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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Manchester, John Rylands Library, Arabic 299

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

Single work: Arabic.  Date:



unknown, possibly India; unknown scribe. 


ex libris Bibliotheca Lindesiana (inner back cover), i.e. the library of the British astronomer James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford (1847-1913), who sold the manuscript to the John Rylands Library in 1901; old shelfmark: Hamilton 94.


three different kinds of laid paper, VI+419+IIa ff. (foliated with Arabic-European and Hindu-Arabic numerals (Persian forms), both foliations in pencil; catchwords on most verso pages). A single clear Indian nastaʿlīq hand in black; chapter headings in dark and light red (partial sulphurisation of lead contained in the ink); mostly dotted ductus, almost no shaddas and vowels, substantial hamzas and lām-alif mukhaffafa. Numerous figures and tables in red and black. Good condition: No stains, slightly worm-eaten. Dimensions: 254×160 mm (Mingana); written area: c. 187×105 mm; 19 lines per page. Red leather cover with an unfinished decorative element in the middle, frame with fillets and gilding; inside decorated with marble paper. Type III binding.


astronomy. — Index: A list of chapters written upside-down (III-VI, added around 1830 according to Mingana), Ptolemaica (1r-419r). Blank: flyleaves.


Alphonse Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library Manchester, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1934, p. 595 (no. 368); Fuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums, 9 vols, Leiden: Brill, 1967–1984, vol. VI, p. 93.


\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 نور وجعل الشمس سراجًا — \419r\ ⟨…⟩ والحمد لله أوّلاً وآخرًا وباطنًا وظاهرًا والصلوة والسلام على زيده الليال والأيّام وآله الأخيار العلظام ⟨sic⟩ وصحية الأبرار الكرام وقد فرغت من تأليف هذا الشرح وتسويده وتصحيحه بقدر الإمكان و تجويده (?) ضحوة يوم السبت العاشر من شهر ذي القعده سنة إحدى وعشرين وتسعمائة من الهجرة ⟨…⟩.

= al-Birjandī, Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1515). — Title: Sharḥ Majisṭī (Farsi), (1r). Index: author’s preface, 1v -3r; Book I, 3r-75r; II, 75r-110v; III, 110v-148r; IV, 148r-172r; V, 172r-220v; VI, 220v-260v; VII, 260v-285v; <VIII>, 285v-320v; IX, 320v-349r; X/XI, 349r-369v/358v-375v; XII, 375v-393r; XIII, 393r-419r. Heading of Book V repeated in the margins. Books X and XI overlap in this treatise . — Few marginal collations, glosses or reading statements, very few corrections in the hand of the scribe. Dated author’s colophon (Saturday, 10 Dhū l-qaʿda 921); no scribal colophon.