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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7214

s. XIV.




Pavia, library of the dukes of Milan (before 1426); library of the kings of France in 1499-1500.

Parchment, 217 f., a single neat hand or, possibly, two similar hands (f. 1-207 and 208-217).

Geometry, astrology and astronomy: Euclid, Elementa, ed. Campanus of Novara (1r-207r); Messahallah, Liber interpretationum (208ra-209rb); four short chapters on eclipses ‘Diametrum Lune dividitur in VII puncta sive digitos…’ (209va-209vb); table: geographical coordinates of 13 cities (209vb); Pseudo-Thebit Bencora, De motu octave spere (210ra-210vb); Ptolemaica (211ra-217vb). Blank: 207v.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 327; J. L. Heiberg, Claudii Ptolemaei opera quae exstant omnia, II: Opera astronomica minora, Leipzig, 1907, xiii; E. Pellegrin, La bibliothèque des Visconti et des Sforza, ducs de Milan, au XVe siècle, Paris, 1955, 130; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, II: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, Paris, 2015, 75.


‘Incipit Planisperium Tholomei. [text] <C>um sit possibile, Iesuri, et plerumque necessarium ut in plano represententur circuli in speram corpoream incidentes — (217ra) et cum ipsis circulis meridianis signa distinguentibus. [propositiones planisperii] Si a termino unius diametri circuli recti ducatur linea per centrum — per polum zodiaci transire habet. Explicit Planisperium Tholomei.’

= Ptolemy, Planispherium (tr. Hermann of Carinthia) (A.6.1), Class I, without the preface of the translator. Text, 211ra-217ra; Propositiones planisperii, 217ra-271vb. Glosses by the scribe on virtually every page.