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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Princeton, University Library, Garrett 3515Y

[Black and white microfilm scans, without covers or binding.]

Incomplete single work: Arabic. Date:

undated; 8th/14th or 9th/15th century (Mach).


unknown; unknown scribe.


seal of Sultan Bayezid II (r. 886/1481-918/1512) (3r; see François Déroche, Islamic Codicology. An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Scripts, London: Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, 2005, p. 337); two additional seals, one repeated twice dated 1116/1704-5 (3r); a partially erased and trimmed statement of ownership probably dated 1135/1722-3 (3r).


paper, 147 ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals; foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals starting on f. 2 of the foliation in Arabic-European numerals; here the foliation with Arabic-European numerals is followed; no catchwords; trimmed). A single very readable naskh hand in black, except for the last folio in a different smaller naskh hand; decorated title page; centered book headings; book and chapter headings in red; the words qāla Baṭlamiyūs and qāla l-mufassir introducing text by Ptolemy and by ʿAlī b. Riḍwān in red. Partially dotted ductus; occasional vowels, hamzas and shaddas. Minor tables and horoscopes. Dimensions: 25×17 cm, written area: 19×12½ cm; 25 lines per page. Substantial moisture stains; mold stains. Restorations on f. 2.


astrology. — Index: title page (3r); Ptolemaica (3v-146r). Blank: 1v-2v, 146v.


Rudolf Mach, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts (Yahuda Section) in the Garrett Collection, Princeton University Library, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977, p. 435 (no. 5050); Princeton University Library online catalogue: [accessed 27 November 2020].


\3v\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر الطبيب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل 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 — \146r\ ⟨…⟩ فإنك إن فهمتها وعملت بحسب ما فيها اقتدرت على أن يخبر بما يكون في العالم من قليل وكثير في كل يوم بإذن الله تعالى.

= 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 al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿa (3r). — Additional titles: Tafsīr al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿa li-Baṭlamiyūs fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (3r); Sharḥ Maqālāt Baṭlamiyūs fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-nujūm ʿalā l-ḥawādith (3r). — Index: I, 3v-27r; II, 27v-53v; III, 53v-75v; IV, 75v-99r; V, 99v-127r; II.3 (=VI), 127r-146r. — The first volume of a two-volume set. Undated scribal colophon. The last folio seems a later addition in a different and smaller hand. Marginal corrections; collations. No glosses. Marginalia in an additional hand (126r).