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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7272

s. XIV1 (c. 1323 for f. 1-170r, perhaps later for f. 170v-173r).


produced at the court of Robert of Anjou, King of Naples (1309-1343).


library of the Aragonese kings of Naples; Charles VIII of France.

Parchment, 173 f., deluxe illuminated MS copied by a single very neat hand for f. 1-170r, except f. 170v-173r, added perhaps somewhat later.

Astronomy and astrology, mainly Andalo di Negro’s works: Andalo di Negro, De sphera (1ra-10rb); astronomical table (10v); Andalo di Negro, Theorica planetarum (11ra-43va); ‘Nomina instrumentorum astrolabii sunt hec: Primo est annulus sive armilla suspensoria…’ (45ra-59vb, this text differs from the second part of Pseudo-Messahallah’s De compositione astrolabii); ‘Alius tractatus de spera liber secundus. Mundus est universitas rerum visibilium…’ (60ra-67vb); Prophatius Judeus, Almanach, prologue (68ra-69rb); Andalo di Negro, comm. on Prophatius Judeus’s Almanach (69va-84vb, abrupt end due to one or several missing folia); Andalo di Negro, Theorica distantiarum omnium sperarum (85ra-99va); astrometeorology ‘Quando Sol fuerit in emisperio australi…’ (100r); astronomical table (100v); Andalo di Negro, Introductorius ad iudicia astrologie (101ra-170ra); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (170va-171va); Ptolemaica (171va-172va); Hermes, De imaginibus et horis (172vb-173rb). Blank: 44r-44v, 173v.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 333; D. Blume, ‘Andalo di Negro und Giovanni Boccaccio. Astrologie und Mythos am Hof des Robert von Anjou’, in Medien der Macht. Kunst zur Zeit der Anjous in Italien, ed. T. Michalsky, Berlin, 2001, 319-335; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, II: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, Paris, 2015, 76-77.


‘<D>ixit Alburabez Benfeliz quod omnes orientales operabantur per has ymagines… Ligatio latronum. Cum volueris ligare latrones ut domum non intrent, figurabis ymaginem viri ex ere — et impetrabis ex eo quod animus tuus desiderat.’