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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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London, British Library, IO Islamic 681

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

Single work: Arabic.  Date:

unknown (estimated late 16th-17th century).


unknown, perhaps India; unknown scribe. 


a seal dated 1135/1722-3 of ʿAẓīm, courtier of the Mughal emperor Muḥammad Shāh (1719-1748); a seal of ʿAbbād Allāh, dated 1188/1774-5 (2r); an undated and partially erased ownership statement of a certain al-ʿAbd Muḥammad ⟨…⟩; an undated statement of purchase with seal in the lower left corner (2r); ex libris Richard Johnson (1753-1807, his name in pencil on f. 1r), incorporated into the collection of the East India House in 1807 (stamps on 2r and 369v) (Qatar Digital Library); old shelfmarks: Loth 742 (1r) and 339 in Arabic numerals (2r).


laid paper (Islamic), II+369+Ia ff. (foliated with Arabic-European numerals in pencil, catchwords in the hand of the scribe on almost every folio, quire signatures in light red ink). A single clear naskh hand in black; chapter headings in dark red, paragraph beginnings partially highlighted with red ink on ff. 1-70, from f. 70 onwards the rubrication appears blue/grey due to sulphurisation of the lead contained in the ink, from f. 123v onwards lemmata missing; mostly dotted ductus, almost no shaddas and vowels, almost no hamzas, substantial lām-alif warrāqiyyah; substantial figures and tables (in hasty ruling, cf. f. 46r) in red and black. Stains in the beginning and partially worm-eaten, increasing damage and oil stains towards the end. Dimensions: 218×120 mm; written area: 160×75 mm; 29 lines per page. Partial leather binding; upper and lower covers decorated with marble paper. Type III binding.


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (2v-369r). Small slip of paper (305bis) with annotations in a script very similar to that of the Arabic title on f. 1r. Blank: none.


Otto Loth, A Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the Library of the India Office, London: Stephen Austin and Sons, 1877, p. 216 (no. 742)


\1v\⟨…⟩ الحمد لله الذي جعلنا من المتفكّرين في خلق السموات والأرض وألهمنا طريق معرفة مقادير حركات الأجرام النيّرة في الطول والعرض خلق سبع سموات طباقًا وجعل القمر فيهن نورًا وجعل الشمس سراجًا —\369r\⟨…⟩ والحمد لله أوّل اً⟨sic⟩ وآخر⟨sic⟩ وظاهرًا وباطنًا والصلوة والسلم ⟨sic⟩ على زبدة الليالى والأيّام محمّد سيّد الثقلين وخير الأنام وآله الأخيار العظام وشيعته الأبرار الكرام وقد فرغت من تأليف هذا الشرح وتسويده وتصحيحه بقدر الإمكان. فالتمّ (؟) م. م.

= al-Birjandī, Sharḥ Taḥrīr al-Majisṭī (C.1.1515). — Title: Sharḥ Majisṭī (1r, 2r). Index: author’s preface, 2v -3v; Book I, 3v-67v;   II, 67v-99r; III, 99r-132r; IV, 132r-151v; V, 151v-189v; VI, 189v-223v; VII, 223v-245r; <VIII>, 245r-275v; IX, 275v-300v; X (headed ‘XI’)/ XI, 300v-320r/ 309v-325v; XII, 326r-343r; XIII, 343r-369r. Books X and XI overlap in this treatise . — Undated author’s colophon; no scribal colophon. Some marginal collations, partially trimmed, glosses mostly in one hand different from the scribe, minor corrections.