Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Rampur, Raza Library, Arabic 2906

[Colour scanned pictures of the body text (with the outer margins cut off) and covers.]

Collection of 16 works: Arabic. Date:

before 1265/1848-9 (cf. Prov.); 13th/19th c. (ʿArshī).


unknown, by an unknown scribe


a seal by a certain Mūsawī dated 1265/1848-9 bearing the formula ẓafira Mahdī (p. 1); a stamp also found in Rampur, Raza Library, Arabic 4188, 1r and 94v (pp. I, 1, 312); old shelfmark 3227 (pp. I, 1); statement that the manuscript was received by the Raza Library on 16 May 1912 (p. I); accession number 3447 (ʿArshī).


thin paper, I+312 pp. (paginated with Hindu-Arabic numerals in pencil at the top centre of each page, no catchwords). A single clear naskh hand with nastaʿlīq influence; red for titles, chapter headings and some formulaic expressions (in the Ptolemaicum: red kalima with Hindu-Arabic verbum number in black above); mostly dotted ductus with hamzas, some shaddas and vowels. Text framed in gold, red and blue (except pp. 311–312); headpieces for every treatise, completed only on pp. 2 and 19 with floresque ornaments in various colours. Codex in good condition; slightly damaged by insects, repaired with brown tape; some stains caused by moisture and possibly fire. Dimensions: 192×135 mm (ʿArshī); 11 lines per page. Rebound in modern red fabric binding, title majmūʿat al-rasāʾil on the spine. Type III binding.


philosophy, meteorology and astrology. — Index: index of the collection, omitting the Ptolemaicum (p. I); Pseudo-Aristotle, Mukhtaṣar Kitāb al-Nafs (Daiber, p. 30, no. 27) (pp. 2–17); (Pseudo?)-Alexander of Aphrodisias, Maqāla fī l-ʿAql ʿalā raʾy Arisṭāṭālīs (pp. 19–27); Alexander of Aphrodisias, Maqāla fī l-Qawl fī mabādiʾ al-kull ʿalā raʾy Arisṭāṭālīs (Daiber, p. 30, no. 30) (pp. 29–51); min Kalām Arisṭūṭālīs fī l-ruʾyā (a pseudepigraph, cf. Daiber, p. 31, no. 42), with some verses by Abū l-Fatḥ ʿAlī ibn Muḥammad al-Bustī (pp. 53–58); Pseudo-Aristotle, Masāʾil ṭabīʿ iyya (Daiber, pp. 27–28, no. 9) (pp. 59–78); Pseudo-Aristotle, Ādāb, with some verses by al-Bustī (pp. 79–87); Pseudo-Aristotle, Mukhtaṣar al-Qawl fī al-nafs (Daiber, p. 27, no. 7) (pp. 89–96); Polemon, Maqāla fī l-Ṭabāʾiʿ (Daiber, p. 27, no. 8 bis) (pp. 97–119); Theophrastus, Meteorology (Daiber, p. 27, no. 3) (pp. 121–153); (Pseudo?‑)Thābit ibn Qurra, Masāʾil jamaʿahā min Arisṭāṭālīs wa-ghayrihī (pp. 155–180); Shahāb al-Dīn Suhrawardī, Risāla fī waṣf al-ʿuqūl (pp. 181–190); min Wāridāt al-ʿārif Bābā Ṭāhir ʿUryān Hamadān (pp. 192–213); Pseudo-Aristotle, Asʾila maʿa l-ajwiba (pp. 215–225); Pseudo-Aristotle, Kitāb al-Zabarjad wa-l-yāqūt (pp. 227–273); a short note by a different hand (p. 274); Pseudo-Plato, Risāla fī l-radd ʿalā man qāla innā l-insān idhā māta fāta (pp. 275–281); Ptolemaica (pp. 281–312). Blank: pp. 1, 18, 28, 52, 88, 120, 154, 191, 214, 226.


Imtiyāz ʿAlī ʿArshī, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in Raza Library, Rampur, Vol. V: Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Science, Agriculture, Occult Sciences, Ethics & Politics, Education & Military Science, Rampur: Raza Library, 1975, pp. 478–479 (no. 2906); Handlist of Arabic Manuscript in the Raza Library, unpublished, nos. 3751, 4839, 4841, 4845, 4847, 4851, 4852, 4853, 4854, 4861, 4864, 4865, 4935, 4957, 5807, 6019; Hans Daiber, ‘New Manuscript Findings from Indian Libraries’, Manuscripts of the Middle East 1 (1986), pp. 26–48.

pp. 281–⁠312

\281\ مطلع كتاب الثمرة لبطلميوس الحكيم تمام الكتب الأربعة التي ألّفها في الأحكام لسورس تلميذه قال بطلميوس قد قدّمنا لك يا سورس كتبًا فيما يؤثّره الكواكب في علم التركيب كثير المنفعة في تقدمة المعرفة وهذا الكتاب ثمرة ما اشتملت عليه تلك الكتب وما خلّص عن التجربة منها وليس يصل إلى معرفته من لم يمعن النظر فيما قدّمنا قبله وفي علوم أخر من العلوم الرياضيّة فكن به سعيدًا. — \311\ ⟨…⟩ وإذا وجد ذو الذواية [!sic] يسير سيرة أبدًا يكون من المغرب إلى المشرق فإنّ الخارجيّ \312\ يأتي من بعيد إلى الإقليم فإن لم يكن سائرًا فإن الخارجيّ من حضرة ذلك الإقليم.

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Kitāb al-Thamara (B.1.1), version with 102 verba. — Title: None. — Index: introduction and author’s preface, p. 281; 102 verba, pp. 281–312. — Short scribal colophon. Very few marginal and interlinear corrections, one introduced by fī nuskha. Very few marginal notes in Persian in a different hand. Verba 99 and 100 (here 101 and 102) subsumed under a single verbum (101).