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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi markazi-i Dānishgāh-i Tehrān, 474

[Colour scanned images of the body text and covers,]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

completed in 1236/1820-1 (171r).


unknown, probably Iran; copied by Ḥusayn (171r).


two fainted oval seals (1r); seals of the Central Library of the University of Tehran (Ir, IIr, 1r, 3r, 5v, Iav); old shelfmark: 60 (Ir).


paper, II+171+Ia ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals at the top of verso folios; catchwords). A single small and readable naskh hand in black; book and chapter headings in red; the word qāla introducing text by Ptolemy and by ʿAlī b. Riḍwān in red. Inconsistently dotted ductus; no vowels or shaddas and minor hamzas. Minor tables and horoscopes. Dimensions: 31×20 cm, written area: 22×12 cm; 24 lines per page. Mold stains; minor ink smudges. Cover in green leather over paper pasteboards; blind-stamped medallion and pendants on covers. Type III binding.


astrology. — Index: a biographical note about Ptolemy and a table of contents (IIr-IIv); Ptolemaica (1v-171r). Blank: Iv.


Muḥammad Taqī Dānishpazhūh, Fihrist-i Kitābkhāna-i ihdāʾī-i Āqā Sayyid Muḥammad Mishkāt bih Kitābkhāna-i Dānishgāh-i Tihrān, vol. III/2 [=4], Tehran: Dānishgāh-i Tihrān, 1953 (1332 H.S.), pp. 862-63; 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. 973 (no. 17).


\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 تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمكونات المزمعة وذلك أن مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبين بعضها في العلم الطبيعي وبعضها في العلم التعالمي — \170v\ ⟨…⟩ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأملها والله يهدي من 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: Tafsīr Abī l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Riḍwān b. Jaʿfar al-mutaṭabbib li-Kitāb al-Arbaʿa Baṭlamiyūs al-Qalūdī fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (171r). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1v-19r; I.2 (=II), 19r-37r; I.3 (=III), 37r-50r; II.1 (=IV), 50r-64r; II.2 (=V), 64r-79v; II.3 (=VI), 79v-91r; III.1 (=VII), 91r-105r; III.2 (=VIII), 105r-120v; III.3 (=IX), 120v-137r; IV.1 (=X), 137r-149v; IV.2 (=XI), 150r-163r; IV.3 (=XII), 163r-171r. — Dated scribal colophon. Hardly any marginal corrections. Some additions in the margins in a nastaʿlīq hand. No glosses.