Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cairo, Dār al-kutub, akhlāq Taymūr 290

[Black and white microfilm scans of the body text without cover or binding, colour scanned images of the Ptolemaic section; inspected by Flora Vafea.]

Collection: Arabic. Date:

c. 600/1200 (King); 6th/12th c. (Sezgin).


unknown, by an unknown scribe.


a collation statement (p. 189); an illegible stamp (p. 369).


Oriental yellowish paper, 370 pp. (paginated with Hindu-Arabic numerals in pencil in the top outer margin of each page; pp. 45–46, 55–56, 286-287 and 356-359 missing; all pages from 196 onwards numbered one too low, corrected only up to p. 235 so that from there on recto pages have even numbers; some more pages lost before the insertion of the pagination, e.g. in the Ptolemaicum between pp. 303–304; catchwords, quire numbers in the top outer margin of the respective first recto folios, middle of the quires marked with hamza in the same position). One single clear black naskh hand; titles and textual dividers in red; mostly dotted ductus, some shaddas, hamzas only when without carrier, incidental vowels. Some glosses and marginalia (occasionally trimmed) by the main scribe and at least one further naskh hand. No diagrams. Some ink stains not hindering the reading except on the last six pages; damaged margins restored; binding reinforced with paper slips. Dimensions: 250×160 mm (King); written area c. 190×115 mm (estimated); 17 lines per page (Eastern misṭara imprints).


philosophy and astrology. — Index: index of the works included in the collection, not written by the main copyist (5-6); Yaḥyā b. ʿAdī (ed. Badawī: al-Ḥasan b. al-Ḥasan b. al-Haytham), K. fī Tahdīb al-akhlāq (7-61); Themistius, Qawl fī Tadbīr al-manzil (62-96); R. Dhamisṭiyyūs (i.e. Themistius) wazīr Āliyān (i.e. Julian the Apostate) (97-111); R. Aflāṭūn al-ḥakīm ilā Fū⟨r⟩fīriyūs fī ḥaqīqat nafī l-ghamm wa-ithbāt al-zuhd (112-123); a chapter entitled Qāla Fithāghūras (123); Hermes Trismegistus, R. al-Maʿānī (124-189); a sketched basmala (190); Mukhtaṣar K. al-Akhlāq li-Jālīnūs (191-235); Min Maqāla li-Jālīnūs fī anna quwā l-nafs tawābiʿ li-mizāj al-badan (235bis-242); Mukhtaṣar Maqālat Jālīnūs fī l-ḥathth ʿalā taʿallum al-ʿulūm wa-l-ṣināʿāt (243-247); Mukhtaṣar K. al-Tuffāḥa li-Suqrāṭ, defective (248-267); Ibn Sīnā, R. al-Ṭayr (270-276); fragments on Aristotle, allegedly by Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq (277-284); ʿAlī b. Ibrāhīm Kafarṭābī, R. fī Tashrīḥ, possibly an extract from his K. Tashrīḥ al-ʿayn (285-300); a short note (300-301); Ptolemaica (302-303); fragment of an unidentified work (304); some chapters on philosophy by Abū Sulayman ⟨al-Sijistānī⟩, defective (304-310); Min K. Ikhlāṣ ikhtiṣār al-Iskandar Abī Hayy⟨ā⟩n, but corresponding to sections of his al-Muqābasāt, defective (310-317); an unidentified philosophical Risāla, beginning and end missing (320-331); Min al-Maqāla al-ūlā min K. al-Tadbīr al-mutawahhid li-Abī Bakr al-Ṣāʾigh ⟨b. Bājja⟩ (332-345); Min K. al-Milla li-Abī Naṣr al-Fārābī, defective (346-369). Blank: pp. 1–4, 7, 268-269 (added folio), 318-319 (idem).


David A. King, Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿilmiyya al-maḥfūẓa bi-Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 2 vols, Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organisation, 1981–1986, vol. I, p. 621; vol. II, pp. 652–654; GASFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums, 9 vols, Leiden: Brill, 1967–1984, vol. III, p. 138; vol. IV, p. 44; vol. VII, p. 157; ʿA.R. Badawī, Dirāsāt wa-nuṣūṣ fī l-falsafat wa-l-ʿulūm ʿindā l-ʿArab, Bairūt: al-Muʾassasat al-ʿarabiyya li-l-dirāsāt wa-l-nashr, 1981, 183-211; Franco Martorello and Giuseppe Bezza, Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf ibn al-Dāya. Commento al Centiloquio Tolemaico, Milano / Udine: Mimesis, 2013, p. 35 .

pp. 302–⁠303

\p. 302\ ⟨…⟩ قال بطليموس قد يقدر المنجّم على دفع كثير من أفعال النجوم إذا كان عالمًا بطبيعة ما يؤثّر فيه الفعل. — \p. 303\ ⟨…⟩ وقال أحمد الفلاسفة يرون أنّ المحّبة والبغضة سنتين للنفس يمعنانها [بمعنانها MS] من حسن الاستبراء...

= Abū Jaʿfar Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf ibn Ibrāhīm ibn al-Dāya, Tafsīr Kitāb al-Thamara (C.3.0930), selection from a version with 100 verba, defective. — Title: Min K. al-Thamara li-Baṭlīmūs Sharḥ Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf al-Kātib (p. 302). No colophon. No marginalia. The selection contains Pseudo-Ptolemy’s verba 5 and 9 with their respective commentaries as well as the beginning of the commentary to verbum 12. At least one folio is missing after p. 303.