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Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7457

s. XV.




Mazarin; library of the kings of France in 1668. 

Paper, 121 f., one main hand, rather sloppy.

Geomancy and astrology: ‘Incipit methodus universalis archani sublimis et magni Dei ad sciendum verum et certum iudicium secundum scientiam geomancie…’ (1r-64v); Albumasar (?), Liber similitudinum (73r-80v); ‘Solis hora mala et dura ad omnia semper videtur…’ (80v-81r), ‘Triste, Satur, claustrum Iovis…’ (82r); Ptolemaica (83r-96r); ‘Dies dominica dies Solis dicitur. Solis dies. Hora eius cum fuerit nocturna sive diurna…’ (96r-96v); zodiologium ‘In hys signis tropicis…’ (96v); notes and figures of geomancy (97v-98v); Hermes/Enoch, Liber imaginum signorum (98v-101r); ‘Duplex est coniunctio planetarum scilicet superior et inferior…’ (101r-119r); Ptolemaica (119r-120v).


This MS is closely related in content to Munich, BSB, Clm 458 (see).


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 361-362; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, II: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, Paris, 2015, 175-176.


‘Per hoc opus possunt cognosci — et alie sunt fallaces. Explicit novus modus geomancie que intitulatur Archanum magis (!) Dei.’


‘Post planetarum tractatum de Capite et Cauda Draconis… Signorum alia sunt masculina, alia feminina, masculina sunt Aries… (119v) De signorum figuris… Aries multos facit capillos — (Pisces) hominem magis … (?) oculis. Et sic est finis huius liber. Explicit liber iste.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Iudicia (B.12)

, excerpts on the twelve signs. No glosses.