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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cairo, Dār al-kutub, falsafa (W) 2837‎

[Colour scanned images of the body text without cover or binding.‎]

Collection of five works: Arabic.‎ Date:

Sunday, 27 Dhū l-qaʿda 1361/6 December 1942 (p. 34).


Cairo, copied by Muḥammad Ḥamdī from Cairo, Dār al-kutub, akhlāq Taymūr 290 (p. 34).


acquisition number ‘991/1943’ (p. 1).


modern yellowish paper, II+34+IIa pp. (paginated with Hindu-Arabic numerals at the top centre; catchwords). A single black naskh hand with angular features; titles in red; fully dotted ductus, hamzas written when without carrier, no vowels; references to the page numbers in the exemplar (pp. 302-331) are added in the margins. No diagrams. Codex in excellent condition. Dimensions: 255×185 mm (microfilm fiche); 21 lines per page.


astrology and philosophy. — Index: Ptolemaica (pp. 1-4); fragment of an unidentified work (pp. 4-5); some chapters on philosophy by Abū Sulayman ⟨al-Sijistānī⟩, defective (pp. 5-11); Min Kitāb Ikhlāṣ ikhtiṣār al-Iskandar ā-b-h-m-n (read Abī Hayyān), but corresponding to sections of his al-Muqābasāt, defective (pp. 11-18); an unidentified philosophical risāla, beginning and end missing (pp. 19-34). Blank: pp. I-II, Ia-IIa.


Fuʾād Sayyid, Fihrist al-makhṭūṭāt. Nashra bi-l-makhṭūṭāt allatī qtanathā al-Dār min sanat 1936-1955, 3 vols, Cairo: Maṭbaʻat Dār al-Kutub, 1961–1963, vol. I, p. 431; GAS VIIFuat Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums. Vol. VII: Astrologie – Meteorologie und Verwandtes bis ca. 430 H., Leiden: Brill, 1979, p. 157. Not included in the catalogue by KingDavid A. King, Fihris al-makhṭūṭāt al-ʿilmiyya al-maḥfūẓa bi-Dār al-Kutub al-Miṣriyya, 2 vols, Cairo: General Egyptian Book Organisation, 1981–1986.

pp. 1‑4

\p. 2\ ⟨…⟩ قال بطليموس قد يقدر المنجّم على دفع كثير من أفعال النجوم إذا قال عالمًا... — \p. 4\ ⟨…⟩ وقال أحمد إنّ الفلاسفة يرون أنّ المحبّة والنفضة سنّتان للنفس يمنعانها من حسن الاستبراء.

= Abū Jaʿfar Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf ibn Ibrāhīm ibn al-Dāya, Tafsīr Kitāb al-Thamara (C.3.0930), selection from a version with 100 verba. — Title: Min Kitāb al-Thamara li-Baṭlīmūs Sharḥ Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf al-Kātib, pp. 1 (title page) and 4 (colophon). — Scribal colophon. A single marginal correction. This manuscript contains Pseudo-Ptolemy’s verba 5 and 9 with their respective commentaries as well as the beginning of the commentary on verbum 12. Defective as copied from a defective exemplar.