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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7292

s. XVmed (c. 1434-1443 for f. 30r-41v, see f. 41v; after 1456 for f. 306-328; the whole MS was copied by 1472, see f. 187v). Or.: southern France: f. 268-304 copied by ‘Iacobus Boullenc’ or ‘Boulleuc’ in Avignon; f. 1-26, 30-48, 53-68, 75-179v and 346-357 copied by ‘J. Lequeur’; the scribe of the second Ptolemaic section (f. 334-345) may be the same who copied the astronomical tables of Perpignan in MS Paris, BnF, lat. 7287, f. 158v-166r (Boudet, 36). Prov.: anonymous astrologer working in Lyons in the 1470s, who annotated the volume and added a few texts, including the two horoscopes for 1472 on f. 187v; Simon de Phares; Francis I, King of France (d. 1547).

Paper, I+357 f., six hands: I (‘J. Lequeur’): f. 1-26, 30-48, 53-68, 75-179v, 346-357; II: f. 28, 188-267, 334-345; III (‘Iacobus Boullenc’): f. 268-304; IV: f. 306-328; V: f. 346-357; VI (additions by the anonymous astrologer from Lyons): f. 26v-27, 29v, 49-51, 74, 180.

Astrology and astronomy: incomplete table of contents (Iv); John of Ligneres, Canones (1ra-9r); Henricus Selder, Canones (9r-26v); astronomical notes (26v-27r); notes on eclipses ‘Notandum quod duplex est coincutio Lune cum Sole…’ (28r-28v); notes on the nature of the planets and stars (29v); Alfonsine star catalogue (30r-41v), with increments for the years 1434, 1436, 1440 and 1443 ‘completi’ (41v); astronomical-astrological notes, added (42r); ‘Nota: Rem occultam et secretam de proprietatibus stellarum fixarum…’ (43r-43v); Thomas Aquinas, De occultis operationibus nature (44r-45v); Thomas Aquinas, De iudiciis astrorum (45v); Petrus de Monte Alcino, Questio de significationibus cometarum (46r-48r); Ptolemaica (49r-51r); Matheus de Guarimbertis, De directione et proiectione radiorum et aspectuum (53r-68r); astrological notes on interrogations, nativities etc. (74r-74v); Haly Abenragel, De iudiciis astrorum, Books I-III (75r-179v); astronomical-astrological notes (180r-181v); two horoscopes of revolution for 1472 (187v); Euclid, Elementa, I.-VI.32 (188r-245v); Euclid, Elementa, version ‘Adelard II’, VII-X.24 (247r-267v); Liber Albandini (268ra-272vb); Maynus de Mayneriis, De preservatione ab epidemia (273ra-276rb); planetary herbal ‘Intitulatur eo quod destructionem factam a maiori…’ (276va-276bisva); Robert Grosseteste, De sphera (276bisva-281ra); Sacrobosco, De sphera (281ra-287vb); Astronomia Ypocratis, tr. William of Moerbeke (287va-289bisra); Alkindi, De radiis, fragment (289bisva-290ra); Arnold of Villanova, Introductorium ad iudicia astrologie quantum pertinet ad medicinam (290va-292va); astrolabe ‘Astrologie speculationis exercitium habere volentibus…’ (292va-296vb); Pseudo-Messahallah, De compositione astrolabii (296vb-300va); a chapter on finding lost items with an astrolabe ‘Nota quod almicantarath sunt circuli ymaginati…’ (300va); John of Ligneres, Algorismus de minutiis (300va-304vb); Nicolaus de Dacia, Liber anaglipharum astronomie, Book I (306r-328v); lunar table (329r); ‘Omnis doctrine notitia scientie tunc contexitur…’ (330r); Ptolemaica (334r-345v); Johannes Gerson, Tricelogium astrologie theologizate (346r-353v); Johannes Gerson, Contra superstitiosam dierum observantiam (354r-356r); Johannes Gerson, Contra superstitionem sculpture Leonis (356r-357r); letter from Pierre d’Ailly to Johannes Gerson, 1419 (357r-357v). Blank: 29r, 42v, 48v, 51v-52v, 68v-73v, 182r-187r, 246r-246v, 305r-305v, 329v, 330v-333r.

Lit.Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 336; L. Thorndike, ‘Notes on Some Astronomical, Astrological and Mathematical Manuscripts of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 20 (1957), 112-172: 121-125; C. Samaran, R. Marichal, Catalogue des manuscrits en écriture latine portant des indications de date, de lieu ou de copiste, II: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds latin (Nos 1 à 8000), Paris, 1962, 514; H. L. L. Busard, M. Folkerts, Robert of Chester’s (?) Redaction of Euclid’s Elements, the so-Called Adelard II Version, Basel-Boston-Berlin, 1992, I, 71-72; J.-P. Boudet, Lire dans le ciel. La bibliothèque de Simon de Phares, astrologue du XVe siècle, Bruxelles, 1994, 36-52; C. Panti, Moti, virtù e motori celesti nella cosmologia di Roberto Grossatesta. Studio ed edizione dei trattati De sphaera, De cometis, De motu supercelestium, Firenze, 2001, 222; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, II: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, Paris, 2015, 83-84.

49r‑51r

‘Sequitur Geber de geometricis theorematibus necessariis in motibus celi cognoscendis. Incipiamus exponere intentiones nominum — dico igitur quod latus ag est maius quadratura circuli.’

= Geber, Liber super Almagesti (C.1.2), beginning of Book I without the preface. This part was added by the anonymous astrologer from Lyons. No glosses.

334r‑345v

‘Quod prius de hac scientia sciendum est, premittendum est summa scientie habitudinis mensure totius terre — tunc manifestum est quod arcus de obviabit orbi signorum et erit angulus qui videtur…’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2), excerpts from I.2, I.8, II.9-10, V.19, II.11-13, V.19, ending abruptly in the middle of a sentence at the bottom of f. 345v. A few glosses by the anonymous astrologer from Lyons f. 338r, 340v-341r, 342r, who also inserted a small sheet of paper with a diagram (= f. 337bis).