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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Princeton, University Library, Garrett 34Yq

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

Single work: Arabic. Date:

Friday 19 Dhū l-qaʿda 1324/4 January 1907.

Or.:

Iraq, probably Samawah, where the scribe lived during 1324/1907; copied by the Iraqi judge, poet and polymath Muḥammad b. Ṭāhir b. al-Ḥabīb b. al-Muḥsin b. al-Ḥusayn b. Turkī al-Faḍlī ⟨al-Samāwī⟩ (d. 1370/1950) (94r; on him, see his biography in the introduction to his Ibṣār al-ʿayn fī anṣār al-Ḥusayn, ʿalay-hi wa-ʿalay-him al-salām, ed. Muḥammad Jaʿfar al-Ṭabasī, Tehran: Markaz al-dirāsāt al-islāmiyya li-ḥaras al-thawra, 1419/1998, pp. 15-17).

Prov.:

From the books of the Iraqi religious scholar and poet based in Najaf al-Hādī ⟨bin ʿAbbās b. ʿAlī b. Jaʿfar⟩ Āl Kāshif al-Ghiṭāʾ al-Najafī (d. 1361/1942), ex-libris dated 1332/1913-14 (3r); acquired from Abraham Shalom Yahuda, 1942.

Cod.:

paper, 95 ff. (pagination in Hindu-Arabic numerals starting with p. 2 matching f. 3v; faulty foliation in Arabic-European numerals in pencil lacking foliation of the first folio; the foliation given here starts one folio before the foliation in Arabic-European numerals). A single formal small naskh hand with elements of nastaʿlīq in black ink with use of magenta and red; fully dotted ductus; chapter headings in black with a red overline and numbered with abjad numerals; the term faṣl is missing from chapter headings; new paragraphs pointed out with overlines; few shaddas, substantial hamzas, no vowels; abjad notation in black not consistently overlined; substantial diagrams and tables; all tables and diagrams are complete; diagrams in margin; text framed with double line in magenta with pagination on top of the frame. Few smudges. Dimensions: 280×202 mm, written area: 205×120 mm; 27 lines per page. No moisture or mold stains. Brown leather over paper pasteboards for upper and lower covers; blind-tooled and stamped; blue and burgundy marbled paper pastedowns (online catalogue).

Cont.:

astronomy. — Index: table of contents with scribal colophon by Muḥammad b. Ṭāhir b. Ḥabīb b. Muḥsin b. al-Ḥusayn al-Faḍlī (1v-2v); Ptolemaica (3v-94r). Blank: none.

Lit.:

Rudolf Mach, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts (Yahuda Section) in the Garrett Collection, Princeton University Library, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977, p. 420 (no. 4870); Mª José Parra, ‘A List of Arabic Manuscripts of Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī’, Suhayl 16–17 (2018–2019), pp. 251–322, here p. 286 (no. 70); Princeton University Library online catalogue: https://catalog.princeton.edu/catalog/5191108 [accessed on 24 November 2020].

3v‑94r

\3v\ ⟨…⟩ أحمد الله مبدء كلّ مبدء وغاية كلّ غاية ومفيض كلّ خير ووليّ كلّ هداية. وأرجو حسن توفيقه في كلّ بداية ونهاية. وأصلي على عباده المخصوصين بالعناية والدراية، سيما محمّدا وآله الموسومين بالنبوّة والولاية، المنقذين من كلّ عماية وغواية. وبعد: فقد كنت برهة من الزمان عازمًا على أن أحرّر لنفسي ولسائر طلبة العلم من الإخوان كتاب المجسطي المنسوب إلى بطلميوس القلوذي الذي هو الدستور العظيم لأصحاب صناعة الهيئة والتنجيم تحريرًا لا يفوته مقاصد ذلك الكتاب النظرية — \94r\ ⟨…⟩ يا في خاتمة الكتاب، قال: وإذا اتممنا جميع ما يفتقر إلى إرشاده من وجود ما يحتاج إلى وجوده وتصحيح ما يحتاج إلى تصحيحه إلا الشاذ بحسب ما وصل إليه علمي ومبلغ رائي وبقدر ما أعان الزمان عليه ودوّنا ما هو نافع في هذا العلم من غير أن قصدنا بذلك تكبرا أو افتخارا، فلنختم الكتاب. وأقول: وإذ وفقني الله تعالى لإتمام ما قصدته وإنجاز ما وعدته، فلأقطع الكلام حامدًا له على الآية ومصليا على جميع أوليائه، خصوصا على خاتم أنبيائه، والبررة من آله وأحبائه. ووقع الفراغ من نسخة في خامس شوال سنة أربع وأربعين وستمائة. تم تحرير أفضل العالم وأكمل بني آدم نصير الملة والدين الأستاذ القدوسي محمد بن محمد بن الحسن الطوسي لمجسطي بطلميوس.

= Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī, Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1250). — Title: Majisṭī (spine label). — Index: author’s preface, 3v; Book I, 3v-14r; Book II, 14r-22v; Book III, 22r-28r; Book IV, 28r-35v; Book V, 35v-43v; Book VI, 43v-51v; Book VII, 51v-59v; Book VIII, 59v-68r; Book IX, 68r-76v; Book X, 76v-79r; Book XI, 79r-84r; Book XII, 84r-88r; Book XIII, 88r-94r. — Authorial colophon dated 5 Shawwāl 644/13 February 1247. Dated scribal colophon. Statement of collation with an autograph copy by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī in the margin (94r). Marginal and interlinear corrections and additional readings from collation, frequently numbered, in the scribe’s hand. Few marginal glosses introduced by the term ḥāshiyya. Graph paper leaves pasted containing collations with Ṭūsī’s autograph, particularly conveying different versions of tables (in between ff. 8v-9r, 29v-30r, 37v-38r, 48v-49r, 69v-70r), in a different naskh hand with ruqʿa elements.