Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, hébr. 1100

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

ff. 1v–65v: 5140 Anno Mundi/1379-80 (colophon, 65v); 65v–163v: completed on Monday, 4 Sivan 5235 Anno Mundi/Wednesday, 10 May 1475 (colophon, 163v).


Calatayud (Spain); the first part copied by Ṭudrūs b. Mūsha b. al-Qusṭanṭīnī, and the second part (containing the star catalogue) by his grandson Ṭudrūs b. Mūsha b. Ṭudrūs b. al-Qusṭanṭīnī (colophon, 163v).


stamp of the Bibliothecæ Regiæ (IIIr, 163v); three old shelf marks ‘Codex Colbert 2159’, ‘Regius 96.3’ and ‘Heb. 440’ (IIIr).

Cod.: yellow paper, III+163+IIa ff. (Arabic-European numerals on the upper left rectos; book numbers I–XIII written out on the center top rectos in the scribes’ hands; no catchwords). Two different Sefardi hands. First hand (1v–65v): a cursive Sefardi in light brown; mostly dotted ductus, no shaddas; book titles (I to V) in bold blue or bold red. Second hand (65v–163v): a cursive Sefardi in dark brown; mostly dotted ductus, no shaddas; book titles (VI to XIII) in bold dark brown. In both parts chapter titles in bold brown, chapter numbers indicated with bold abjad notation in the margin. Substantial diagrams and tables, some tables incomplete; diagram lines, labels and abjad notation in the same brown ink as the main text; table headings in purple or red. Manuscript in very good condition. Dimensions: 240×345 mm, written area: 143×225 mm (estimated); 35 lines per page. Covers in brown leather with two rectangular-shaped ornament frames. Type III binding.

Cont.: astronomy. — Index: a long mathematical proposition in Judaeo-Arabic in two hands both different from the main text (IIIr); Ptolemaica (1v–163v). Blank: Ir–IIIv, Ia–IIa.

Bibl.: Hermann Zotenberg, Catalogues des manuscrits hébreux et samaritains de la Bibliothèque Impériale, Paris: Imprimerie impériale, 1866, pp. 202–203; Paul Kunitzsch, Der Almagest. Die Syntaxis Mathematica des Claudius Ptolemäus in arabisch-lateinischer Überlieferung, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1974, pp. 45–46, 371 et passim; Paul Kunitzsch, Claudius Ptolemäus. Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, 3 vols, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1986–1991, vol. I, pp. 6–8; Paul Kunitzsch, ‘The Role of al-Andalus in the Transmission of Ptolemy’s Planisphaerium and Almagest’, Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 10 (1995–1996), pp. 147–155, here p. 148; BnF archives et manuscrits:


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ גמל מא פי אלמקאלה אלאולי מן כטאב בטלמיוס אקלוד֗י פי אלתעאלים והו אלמערוף בכתאב אלמגסטי ארבעה֔ עשר נועא֞. אלאולי מנהא פי צדר אלכתאב. אלתאניה פי מראתב אנואע הדא אלעלם. אלתאלתה פי אן אלסמא כריה וחרכתהא איץ֗א כריה֔ — \163v\ אלי תקוימה ותץחיחה מנה ובקדר מא יכון מא דונאה מנה נאפעה פקט פי הדא אלעלם מן ע֗יר אן נלתמס בה אלתכבר ואלאפתכּאר פקד יליק ויחסן אן נגעל הדא אכּו אלכתאב.

\1v\ ⟨…⟩ جمل ما في المقالة الأولى من كتاب بطلميوس القلوذي في التعاليم وهو المعروف بكتاب المجسطي أربعة عشر نوعًا. الأولى منها في صدر الكتاب. الثانية في مراتب أنواع هذه العلم. الثالثة في أنّ السماء كريّة وحركتها أيضًا كريّة — \163v\ إلى تقويمه وتصحيحه منه وبقدر ما يكون ما دوّنّاه منه نافعة فقط في هذا العلم من غير أن نلتمس به التكبّر والافتخار فقد يليق ويحسن أن نجعل هذا آخر الكتاب.

= Ptolemy, al-Majisṭī (tr. Isḥāq b. Ḥunayn/Thābit b. Qurra) (A.1.2)

, in Judaeo-Arabic. — Title: Kitāb Baṭlamiyūs al-Qalūdhī fī al-taʿālīm (1v). — Additional titles: Almagestum (pastedown); Kitāb Baṭlamyūs al-mansūb ilā al-taʿālīm (1v, and in all further book titles); Kitāb al-Majisṭī (1v) and book titles I–V as an addition. — Index: Book I, 1v–11v; II, 11v–30v; III, 30v–41r; IV, 41v–56r; V, 56v–70v; VI, 70v–84r; VII, 84r–96v; VIII, 97r–109r; IX, 109r–124v; X, 124v–132v; XI, 132v–144v; XII, 145r–153v; XIII, 154r–163v. — Dated scribal colophon (163v). Marginal corrections in the same hands as the main text. Minor glosses in a different hand.