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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cambridge, University Library, Eton Pote 264

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

Single work: Arabic.  Date:

992/1584-5 (title page) and Tuesday, 12 Dhū l-qaʿda 1131/26 September 1719  (colophon on f. 437r).


Fatehpur, India; the first codicological entity (ff. 2r-399v) copied by order of Sheikh …⟨?⟩, the second entity (400r-437r) copied by Muḥammad ʿĀbid Abī ʿAbd al-Karīm, who is said to have been proficient in the mathematical sciences (1r and colophon 437r). 


a seal dated 1021/1612-3, another seal dated 1069/1658-9 (1r), some erased seals. The book was most probably part of the library of Colonel Antoine-Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795) and was gifted Eton College by Edward Ephraim Pote (d. 1832) in 1788 ( Old shelfmarks: 606 (Polier) in Arabic numerals (front cover and fore-edge), N. 264 (1r), ‘Eton College Library 62’ (inside of back cover) and ‘Eton shelf 6/15’ (1r).



paper, 437 ff. (without foliation, catchwords on verso pages, partially copied  onto pasted pieces of paper used for the restoration of the manuscript). Two entities in two different clear hands in black. First hand (ff. 2r-399v): naskh written with a thick-nibbed pen (992 AH). Second hand (400r-437r): an elegant round naskh tending to nastaʿlīq. Chapter headings in red, paragraphs partially indicated by red overlines; mostly dotted ductus; almost no shaddas, vowels and hamzas. Substantial figures and tables in red and black, sometimes trimmed in the margins. Substantial stains, worm-eaten, crude repairs with pasted paper strips, especially towards the end of the first part, water damage post-dating the restoration. Binding becoming loose. Dimensions: 253×157 mm; written area: 200×105 mm; 23-25 lines per page (no ruling). Full brown leather cover over paper pasteboards with orange endband; blind-tooled medallion with pendants and floresque ornaments on front and back cover together with a simple frame; inside doublures decorated with marble paper. Type III binding.  


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-437r).


D.S. Margoliouth, Catalogue of the Oriental Manuscripts in the Library of Eton College, Oxford: Horace Hart, 1904, p. 12 (no. 62); GALCarl Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, 2 vols, Weimar / Berlin: Felber, 1898–1902, vol. I, p. 511; GALSCarl Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur. Supplementbände, 3 vols, Leiden: Brill, 1937–1942, vol. I, p. 930; Charles Rieu, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum orientalium qui in Museo britannico asservantur. Pars secunda, codices arabicos amplectens, London: British Museum, 1846–1871, p. 186-87 (no. 389 [BL Add. 7474 Rich.])Otto Loth, A Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Library of the India Office, London: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1877, vol. I, p. 216 (no. 742) [BL IO Islamic 681]; Fuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums, 9 vols, Leiden: Brill, 1967–1984, vol. VI, p. 93; MAOSICBoris A. Rosenfeld and Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Mathematicians, Astronomers, and other Scholars of Islamic Civilization and their Works (7th–19th c.), Istanbul: Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), 2003, p. 315;

ff. 1v‑437r

\1v\⟨…⟩ الحمد الله الذي جعلنا من المتفكّرين في خلق السموات والأرض و ألهمنا  طريق معرفة مقادير حركات الأجرام النيّرة في الطول والعرض خلق سبع سموات طباقًا وجعل القمر فيها نورًا وجعل الشمس سراجًا — \437r\⟨…⟩ والحمد للهأوّلًا وآخرًا وباطنًا وظاهرًا والصلوة والسلام على زيده الليالى والأيّام محمّد سيّد الثقلين وخير الأنام وآله الأخيار العظام وشيعته الأبرار الكرام وقد فرغت من تحرير هذا الشرح وتسويده وتصحيحه بقدر الإمكان وتحويده ضحوة يوم السبت العاشر في أوائل ذو القعدة سنة إحدى وعشرين وتسعمائة من الهجرة النبوية وأنا العبد المفتقر إلى رحمة ربّ الثقلين عبد العلي بن محمّد بن حسين رقع السلوني ؟ الله روحه. م. م.

= al-Birjandī, Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1515). — Title: al-Sharḥ li-l-Taḥrīr (2v). Index: author’s preface, 1v-3r; Book I, 3r-81r; II, 81r-120v; III, 120v-161v; IV, 161v-187v; V, 187v-239r; VI, 239r-283v; VII, 283v-311r; <VIII>, 311r-350r; IX, 350v-382v; X/XI, 382v-403r/393r-407r; XII, 407r-419r; XIII, 419r-437r. — Calculations in the margins, marginalia in  different hands both on the original paper and on restorations, diagrams in the margins trimmed, few corrections in the hand of the scribe introduced by sigla or ṣḥ. Authorial colophon dated Saturday 10 Dhū l-qaʿda 921/16 December 1515. Scribal colophon.