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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7268

s. XIII1.


Philippe de Béthune (d. 1649); library of the kings of France in 1662.

Parchment, 106 f., a single very neat hand, beautiful ms. with decorated initials at the beginning of each book of the Almagest

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: 104v-106v. A later hand wrote at the bottom of f. 1r ‘Blanchini tabulae astronomicae’, which misled the catalogue of 1744 (‘Ibi continentur Joannis Blanchini distinctiones tredecim in Ptolemaei almagestum’) and subsequent scholarship (this MS is unknown to Kunitzsch), with the exception of Thorndike’s brief note.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 332; L. Thorndike, ‘Giovanni Bianchini in Paris Manuscripts’, Scripta Mathematica 16 (1950), 5-12 and 169-180: 6.


‘Capitulum iii: Qualiter sciatur altitudo propter hos arcus cum ponunt aut propter quantitatem diei longioris cum fuerit datus et e converso. Sit ergo illud datum et investigemus inventionem altitudinis poli qui sit arcus — partes quibus duo anguli sunt ccclx, cclxxxii partes et xxiiii minuta, et erit angulus qui sequitur…’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2)

, Class A. II, 1r-17r; III, 17r-26r; IV, 26r-40v; V, 40v-53v; VI, 53v-65v; VII, 65v-75r; VIII, 75v-84r; IX, 84r-96v; X, 96v-103v; XI, 103v-104r. The text is incomplete, running from II.3 to XI.1, due to several missing folia at the beginning and an abrupt end in the middle of f. 104r (the rest of the page is blank). A piece of parchment has been glued on the upper half of f. 1r, making the end of the preceding chapter (presumably II.2) illegible. Numbers are given in Roman numerals. All geometrical figures are missing. Numerical data of the star catalogue are missing from ‘Stellatio Allore, id est Vultur cadens’ onwards (f. 71v-80r). Very short glosses by a later hand (15th c.?) on f. 17r, 17v, 18v, 19r, 22v, 23r, 24v, 25v, 26r, 28r, 38v, 42v, 49v, 84r, 85r, 91v.