Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmī, 6977

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

copied within two months and finished on 14 Rajab 1271/2 April 1855 (1r and colophon, 211r).


Mashhad; copied by a certain ʿAbd Allāh.


a seal by Muḥammad Ḥusain ʿAbd Allāh (1r).

Cod.: paper, 212 ff. (unfoliated; catchwords in the hand of the scribe). A very clear naskh hand, at times with elongated bowls. Dotted ductus without tashkīl, hamzas frequently indicated, no shaddas. Text inserted in a pink double frame reserved for glosses. Rubrications in pink, headings additionally emphasised by thuluth script (spaces for these reserved from f. 34r onwards) and Ptolemaic text sections marked with blue over-lines. Notes summarising the contents in the hand of the scribe in the upper left corner of most rectos. Diagrams: the three horoscopes usually found in this commentary (179r, 180r, 181v). Dimensions: 24.2×17.5 cm; 21 lines per page (Eastern misṭara imprints). Codex in very good condition. Bound in a plain brown goat leather binding with a simple frame. Type III binding.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–211r); inlaid blue slip of paper, illegible on the scans (125bis). Blank: 211v–212r.

Bibl.: Jaʿfar Ḥusaynī Ishkawarī, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-i Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmī, vol. XX, Tehran: Kitābkhāna, Mūza wa markaz asnād-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmi, 2010 (1389 H.S.), pp. 377–378 (reprint: vol. IX, p. 7750). Majlis Library Online Catalogue: (currently unavailable).


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ 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 تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء صادقة تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعليميّ — \211r\ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فامعن (كذا) النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

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

. — Title: Kitāb Sharḥ Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamyūs (1r). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), 1v–21r; I.2 (=II), 21r–40v; I.3 (=III), 40v–56r; II.1 (=IV), 56v–74r; II.2 (=V), 74r–93v; II.3 (=VI), 93v–108v; III.1 (=VII), 108v–124v; III.2 (=VIII), 124v–143r; III.3 (=IX), 143r–165v; IV.1 (=X), 165v–182v; IV.2 (=XI), 182v–200v; IV.3 (=XII), 200v–211r. — Book IV with authorial colophon and dated scribal colophon. Minor marginal corrections by the scribe; substantial annotations in other hands (e.g., 39r). An annotation in Persian on f. 131r gives an extensive personal report on the outbreak of cholera in Iran and Iraq and the consequences for the annotator’s family (cf. the online catalogue).