Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, private library of Khān Malik Sāsānī, 31

[Black and white scans of the Ptolemaic part only.]

Collection: Arabic. Date:

no clear date on the available scans; dated 607/1210-11 (Nashriyya), 617/1220-21 also possible (Kunitzsch, n. 11).


unknown; unknown scribe.


an ownership statement by Makkī ibn Muḥammad ibn Shams al-Dīn ibn al-Ḥasan ibn Zayn al-Dīn (p. 0), dated 1158/1745 elsewhere in the manuscript (Nashriyya), and twice his seal (p. 0); an ownership statement by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn ʿAlī ibn Muʾayyid, dated 910/1504-1505 (Nashriyya). The manuscript number given is that assigned by Nashriyya.


paper, 0+47 pp. (only the Ptolemaic part; we follow the pagination by Kunitzsch with European-Arabic numerals; no catchwords; quire numbers). A single clear naskh hand; mostly dotted ductus, no shaddas or hamzas, occasional tashkīl. Numerous diagrams. Codex worm-eaten and with considerable moisture damage, text nonetheless legible. 17 lines per page.


mathematics and astronomy. — Index: unknown, Kitāb fī ʿAmal muṣaṭṭaḥ yaqūmu maqām al-asṭurlāb fī ǧamīʿ al-ʿurūḍ wa-l-buldān (pages unknown); Ptolemaica (1-47); Kushyār ibn Labbān, Risālat Ṣanʿat al-asṭurlāb (pages unknown).


Nashriyya 5 (1968), pp. 114–115; GAS VFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. V: Mathematik bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1974, p. 170; Paul Kunitzsch, ‘The Second Arabic Manuscript of Ptolemy’s Planisphaerium’, Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 9 (1994), pp. 83–89, esp. pp. 85–86.

pp. 1–⁠47

\1\ قال إنّه لمّا كان من الممكن يا سورا وممّا ينتفع به في أبواب كثيرة أن يوجد في بسيط مسطّح الدوائر التي تقع في الكرة المجسّمة كأنّها مبسوطة. — \47\ ولا يكون في الأبعاد التي توجد على غير هذا المثال اختلاف.

= Ptolemy, Kitāb Tasṭīḥ basīṭ al-kura (A.6.1). — Title: Kitāb Baṭlamiyūs min ahl qalāwudiyya fī tasṭīḥ basīṭ al-kura, 1, 47. — Index: undated scribal colophon (p. 47); Some marginal corrections in a different hand (pp. 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 38, 46); notes in yet another hand (p. 3); statements of collation (pp. 17, 37, 47).