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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Najaf, Maktabat al-Imām al-Ḥakīm, 236

[Black and white photocopies of the body text.]

Single work: Arabic. Date:

Book I finished on 25 Ramaḍān 1136/17 June 1724 (18r, next to the colophon), Book II on 8 Jumādā al-ūlā 1136/3 February 1724 (34v), Book III on 14 Ṣafar 1137/2 November 1724 (58v) and Book IV on 28 Rabīʿ al-awwal [1137]/15 December 1724 (72v).


Qazvin, Iran (34v, 72v); copied by Mīr Ibrāhīm ibn Mīr Sayyid Muḥammad al-Qazwīnī al-Ḥusaynī (18r, 34v, 58v, 72v).


Various endowment and library stamps all through the manuscript, some dated 1377/1957 (e.g., 1v).


paper, 72 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals, with 19 omitted; catchwords). A single very clear nastaʿlīq hand; reserved spaces for rubricated chapter titles and paragraph beginnings; numerous final hamzas and shaddas, maddas mostly indicated, frequent use of lām-alif mukhaffafa. No tables or diagrams; empty spaces for missing abjad notation in the body text (making, for example, the list of terms on f. 15v useless). Two pages with fragments of different texts on the obverse of a book beginning (35r, 59r). Dimensions: 141×194 mm (online catalogue); 17 lines per page. Slightly damaged by insects, some moisture and ink stains; several pages repaired with pasted paper slips. Features of covers and binding not assessable.


astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-72v).


GAS VIIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VII: Astrologie – Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1979, p. 43; Maktabat al-Imām al-Ḥakīm online catalogue: (no. 2586).


\1v\ ⟨…⟩ كتاب الأربع مقالات في الأحكام لبطليميوس إصلاح ⟨sic⟩ حنين بن إسحق جمل ما في المقالة الأولى من هذا الكتاب في القضاء من النجوم على الحوادث. >الباب الأوّل> في صدر الكتاب.— \72v\ ⟨…⟩ وملا ئمتها للأشیاء الجزئيّة على الأمر اللازم بحسب الحدس الكائن من النوع التعليميّ على امتزاج ذلك فإذا قد أتينا على القول في أمر المواليد على طريقة الجملة فأرى 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). — Titles: K. al-Arbaʿ maqālāt li-Baṭlamiyūs al-Qalūdhī (18r); K. Baṭlamiyūs al-Qalūdhī (34r); K. Baṭlamiyūs fī l-qaḍāʾ bi-l-nujūm (58v); K. Arbaʿ maqālāt al- Baṭlamiyūs (?) fī aḥkām al-qaḍāʾ fī l-nujūm (72v).Index: Book I, 1v-18r; Book II, 18v-34v; Book III, 35v-58v; Book IV, 59r-72v. — All books concluded by authorial and dated scribal colophons. Very few marginal corrections, indicated by siglum . Substantial glosses at the beginning, quoting ʿAlī b. Riḍwān’s commentary on the Tetrabiblos (C.2.1050).