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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Leipzig, Universitätsbibliothek, Cod. Arab. 88

[Color scans of the body text and covers; no images of cover spine or binding; cursory inspection of the manuscript in May 2019.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

unknown, probably 19th century.


unknown, probably Ottoman Empire; unknown scribe.


acquired in Istanbul between 1925 and 1931 by the German-Turkish scholar Oskar Rescher (d.1972), modern stamp “Universitäts-Bibliothek Leipzig” (1r).


machine-made paper with watermarks (Andrea Galvani Pordenone, produced in the province of Venice 1838-1880), I+465+Ia ff. (without foliation; catchwords on verso pages of almost every folio). A single clear nastaʿlīq hand in black; chapter headings in red, paragraph beginnings partially highlighted (mostly by words or overlines in red); regularly dotted ductus, almost no shaddas and vowels, substantial hamzas. Substantial figures and tables in red and black. No damage of any type. Dimensions: 233×158 mm; written area: 175×100 mm; 23 lines per page (misṭara imprints visible). Full leather cover in reddish brown over paper pasteboards with fore-edge flap and envelope flap (spine restored); blind-stamped medallion in diamond shape on front and back cover; frame with fillets, gilding still visible on back cover; inside decorated with marble paper (very similar to the binding decoration of Vienna, ÖNB, Mixt. 1084 and Vienna, ÖNB, Mixt. 1085). Type II binding.


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-464r). Inlaid sheet (f. 9bis) with sketches of diagrams in a different hand. Blank: 464v.


Website Islamische Handschriften der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig: (Beate Wiesmüller, with access to scans of the entire manuscript).


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ الحمد لله الذي جعلنا من المتفكّرين في خلق السموات والأرض وألهمنا طريق معرفة مقادير حركات الأجرام النيّرة في الطول والعرض خلق سبع سموات طباقًا وجعل القمر فيهن نورًا وجعل الشمس— \464r\ ⟨…⟩ الحمد لله أوّلًا وآخرًا وظاهرًا وباطنًا والصلوة والسلام على زيده الليالي والأيّام محمّد سيّد الثقلين وخير الأنام وآله الأخيار العظام وشيعته الأبرار الكرام وقد فرغت من تحرير هذا الشرح وتسويده وتصحيحه بقدر الإمكان. ضحوة يوم السبت في أوائل ذي الحجة إحدى وعشرين وتسعمائة من الهجرة النبوية وإنما العبد الفقير إلى رحمة ربّ الثقلين عبد العلي بن محمّد بن حسين روح الله روحه. م. م.

= al-Birjandī, Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1515). — Title: none [al-Sharḥ li-l-Taḥrīr, 2v (preface)]. Additional title: Meǧisti Barǧandī (in pencil, Ir). Index: author’s preface, 1v-3r; Book I, 3r-76v; II, 76v-114v; III, 114v-156r; IV, 156r-182v; V, 182v-238v; VI, 238v-286r; VII, 286r-316r; <VIII>, 316r-356v; IX, 356v-387r; X/XI, 387r-408v/397r-415v; XII, 415r-434v; XIII, 434v-464r. — No marginal collations, glosses or reading statements, very few corrections in the hand of the scribe introduced by sigla or ṣḥ. Author’s colophon dated to a Saturday in the beginning of Dhū l-ḥijja 921; no scribal colophon.