Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Najaf, Maktabat al-Imām al-Ḥakīm, 236

[Black-and-white photocopies of the textblock.]
Single work: Arabic. Date:

Book I finished on 25 Ramaḍān 1136/17 June 1724 (18r, next to the colophon), Book II on 8 Jumādā l-ūlā 1136/3 February 1724 (34v), Book III on 14 Ṣafar 1137/2 November 1724 (58v), and Book IV on 28 Rabīʿ al-awwal ⟨1137⟩/15 December 1724 (72v).


Qazvin, Iran (34v, 72v); copied by Mīr Ibrāhīm b. Mīr Sayyid Muḥammad al-Qazwīnī al-Ḥusaynī (18r, 34v, 58v, 72v).


Various endowment and library stamps all through the manuscript, some dated 1377/1957 (e.g., 1v).

Cod.: paper, 72 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals, with ‘19’ omitted; catchwords). A single very clear nastaʿlīq hand; numerous final hamzas and shaddas, maddas mostly indicated, frequent use of lām-alif mukhaffafa. Reserved spaces for rubricated chapter titles and paragraph beginnings; empty spaces for missing abjad notation in the body text (making, for example, the list of terms on f. 15v useless). No tables or diagrams. Two pages with fragments of different texts on the obverse of a book beginning (35r, 59r). Dimensions: 141×194 mm; 17 lines per page. Slightly damaged by insects, some moisture and ink stains; several pages repaired with pasted paper slips.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–72v).

Bibl.: GAS VIIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VII: Astrologie – Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1979, p. 43. Maktabat al-Imām al-Ḥakīm online catalogue: (no. 2586).


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ كتاب الأربع مقالات في الأحكام لبطليميوس إصلاح (كذا) حنين بن إسحق جمل ما في المقالة الأولى من هذا الكتاب في القضاء من النجوم على الحوادث. الباب الأوّل> في صدر الكتاب.— \72v\ وملائمتها للأشياء الجزئيّة على الأمر اللازم بحسب الحدس الكائن من النوع التعليميّ على امتزاج ذلك فإذا قد أتينا على القول في أمر المواليد على طريقة الجملة فأرى أنّه من الواجب أن أختم هذا الكتاب في هذا الموضع.

= Ptolemy, Kitāb Arbaʿ maqālāt (tr. Ibrāhīm ibn al-Ṣalt/Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq) (A.2.3)

. — Titles: Kitāb al-Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamyūs al-Qalūdhī (18r); Kitāb Baṭlamyūs al-Qalūdhī (34r); Kitāb Baṭlamyūs fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm (58v); Kitāb Arbaʿ maqālāt al- Baṭlamyūs (?) fī aḥkām al-qaḍāʾ fī l-nujūm (72v).— Index: Book I, 1v–18r; II, 18v–34v; III, 35v–58v; IV, 59r–72v. — All books concluded by authorial and dated scribal colophons. Very few marginal corrections, indicated by siglum . Substantial glosses at the beginning, quoting ʿAlī b. Riḍwān’s commentary on the Tetrabiblos (C.2.3).