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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7263

s. XVI2 (c. 1571).


probable autograph copy of Giovanni-Battista Teofilo, made in Urbino.


Vincenzo Viviani (1622-1703), mathematician of the Grand Duke of Florence, who offered the MS to Louis XIV in 1686 (see autograph note by Vincenzo Viviani f. 391r, also f. IIr, IIIr and XVr). Kristeller dates the MS to the end of the 16th or the 17th c., but the present copy, with its numerous corrections in the body of the text, really looks like the author’s work. This is also confirmed by the general title on f. Ir, which corresponds to the title of the copy prepared for Pope Clement XI in 1717, and which makes it clear that it was made from the autograph preserved at the Royal Library in Paris (‘ex eius autographo, quod in Bibliotheca Regia Parisiensi servatur’), which must be the present MS.

Paper, XVI+391 f., a single hand, careless and difficult to read (for f. 1-391), with added pieces by several hands f. I-XVI. Folia 75, 101, 118-121, 130 and 134-135 are missing.

Ptolemaica (single text), except for the added pieces f. I-XVI, which include, among others, (1) the general title ‘Theonis Alexanrini (!) in Cl<audii> Ptolemaei μεγάλην σύνταξιν commentarius latine versus a Io<hanno> Theophilo Urbinate, ex eius autographo, quod in Bibliotheca Regia Parisiensi servatur, accurate descriptus a<nno> d<omini> MDCXVII [sic for 1717]’ (Ir); (2) a letter by Camille Le Tellier de Louvois (1675-1718), librarian of the king, dated 11 July 1717: ‘Monitum. Ut primum nuntiatum est cupere S.D.N. Clementem PP. XI copiam sibi fieri Latinae huius interpretationis commentariorum Theonis in Ptolemaeum, consilium statim fuit Romam mittendi singulare exemplar, quod Vincentius Vivianus ante annos triginta Bibliothecae Regiae donavisset…’ (IIr-IIv); (3) an anonymous letter to Jacomo Tassoni, nephew of Giovanni-Battista Teofilo, dated 1595 (IVr-Vr); (4) an autograph letter from Federico Commandino to Giovanni-Battista Teofilo, dated Pesaro 30 May 1571 (VIr, ed. Rose, ‘Plusieurs manuscrits…’, 305); (5) an autograph letter from Federico Commandino to Giovanni-Battista Teofilo, dated Urbino 30 July 1574 (VIIIr-IXv, ed. Rose, ‘Plusieurs manuscrits…’, 306-307); (6) a copy of piece 4 above (XIr); (7) a copy of piece 5 above (XIIIr-XIVv). Blank: Iv, IIIv, VIv-VIIv, X, XII, XVv-XVIv, 391v.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 332; Catalogus translationum et commentariorum, eds P. O. Kristeller et al., II, Washington D.C., 1971, 212; P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, III, London-Leiden, 1983, 221; P. L. Rose, ‘Plusieurs manuscrits autographes de Federico Commandino à la Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris’, Revue d’Histoire des Sciences 24 (1971), 299-307: 300-301.



‘Frequentibus auditorum exhortationibus impulsus. Persaepe ab auditoribus admonitus, mi (?) Epifani fili angulus eorundem erit 25. 21. 33.’

= Theon of Alexandria, Commentary on the Almagest (tr. Giovanni-Battista Teofilo) (C.1.29.5)

Theon of Alexand­­ria, commentary on Ptolemy’s Almagest, tr. Giovanni-Battista Teofilo (C.1.22.5). Book I, 1r-76r; II, 76v-136r; III (‘Nicolai Cabasilla in tercium Mathematicae Constructionis Ptolemaei’), 136r-198r; IV, 198r-231v; V (‘Pappi Alexandrini commentarius in quintum Constructionis de fabrica astrolabii instrumenti’), 231v-278v; VI, 278v-355v; VII, 355v-360v, VIII, 360v-370v, IX, 370v-391r. No glosses, but numerous corrections in the text by the scribe.