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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cambridge, University Library, Mm 6.27

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

Collection of two works: Judaeo-Arabic. Date:

undated; 9-10th/15-16th century (Reif).


unknown; unknown scribe.


current shelf mark (1r, 11av, IIav (with an ex libris ‘Academiæ Cantabrigiensis Liber’)).


paper, I+206+11a+IIa ff. (Arabic-European numerals on the upper left recto folios, with f. 197v numbered 198; incidental catchwords). A brown Sefardi hand without any use of other colours, titles in bold (chapter titles XII.6 (188r), XII.7 (189v) and XII.9 (193r) in a different hand with the number in abjad); occasional shaddas. Substantial diagrams with abjad notation and labels. Tables sometimes incomplete. The upper half of the first folio is lost and considerable soiled parts on the first six pages affect the readability of the text; moisture stains throughout, mostly in the margins; worm-eaten; some pages have been pasted. Dimensions: 200×140 mm (Reif), written area: 145×95 mm (estimated); 30 lines per page. Cover in quarter brown calf with marbled paper sides (Reif). Type III binding.


astronomy. — Index: Ptolemaica (1r-206v); disordered fragments from al-Zawzanī, Epitome of ʿAlī b. Yūsuf al-Qifṭī’s Kitāb Ikhbār al-ʿulamāʾ bi akhbār al-ḥukamāʾ (1ar-10av). Blank: 13r, 17v, 18v, 37r, 46v, 65r-v, 202r, 11ar, Iar-IIar.


Bernard R. Goldstein, ‘The Survival of Arabic Astronomy in Hebrew’, Journal for the History of Arabic Science 3 (1979), pp. 31–39, p. 32 and n. 3; Paul Kunitzsch, Claudius Ptolemäus. Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, 3 vols, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1986–1991, vol. I, p. 4; Stefan C. Reif, Hebrew Manuscripts at the Cambridge University Library, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 386, 408-09.


\1r\ ⟨…⟩ فلك البروج المفروضة. النوع الأوّل في صدر هذه الکتاب. نعم ما فعل في ما أری یا سورین الاصتقصوا علم الفلسفة في إفرادهم جزء الفلسفة النظريّ علی العمليّ لأنّه وإن کان الجزء العمليّ من بعض الفضائل الخلقیّة ⟨…⟩ — \197v\ ⟨…⟩ فإلی الشمال أبدًا وأمّا في عطارد فإلی الجنوب أبدًا وأنّ الأفلاك التداویر أمّا أقطارهما الذي یمرّ بالبعد الأبعد منها الذي ؟ فإنّها إذا صارت في سطح الفلك الخارج المرکز ابتدأت ابتداء ما من ذلك الموضع یتحرّك [tables]

= Ptolemy, al-Majisṭī (tr. Isḥāq b. Ḥunayn/Thābit b. Qurra) (A.1.2). — Title: in the book titles partly referred to as al-Majisṭī and partly as Kitāb Baṭlamīyūs al-mansūb ilā al-taʿālīmAdditional titles: Ptolomaei Almagestum Arabice versum ab characteribus Hebraiciis (IIr); Almagestum (spine). — Index: The folios are in great disorder. Book I, 1r-20r (table of contents missing); Book II.1-8, 20r-32v; 9-13, 66r-72v; Book III.3, 72v-80v; 3-10, 33r-41v; Book IV, 41v-60r; Book V.1-5, 60v-64v; 5-19, 81r-98v, 99v; Book VI.1-10, 99v, 99r, 100r-116v; Book VII, 117v, 117r, 118r-124v; Book VIII, 124v-133r; Book IX, 133r-147r; Book X, 147v-161v; Book XI, 162r-179v (XI.11 missing); Book XII, 180r-195v; Book XIII.1-2, 196r-197v; tables from earlier books, 199r-205v, 206v. Marginal corrections and glosses in the scribe’s hand as well as in a later hand, some corrections in the text by a later hand. A short note mentioning Ptolemy has been added by a later hand (2r). A few geometrical diagrams by a later hand in the margin (4r).