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Ptolemaeus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 17178

s. XV. Prov.: acquired by the Bibliothèque nationale at an unknown date in the 18th or 19th c.

Paper, 38 f., composite MS, whose f. 30-37 form one element copied by a single neat hand. This section is damaged, especially in the upper part of the pages. Several folia are missing and those remaining were bound in disorder. The right order is f. 32+30, 33, 34+36-37+35+31. Moreover, the scribe’s exemplar was already incomplete (f. 33r: ‘et est defectus unius folii de hymaginibus’).

Astral magic (f. 30-37): text on the astrological images of the twelve signs, whose beginning and end are missing, the first rubric reads: ‘Gemini. De Geminis. De fractione instrumentorum musicalium. Si libuerit ut instrumenta ligentur…’ (32r-32v and 30r-30v); another text missing the beginning and the end ‘… angulo vel caput cum aliquo illorum trium et est melius in angulo medii caeli…’ (33r); De hymaginibus. Iste libellus de hymaginibus Virgilii intitulatur, ipse enim aliquando per ymaginem operabatur…’ (33r-33v); Ptolemaica (33v); a text missing the beginning ‘… volueris pervenies et impetrabis eo quod…’ (34r); Notabilia Ruberti de nativitatibus. Verba viri prudentis et fidelis domini Ruberti de termino nascentium et egrotantium secundum influentiam corporum superiorum caelestium. Ego dico quod stellae magnum habere effectum…’ (34r-34v and 36r-37r); De sigillis signorum. Arietis sigilla…’ (37r-37v); ‘Hermes. De nominibus angelorum et planetarum. Nomina angelorum et planetarum sunt haec…’ (37v and 35r); ‘Ad amorem. Cum Luna fuerit in Cancro in hora Veneris, formabis y<maginem> de Iove in nomine illius personae quam volueris…’ (35r-35v and 31r-31v, end missing).

Note The first text is at least partly based on Pseudo-Ptolemy’s De imaginibus super facies signorum (B.5), as witnessed by the last lines (30v): ‘… Dixit Ptholomeus qui edidit hunc librum de y<maginibus> super facies duodecim signorum: Qui ergo voluerit operari ex eis prevideat ut operetur cum fuerit Luna in ascendente, facie et signo et aspiciat illud fortunae, male vero sic cadentes ab eo, sed quia anguli ascendentes populati fortunis cum…’

Lit. L. Delisle, Inventaire des manuscrits de Notre-Dame et d’autres fonds conservés à la Bibliothèque Nationale sous les numéros 16719-18613, Paris, 1871, 33; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, II: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, Paris, 2015, 244-246.

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‘Ptholomei regis Egiptii liber incipit. Antiquorum secreta ruminando philosophorum nullum opus — carmen convenies tali negocio quod in fine libri sequitur parte (?) acci….’ (beginning only, due to missing folia).