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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Istanbul, Beyazıt Devlet, Veliyüddin 2309

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

Single work: Arabic. Date:

25 Rabīʿ al-ākhir 899/2 February 1494 (231r).


Constantinople, in the time of Sulṭān Bāyazīd Khān ibn Sulṭān Muḥammad Khān (i.e. Sulṭān Bāyazīd II, d. 918/1512) (f. 231r); unknown scribe.


a seal of endowment by the famous Ottoman calligrapher, Shaykh al-Islām Walī al-Dīn Ifindī ibn al-Marḥūm al-Ḥāj Muṣṭafā Āghā ibn al-Marḥūm al-Ḥāj Ḥusayn Āghā, dated 1175/1761-2 (1r, 44v, 150v, 231v); three undated seals of ownership: an octagonal seal by a certain Muḥammad (1r), a partially unreadable hexagonal one (1r) and a small pear-shaped one by a certain ʿAlī (Ir); undated statement of ownership by Sayyid Muḥammad Hāshim al-Mudarris (1r); old shelf mark 2310 in red (1r).


paper, I+231+Ia ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals on the upper left recto folios; catchwords). A single clear naskh hand in black. Book and chapter headings in black thuluth (only the headings of Books I and II partially in red); each section starting with the word qawluhu/aqul in red; abjad notation in the text in red. Fully dotted ductus, occasional shaddas, no hamzas. Substantial diagrams, diagram lines in red, abjad notation in diagrams in black; labels of diagrams in red; three small mathematical tables (ff. 31v, 32r, 33r) with headings in black. Very good condition, no visible damage. Dimensions not provided; 27 lines per page. Incipit page decorated with a mid-blue frame with lancets and an ʿunwān displaying Timurid characteristics. Dark brown leather cover with fore-edge and envelope flap, decorated with a central mandorla and pendants, doublure decorated with hatip-ebru. Type II binding.


astronomy. — Index: an Arabic poem in two verses said to be by Niẓām al-Dīn [al-Nīsābūrī] to glorify the Commentary on the Almagest (1r); Ptolemaica (1v-231r). Blank: none.


Defter-i Kütüphane-i Veliyüddin, Istanbul: Mahmut Bey Matbaası, 1886 (1304 H.), p. 131; GAS VIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VI: Astronomie bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1978, p. 93.


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ السعد قرین من صدر کلامه بالحمد لواهب السعادة والیمن رسیل من أعلق یمینه بشکر تمتري الزیادة. فأحمده علی ما أوّلانا من النعم ذات الطول والعرض. وأشکره علی أن جعلنا من الذین یتفکّرون في خلق السماوات والأرض. حمدًا یلوح علی جباه الاعتراف وسومه وشکرًا یشاد علی اضمحلال الدهور رسومه ⟨…⟩ ‒ \231r\ ⟨…⟩ وهو عند الحکیم باطل باطل. بل الملتمس منه تعالی یثبت ما خوله وأتاه. وأدامه ما خصّصه به واستثناه. وأن ینعم علیه لحظة فلحظة سعادة تسری وتجدّد له ساعة فساعة کرامة وبشری.

= Niẓām al-Dīn al-Ḥasan al-Nīsābūrī, Tafsīr Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1305). — Additional title: Sharḥ al-Majisṭī li Niẓām al-Dīn al-Aʿraj (Ir), — Index: Authorʼs preface, 1v-4r; Book I, 4r-46v; II, 46v-65r; III, 65r-87v; IV, 87v-100r; V, 100r-125v; VI, 125v-156v; VII, 156v-163r; VIII, 163r-167v; IX, 167v-181r; X, 181r-187v; XI, 187v-196r; XII, 196r-211v; XIII, 212r-231r. F. 7bis is an inlaid slip of paper in a different hand with two additional diagrams. Undated authorial colophons at the end of every book. Dated scribal colophon (231r). Marginal corrections in the same hand as the main text indicated by ṣaḥḥa. A few marginal notes in a different hand from the main text.