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Qom, Kitābkhānah-yi ʿumūmī-yi Ḥadrat-i Āyat Allāh al-ʿuẓmā Marʿashī Najafī, 1176

[Colour scans of the body text without covers or binding.‎]

Collection of five treatises: Arabic.‎ Date:

part II finished in Muḥarram ⟨1⟩136/October 1723, part IV on 14 Dhū l-qaʿda 1137/25 July 1725, and part V on Friday, 16 Shaʿbān ⟨1⟩137/Monday (!), 30 April 1725.


unknown, part V copied in Isfahan (87v); part II copied by Manṣūr al-⟨…⟩ al-Naẓarī, part IV by Muḥammad Bāqir bin Muʿizz al-Dīn Aḥmad al-Ṭalaqa (?), and part V by ʿAlī bin Muḥammad bin Amīr Ḥasan al-⟨…⟩.


a square seal with a note dated Rajab 1151/October-November 1738 stating that Muḥammad ʿAlī received the book from his father Muḥammad Bāqir Mukabbir. This note is followed by an ownership statement of Muḥammad ʿAlī bin Muḥammad Bāqir Mukabbir with another square seal dated to the same year (1r). A rectangular seal with an ownership statement of Abū al-Qāsim ibn Ḥasan in Isfahan and a short poem about the defeat of enemies in the same hand (1r); two undated ownership statements by Muḥammad Ṭāhir Ḥusaynī and an oval seal ‘Muḥammad ⟨…⟩ al-ʿUlūm’ possibly accompanying these statements (1r); an oval seal attributed to a certain Mahr Yaḍwī (Marʿashī and Ḥusaynī) (1r); a librarian’s stamp of inspection dated Rajab 1394/July-August 1974 (on numerous pages, for example 1r, 81r, 87v) .


two types of paper (a thin paper with visible fibres for parts I, III, IV, V and a slightly darker brownish paper for part II), 87 ff. (foliated with Hindu-Arabic numerals, Persian forms; catchwords apparently in the hands of the scribes). Five different hands in five parts. Part I (1v-16v): a clear black nastaʿlīq hand; titles highlighted with black overlines, frequent reserved spaces; mostly dotted ductus, almost no vowels, no hamzas, and some shaddas. Part II (17v-50r): a neat naskh hand writing larger letters with a thick nibbed pen; formulaic expressions rubricated, almost fully dotted ductus, some vowels, numerous hamzas, and shaddas. Part III (50v-55v): a small naskh hand, peculiar use of elongated descenders; no rubrications; mostly dotted ductus, almost no vowels, some hamzas, and almost no shaddas. Part IV (56v-67r): a nastaʿlīq hand writing with a thick nibbed pen; some spaces for rubrication reserved; mostly dotted ductus; some final vowels, some hamzas, no shaddas. Part V (68v-87v): an angular nastaʿlīq hand with naskh influence; single words bold and rubricated with red overlines; mostly dotted ductus, no vowels, numerous hamzas, some shaddas. No tables and no horoscopes. Dimensions: 242×175 mm; respectively 25, 13, 21, 21 and 23 lines per page. Very good condition, some water stains. Bound in a cardboard cover (Marʿashī and Ḥusaynī).


astrology. — Index: Ptolemaica (1v-16v); Shahīd Awwal Muḥammad bin Makkī ʿĀmilī, [Risāla] al-Taklīfiyya (17v-50r); Abū Jaʿfar Muḥammad ibn Jarīr al-Ṭabarī, Kitāb Dalāʾil al-imāmat (50v-55v); Muḥaqqiq Karakī ʿAlī bin ʿAbd al-ʿĀlī al-ʿĀmilī, Qāṭiʿat al-lijāj fī taḥqīq ḥall al-kharāj (56v-67r); al-ʿAllāma al-Ḥillī Ḥasan bin Yūsuf bin Muṭahhar, Īḍāḥ al-Ishtibāh fī asmāʾ al-ruwāt (68v-87v). Blank: 17r, 56r and presumably 50v-51r and 67v-68r (no scans provided).


Maḥmūd Marʿashī and Aḥmad Ḥusaynī, Fihrist-i nuskhahā-yi khaṭṭī-yi Kitābkhāna-yi ʿumūmī-yi Ḥadrat-i Āyatallāh al-ʿUẓmā Najafī Marʿashī, vol. III, Qom, 1975 (1354 H.S.), pp. 346-48; 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. 27).


\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 [عن] ⟨تنبئ⟩ عن مبادئ صادقة بالمکنونات المزمعة وذلك أنّ مبادئها الصادقة هي أشياء تبيّن بعضها في العلم الطبيعيّ وبعضها في العلم التعلیمیّ — \16v\ ⟨…⟩ كان الاسم الواقع عليهما اسم الغالب فيهما كذلك فعل بطلميوس ⟨قال⟩ بطلميوس قال القدماء ان اثنتين من الكواكب …

= 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: Sharḥ Maqālāt arbaʿ fī l-qaḍāyā bi-l-nujūm li-Baṭlamiyūs (1r). — Index: I.1 (=I), 1v-14r; I.2 (=II) (incomplete), 14r-16v. A catchword for the next page in the margin of 16v, the following folios are missing and the text stops abruptly in Chapter 4 of Book I.2. Notes for missing rubrication (9r). Minor marginal corrections in the hand of the scribe mostly indicated by siglum ṣḥ and curved lines. Very few annotations in another black nastaʿlīq hand, no glosses.