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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Istanbul, Millet Kütüphanesi, Ali Emiri 2742

[Colour scanned images of the body text, without covers or binding.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

completed on 10 Rabīʿ al-awwal 894/11 February 1489 (192v).


unknown; copied by Muḥammad b. ʿAbd Allāh al-Shujāʿī al-Fārisī (192v).


an undated statement of ownership by Shihāb al-Dīn ʿAlī al-Ḥasanī al-Ḥusaynī al-Ṭabāṭabaʾī (1r); a partially erased statement of ownership dated 1277/1860-1 (1v); a note in Persian partially affected by restorations containing the date of Muḥarram 892?/January 1497? or more likely Muḥarram 1192/February 1778 (192v); a note in Persian partially affected by restorations dated Muḥarram (192v); three seals, one oval partially erased and two square and fainted (1v); two additional seals, one oval and one square (192v); a seal of the ʿAlī Amīrī collection (3r); old shelfmarks: 25, 83, 66 hayʾa (58), 1171, 92 ḥ (inside cover).


paper, 192 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals; catchwords). A single very readable naskh hand in black; book headings in red and chapter headings in bold black; the words qāla Baṭlamiyūs and qāla l-mufassir introducing text by Ptolemy and by ʿAlī b. Riḍwān in red. Almost fully dotted ductus; almost no vowels, hamzas or shaddas. Minor tables and horoscopes. Dimensions: not provided; 25 lines per page. Substantial moisture stains; mold stains; minor ink smudges. Restorations particularly on ff. 1 and 192, only affecting the last six bottom lines of f. 192r and notes in the margins of ff. 1r and 192v.


astrology. — Index: title page with notes in Persian and Arabic (1r); Ptolemaica (1v-192v). Blank: none.


Paul Kunitzsch, Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-musawwara fī Maʿhad Iḥyāʾ al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿArabīya, juzʾ III: al-ʿulūm, qism 1: al-falak, al-tanjīm, al-mīqāt, Cairo: Arab League‎, 1958, p. 71.


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إن القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تُنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكونات المزمعة وذلك أن مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبين بعضها في العلم الطبيعي وبعضها في العلم التعالمي — \192v\ ⟨…⟩ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأملها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى صراط مستقيم.

= ʿAlī ibn Riḍwān‎‎, Abū l-Ḥasan ibn ʿAlī al-Miṣrī, Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿ fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (C.2.1050). — Title: Kitāb al-Qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith fī-hi al-arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamiyūs mashrūḥa, sharḥ Abī l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Riḍwān b. ʿAlī b. Jaʿfar al-Mutaṭabbib (1r). — Additional titles: Sharḥ Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamiyūs fī l-nujūm (1r); Tafsīr Abī l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Riḍwān b. Jaʿfar al-mutaṭabbib li-Kitāb al-Arbaʿa Baṭlamiyūs al-Falūdī fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (192v). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1v-19r; I.2 (=II), 19r-36v; I.3 (=III), 36v-51r; II.1 (=IV), 51r-67v; II.2 (=V), 67v-86r; II.3 (=VI), 86r-99v; III.1 (=VII), 99v-116r; III.2 (=VIII), 116r-133v; III.3 (=IX), 133v-152v; IV.1 (=X), 152v-166v; IV.2 (=XI), 167r-183r; IV.3 (=XII), 183r-192v. — Dated scribal colophon. Book I.3 (=III) is mistakenly numbered as Book II (36v), and Book III.3 (=IX) as Book IV (133v), although the manuscript appears to be correctly arranged. Occasional marginal corrections and glosses in different hands.