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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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London, British Library, Add. 7476

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

Single work: Arabic. Date:

undated; 10th/16th or 11th/17th century.


unknown, probably Persian; copied by Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Hamadānī (343r).


statement of ownership with the name erased, dating the purchase of the manuscript to 1080/1669-70 (343r); an octagonal seal by Claudius James Rich (d. 1822), dated 1812, with the famous quatrain by Saʿadī balagha l-ʿulā bi-kamāli-hi, kashafa al-dujā bi-jamāli-hi, ḥasunat jamīʿu khiṣāli-hi, ṣallū ʿalay-hi wa-āli-hi from the preface of the Gulistān (1v).


paper, II+343+IIa ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals in pencil; no catchwords). A single black cursive naskh hand; almost fully undotted ductus; book headings in cursive red or black naskh overlined in red; chapter headings in black overlined in red introduced by the term faṣl; numerals and abjad notation in black without overlines. No shaddas, hamzas or vowels. Substantial diagrams in red and black; few tables, table lines in black with abjad notation in red. Dimensions: 252×132 mm, written area: 195×90 mm; 23 lines per page. No moisture or mold stains. Covers in reddish leather over paper pasteboards with fillets. Type III binding.


astronomy. — Index: a text in Persian on computations regarding the months of the year (1r); Ptolemaica (1v-343r). Blank: flyleaves.


William Cureton and Charles Rieu, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo Britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, pars II, London: Curatorum Musei Britannici, 1852, p. 187 (no. CCCXCII); ‘British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Add. MS 7476’, in Qatar Digital Library, [accessed 27 November 2020].


\1v\ السعد قرين من صدر كـلامه بالحمد لواهب السعادة واليمن رسيل من أغلق يمينه بشكر تمري الزيادة فأحمده على ما أولانا من النعم ذات الطول والعرض وأشكره على أن جعلنا من الذين يتفكرون في خلق السموات والأرض حمدا يلوح على حياة الاعتراف رسومه — \343r\ ⟨…⟩ وهو عند الحكيم باطل باطل بل المتمس منه تعالى تثبيت ما حوله واناه وإدامة ما خصه به واستثناه وأن ينعم عليه لحظه فلحظه لسعادة ويسرى ويجدّد له ساعة فساعة كرامة وبشرى ويرحم الله عبدا قال أمينا.

= Niẓām al-Dīn al-Ḥasan al-Nīsābūrī, Tafsīr Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1305). — Title: Kitāb Sharḥ Sharḥ Majisṭī li-l-ʿallāma al-Nīsābūrī (1v, 343r). — Index: author’s preface, 1v-4v; Book I, 4v-64v; Book II, 64v-92r; Book III, 92r-125r; Book IV, 125r-142r; Book V, 142v-179v; Book VI, 179v-226r; Book VII, 226v-236r; Book VIII, 236r-243v; Book IX, 243v-265v; Book X, 265v-277r; Book XI, 277r-290r; Book XII, 290r-314r; Book XIII, 314r-343r. — Scribal colophon. Dated authorial colophons at the end of every book. Substantial marginalia, mainly glosses in the scribe’s hand. The manuscript does not seem to have been corrected or collated.