية سيّما محمّد وآله الموسومين بالنبوّة والولاية المنقذين من كلّ عماية وغواية. وبعد فقد كنت برهة من الزمان عازمًا على أن أحرّر لنفسيّ ولسائر طلبة العلم من الإخوان كتاب المجسطي المنسوب إلى بطلميوس القلوذي الذي هو الدستور العظيم لأصحاب صناعة الهيئة والتنجيم تحريرًا لا يفوته مقاصد ذلك الكتاب النظريّة — \110v\ يا، في خاتمة الكتاب قال وإذا تمّمنا جميع ما نفتقر إلى إرشاده من وجود ما يحتاج إلى وجوده وتصحيح ما يحتاج إلى تصحيحه إلّا الشاذّ بحسب ما وصل إليه علمي ومبلغ رأي وبقدر ما أعان الزمان عليه ودوّنّا ما هو نافع في هذا العلم من غير أن قصدنا بذلك تكبّرًا أو افتخارًا فلنختم الكتاب. وأقول وإذ وفّقني الله تعالى أيضًا لإتمام ما قصدته وإنجاز ما وعدته فلأقطع الكلام حامدًا له على الآية ومصليا على جميع أوليائه خصوصًا على خاتم أنبيائه والبردة من آله وأحبّائه.

= Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.18)

. — Title: Kitāb Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majiṣṭī fī l-hayʾa (1r, with ‘sharḥ’ inserted by a different hand). — Additional title: Kitāb Sharḥ Taḥrīr Majiṣṭī (fore-edge flap). — Index: author’s preface, 1v; Book I, 1v–18r; II, 18v–27v; III, 28r–35v; IV, 36r–41r; V, 41v–51v; VI, 52r–60v; VII, 61r–67v; VIII, 67v–75r; IX, 75v–88r; X, 88v–91v; XI, 92r–98r; XII, 98v–103r; XIII, 103v–110v. — Dated scribal colophon; date of the authorial copy added in the margin by a later hand (110v), which also left glosses and collation notes (e.g., ‘bulighat’ in the margin of f. 46r). This manuscript includes most of the glosses attributed to al-Ṭūsī himself, in the hand of the scribe mostly introduced by rubricated ḥāshiya (e.g., 76r), and in the hand of the collator without introduction (e.g., 52r). Further marginal annotations and substantial glosses in at least four different naskh hands. An additional diagram of the zodiac (margin of f. 35v) and minor marginal corrections in the hand of the scribe mostly indicated by siglum ṣḥ.