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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmi, 6977

[Low-resolution colour scanned images of the body text and cover.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

copied within two months and finished on 14 Rajab 1271/2 April 1855 Gregorian (1r and colophon, 211r).



Mashhad; copied by a certain ʿAbd Allah.


a seal by Muḥammad Ḥusain ʿAbd Allāh (1r).



paper, 212 ff. (no foliation, catchwords in the hand of the scribe). A very clear naskh hand, at times with elongated bowls. Text inserted in a pink double frame reserved for glosses. Dotted ductus without tashkīl, hamzas frequently indicated, no shaddas. Rubrications in pink, headings additionally emphasised by thuluth script (spaces for these reserved from 34r onwards) and Ptolemaic text sections marked with blue over-lines. Notes summarising the contents in the hand of the scribe in the upper left corner of most recto pages. Diagrams: the three horoscopes usually found in this commentary (179r, 180r and 181v). Dimensions: 242×175 mm; 21 lines per page (Eastern misṭara imprints). Very good condition. Bound in a plain brown goat leather binding with a simple frame (Online Catalogue). Type III binding.


astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-211r); inlaid blue slip of paper (illegible on the scans)(125bis). Blank: 211v-212r.



Jaʿfar Ḥusaynī Ashkawarī, Fihrist-i Kitābkhāna-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmī, vol. XX, Tehran: Kitābkhāna, Mūza wa markaz asnād-yi Majlis-i shurā-yi Islāmi, 2010 (1389 H.S.), pp. 377-378; Majlis Library Online Catalogue (, no. 856126.


 ⟨…⟩ \1v\ قال أبو الحسن علي بن رضوان بن علي بن جعفر المتطبّب: قصدنا أن نشرح أقاويل الحكيم بطلميوس في صناعة القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث. فنقول: إنّ القضاء بالنجوم على الحوادث صناعة تنبئ عن مبادئ صادقة  بالمکوّنات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء صادقة  تبیّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم  التعلیميّ —  \211r\ ⟨…⟩ فهذه أشياء قد شرحتها لك  فامعن ⟨sic⟩ النظر فيها وتأمّلها والله  یهدي 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: Kitāb Sharḥ Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamiyūs (1r). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1v-21r; I.2 (=II), 21r-40v; I.3 (=III), 40v-56r; II.1 (=IV), 56v-74r; II.2 (=V), 74r-93v; II.3 (=VI), 93v-108v; III.1 (=VII), 108v-124v; III.2 (=VIII), 124v-143r; III.3 (=IX), 143r-165v; IV.1 (=X), 165v-182v; IV.2 (=XI), 182v-200v; IV.3 (=XII), 200v-211r. — Book IV with authorial colophon and dated scribal colophon. Minor marginal corrections by the scribe; substantial annotations in other hands (e.g., 39r). An annotation in Persian on f. 131r gives an extensive personal report on the outbreak of cholera in Iran and Iraq and the consequences for the annotator’s family (cf. the Online Catalogue).