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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.


‘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.


‘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).