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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān, Ar. 1628

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

Collection of nine works: Arabic and Persian.‎ Date:

1050/1640-1 (284r).


unknown; copied by Muḥammad ibn Jamshīd al-Māzandarānī (colophon, 236v) and Jalāl al-Dīn ibn Maḥmūd al-Māzandarānī (colophons, 273r and 284r).


an ownership statement with seal ‘al-ʿAbd Muḥammad Riḍā al-munajjim’ dated 1073/1662-3 (IIr), who gifted his son Muḥammad ʿAlī al-munajjim with the book (note accompanied by a faded seal, IIr); Muḥammad ʿAlī al-munajjim then endowed the manuscript to his son Muẓaffar Ḥusayn (statement and faded seal in the lower left corner, IIr); an ownership statement by Hāshim munajjim Bāshī dated 1303/1885-6 (IIr); an ownership statement without date and name and an undated statement of loan (IIr). Former shelfmark: 1973/D (Ir).


paper, II+284 ff. (foliation in Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms; catchwords apparently in the hand of the scribe). Two naskh scripts in black. First hand (Muḥammad b. Jamshīd al-Māzandarānī, IIv-265r): mostly dotted, very neat ductus, more hasty towards the end; occasional vowels, shaddas and final hamzas generally provided. Second hand (Jalāl al-Dīn ibn Maḥmūd al-Māzandarānī, 265v-284r): faster writing with elongated final bowls, mostly dotted ductus; occasional vowels, sporadic shaddas and final hamzas; titles and paragraph beginnings in red or afterwards rubricated with overlines. Three horoscopes with inscription in a nastaʿlīq hand, numerous spaces in the non-Ptolemaic sections left empty for diagrams. Abjad notation in the text mostly highlighted in red ink and with red or black overlines. Dimensions: 245×185 mm, written area: 170×115 mm (Anwar); 25 lines per page (misṭara imprints). Very good condition, occasional oil stains. Red leather covers over paper pasteboards, decorated with a golden frame. Type III binding.


astrology, astronomy and mathematics. — Index: Ptolemaica (IIv-236v); a fragment of al-ʿĀmilī, Kitāb al-Kashkūl (237r); an anonymous treatise on the astrolabe, al-Marāṣid wa l-maqāṣid (237v-246v); unknown, ʿAmal sāʿāt al-māʾ (247r-255v); Pseudo-Heracles (Hirqil al-Yūnānī), al-Dawāʾir wa-l-dawālīb al-mutaḥarraka (255v-261v); unknown, Kitāb al-Ḥuqq al-qamarīyy (262r-265r); Muḥammad ibn Ḥusām al-Hirawī, Shaṭranj nāma (265v-273r); unknown, Maqāla Arshimīdis (273v-274v); Ghiyāth al-Dīn Jamshīd al-Kāshī, ⟨al-Risālat al-Muḥīṭiyya (274v-284r). Blank: 277v and 279v.


ʿAbdallah Anwār‎, Fihrist-i nusakh-i khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī, vol. X: Kutub-i ʿarabī az shumāra-yi 1501 tā 1975 wa-ḍamīma az F 3064 tā F 3083‎, Tehran: Kitābkhāna-yi Millī, 1979 (1358 H.S.), pp. 185-91; 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. 10); Millī Library online catalogue:


\IIv\ ⟨…⟩ قال أبو لحسن ⟨sic⟩ علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث فتقول إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تبنئ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمتكوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مباديها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعلیميّ. — \236v\ ⟨…⟩ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك فانعم النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله يهدي من يشاء إلى 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: Sharḥ Arbaʿat maqālāt (IIr). — Additional titles: Sharḥ Maqālāt Baṭlamiyūs (Ir).— Index: I.1 (=I), IIv-21v; I.2 (=II), 21v-42v; I.3 (=III), 42v-60r; II.1 (=IV), 60r-81r; II.2 (=V), 81r-105r; II.3 (=VI), 105r-121v; III.1 (=VII), 121v-142v; III.2 (=VIII), 142v-163v; III.3 (=IX), 163v-187r; IV.1 (=X), 187r-206r; IV.2 (=XI), 206r-225v; IV.3 (=XII), 225v-236v. — Undated scribal colophon. Some marginal corrections and additions especially on the first pages, mostly indicated by sigla kh and ṣḥ.