Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

_ (the underscore) is the placeholder for exactly one character.
% (the percent sign) is the placeholder for no, one or more than one character.
%% (two percent signs) is the placeholder for no, one or more than one character, but not for blank space (so that a search ends at word boundaries).

At the beginning and at the end, these placeholders are superfluous.

Qom, Kitābkhānah-yi ʿumūmī-yi Ḥadrat-i Āyat Allāh al-ʿuẓmā Marʿashī Najafī, 1176

[Colour scanned images of the textblock.]
Collection of five treatises: Arabic. Date:

part II finished in Muḥarram ⟨1⟩136/October 1723, part IV on 14 Dhū l-qaʿda 1137/25 July 1725, and part V on Friday, 16 Shaʿbān ⟨1⟩137/Monday (!), 30 April 1725.


unknown, part V copied in Isfahan (87v); part II copied by Manṣūr al-… al-Naẓarī, part IV by Muḥammad Bāqir b. Muʿizz al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Ṭalaqa (?), and part V by ʿAlī b. Muḥammad b. Amīr Ḥasan al-….


a square seal with a note dated Rajab 1151/October-November 1738 stating that Muḥammad ʿAlī received the book from his father Muḥammad Bāqir Mukabbir; this note is followed by an ownership statement of Muḥammad ʿAlī b. Muḥammad Bāqir Mukabbir with another square seal dated to the same year (1r). A rectangular seal with an ownership statement of Abū l-Qāsim b. Ḥasan in Isfahan and a short poem about the defeat of enemies in the same hand (1r). Two undated ownership statements by Muḥammad Ṭāhir Ḥusaynī and an oval seal ‘Muḥammad … al-ʿUlūm’ possibly accompanying these statements (1r); an oval seal attributed to a certain Mahr Yaḍwī (Ḥusaynī) (1r). A librarian’s stamp of inspection dated Rajab 1394/July-August 1974 (on numerous pages, for example, 1r, 81r, 87v).

Cod.: two types of paper (a thin paper with visible fibres for parts I, III, IV, and V and a slightly darker brownish paper for part II), 87 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms; catchwords apparently in the hands of the scribes). Five different hands in five parts. Part I (1v–16v): a clear black nastaʿlīq hand; mostly dotted ductus, hardly any vowels, no hamzas, and some shaddas; titles highlighted with black overlines, frequent reserved spaces. Part II (17v–50r): a neat naskh hand writing larger letters with a thick nibbed pen; almost fully dotted ductus, some vowels, numerous hamzas, and shaddas; formulaic expressions rubricated. Part III (50v–55v): a small naskh hand; mostly dotted ductus, hardly any vowels, some hamzas, and hardly any shaddas; peculiar use of elongated descenders; no rubrications. Part IV (56v–67r): a nastaʿlīq hand writing with a thick nibbed pen; mostly dotted ductus, some final vowels, some hamzas, no shaddas; some spaces for rubrication reserved. Part V (68v–87v): an angular nastaʿlīq hand with naskh influence; mostly dotted ductus, no vowels, numerous hamzas, some shaddas; single words bold and rubricated with red overlines. No tables and no horoscopes. Dimensions: 242×175 mm; respectively 25, 13, 21, 21 and 23 lines per page. Codex in very good condition, some water stains. Bound in a cardboard cover.

Cont.: astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v–16v); Shahīd Awwal Muḥammad b. Makkī ʿĀmilī, ⟨Risālaal-Taklīfiyya (17v–50r); Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad b. Jarīr al-Ṭabarī, Kitāb Dalāʾil al-imāmat (50v–55v); Muḥaqqiq Karakī ʿAlī b. ʿAbd al-ʿĀlī al-ʿĀmilī, Qāṭiʿat al-lijāj fī taḥqīq ḥall al-kharāj (56v–67r); al-ʿAllāma al-Ḥillī Ḥasan b. Yūsuf b. Muṭahhar, Īḍāḥ al-Ishtibāh fī asmāʾ al-ruwāt (68v–87v). Blank: 17r, 56r, and presumably 50v–51r and 67v–68r (no scans provided).

Bibl.: Aḥmad Ḥusaynī, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi ʿumūmī-yi Ḥadrat-i Āyatallāh al-ʿUẓmā Najafī Marʿashī, vol. III, Qom, 1975 (1354 H.S.), pp. 346–348; FankhāMuṣṭafā Dirāyatī, Fihristgān-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Īrān (Fankhā), 45 vols, Tehran: Library, Museum and Documentation Center of The Islamic Consultative Assembly, 20 2011, vol. XVIII, p. 974 (no. 27).


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة [عن] ⟨تنبئ⟩ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكنونات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعليميّ — \16v\ كان الاسم الواقع عليهما اسم الغالب فيهما كذلك فعل بطلميوس ⟨قال⟩ بطلميوس قال القدماء ان اثنتين من الكواكب ||

= ʿAlī ibn Riḍwān, Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿ (C.2.3)

. — TitleSharḥ Maqālāt arbaʿ fī l-qaḍāyā bi-l-nujūm li-Baṭlamyūs (1r). — Index: Book I.1 (=I), 1v–14r; I.2 (=II) (incomplete), 14r–16v. The text stops abruptly in Chapter 4 of Book I.2; a catchword on f. 16v indicates that the following folios are lost. Notes for missing rubrication (9r). Minor marginal corrections in the hand of the scribe mostly indicated by siglum ṣḥ and curved lines. Very few annotations in another black nastaʿlīq hand; no glosses.