2 For his life and works see Storey, C. A., Persian Literature. A Bio-bibliographical Survey, vol. II, part i, London, 1958, pp. 39–40; two articles by Pingree, D. in the Encyclopædia Iranica, vol. I, fasc. 4, pp. 337–40 and in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. i, New York 1970, pp. 32–39; Sezgin, Fuat, Geschichte des Arabischen Schrifttums, vol. V, pp. 274–275, vol. VI, pp. 156–57, vol. VII, pp. 139–51, 328–29.
3 The manuscript was first reported on in: Miklukho-Maklay, N. D., Akimushkin, O. F., Kushev, V. V. and Salakhetdinova, M. A., Some Rare Persian and Tajik MSS in the Collection of the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, the USSR Academy of Sciences (Moscow, 1960), p. 4, No. 6 (Papers Presented by the USSR. Delegation at the XXV International Congress of Orientalists).
For a more detailed description of the manuscript and the second treatise attributed to Abū Ma'shar balī (see below) see also our article “Astrologkheskii Traktat XIV v. o Soedineniiah Svetil v Odnom Znake Zodiaka, Pripisyvaemyi Abu Ma'sham Balkhi” in: Pis';mennye Pamiatniki i Problemy Istorii Kul'tury Narodov Vostoka, vol. XXIV, part 1 (Moscow, 1991), pp. 212–17.
4 Akimushkin, O. F., Kushev, V. V., Miklukho-Maklay, N. D., Mughinov, A. M. and Salakhetdinova, M. A., Persidskie I Tadzhikskie Rukopisi Inslituta Narodov Azii Akademii Nauk SSSR, Kratkii Alfavitnyi Kalalog (Persian and Tajik MSS of the Institute of the Peoples of Asia. A Concise Alphabetical Catalogue), part 1 (Moscow, 1964), p. 189, No. 1277.
5 See: Sezgin, F., G.A.S., vol. VII, pp. 41–8.
8 Anushirvan – the celebrated Sasanian ruler (531–579 AD). For Isḥāq al-Kindī see F. Sezgin, idem., pp. 130–34.
9 We have not succeeded in identifying this name so far.
10 Cf. Storey, , II, i, p.40.
11 For other copies see Storey, idem, Monzavi, A., A Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts, vol. 1, Tehran, 1969, pp. 306–07 and Note 13 below.
13 Bodleian Library MS Bodl. Or. 413, ff. 26b–28a and British Library MS Or. 9604, ff. 175b–177b.
14 It has already been remarked by Storey in this concern (see Note 10), that irrespective of whichever Bahrāmshāh is meant, this would still post-date Abū Ma‘shar's lifetime.
15 See Storey II, 1, p. 39; Pingree, D., Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. 1, p. 37, no. 19 and Encyclopaedia Iranica, vol. 1, p. 339, no. 11; Sezgin, F., G.A.S., vol. VII, p. 142, no. 2; etc.
16 Arobskie Rukopisi Instituta Vostokovedeniia. Kratkii Katalog (Arabic Manuscripts of the Institute of Oriental Studies. A Concise Catalogue), ed. byKhalidov, A. B., part 1 (Moscow, 1986), p. 456, No. 9733.