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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Tehran, Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān, Ar 747

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

Single work: Arabic. Date:

14 Shaʿbān 1274/30 March 1858 (p. 278).


Mashhad, Iran (online catalogue, not confirmed); copied by ʿAbd al-Raḥīm al-Munajjim al-Bughāyrī, who came from Harand in Khorasan but lived in Tehran (p. 278).


a faded round library stamp, dated 1316/1937 (pp. 1, 99 and 278). Old shelfmark (?): 366 (p. I).


thin paper, I+278+Va pp. (paginated in Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms in pencil ; catchwords). A single very clear naskh hand in black; reserved spaces for rubricated chapter titles and paragraph beginnings; many final hamzas and shaddas, maddas mostly indicated, frequent use of lām-alif muḥaqqaqa. No tables or diagrams; empty spaces for missing abjad notation in the text (making, for example, a list of terms on p. 76 useless). Dimensions: 310×195 mm; written area: 180×95 mm (online catalogue); 10 lines per page with substantial space between the lines (misṭara imprints). Very good condition, no visible damage; partial leather covers over paper pasteboards decorated with battal ebru paper. Type III binding.


astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1-278).


ʿAbdallah Anwār‎, Fihrist-i nusakh-i khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi Millī, vol. VIII: Kutub-i ʿarabī az shumāra 501 tā 1000‎, Tehran: Kitābkhāna-yi Millī-yi Īrān‎, 1978 (2536 Sh.), pp. 203-04; 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. 974 (no. 25); Millī Library online catalogue:

pp. 1‑278

\p. 1\ ⟨…⟩ <الباب الأول> في صدر الكتاب <قال بطلميوس <إنّ الأمور التي بها تمام تقدمة المعرفة المأخوذة من علم النجوم يا سيورى أعظمها قدرًا وأجلّها شيئان ⟨blank space⟩ أحدهما وهو المقدّم منهما في المرتّبة وفي القوّة العلم الذي به تدرّك أشكال الشمس والقمر والخمسة الكواكب التي يحدث بسبب حركتها. — \p. 277\ ⟨…⟩ وملائمتها للأشیاء الجزئيّة على الأمر اللازم بحسب الحدس الكائن من النوع التعليميّ \p. 278\ على امتزاج ذلك فإذ قد أتينا على القول في أمر المواليد على طريق الجملة فأري ⟨sic⟩ أنّه من الواجب أن أختم هذا الكتاب في هذا الموضع.

= Ptolemy, al-Maqālāt al-arbaʿ (tr. Ibrāhīm ibn al-Ṣalt/Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq) (A.2.1). — Title: Maqālāt-i arbaʿ-yi Baṭlamiyūs (title page and back cover). — Index: Book I, pp. 1-80; Book II, 80-142; Book III, 142-227; Book IV, 227-278. — Book titles not provided. Book IV followed by an authorial and a dated scribal colophon. According to the colophon, al-Bughāyrī copied the text from a manuscript featuring ʿAlī b. Riḍwān’s commentary (C.2.1050), of which he only extracted the quotes from Ptolemy. He believes that ‘not a single word’ in the template was correct (lā yakadu yaiḥḥu min-hā kalima wāḥida) and explains that he revised mistakes by guessing as far as possible, otherwise he left unintelligible words as they appeared in the text. Very few marginal annotations, some conjectures in the hand of the scribe, mostly indicated by siglum .