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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, lat. fol. 391 (82)

s. XVImed (1549 for f. 172-186; ‘4 Iunii 1543’ f. 64r; 1575 for f. 325-356).


Erasmus Reinhold’s personal notebook, except for the last part (f. 326-356), which was probably used in a university context (cf. ‘semestri brumali faciebat’ f. 326r), perhaps by Erasmus Reinhold’s successor at Wittenberg.

Paper, 356 f., two hands (f. 1-324 and 326-356).

Astronomy and astrology: Erasmus Reinhold, comm. on Copernicus’s De revolutionibus (1r-58r and 192r-289r, ed. H. M. Nobis and A. M. Nobis, Nicolaus Copernicus Gesamtausgabe, VIII.1: Receptio Copernicana. Texte zur Aufnahme der Copernicanischen Theorie, Berlin, 2002, 189-358); Erasmus Reinhold, notes on trigonometry (64r-151r); Ptolemaica (172r-186v); Erasmus Reinhold, ‘Tabulae in capita mathematica Plinii’ (295r-324r); astrology ‘Μέθοδος ή ψηφοφορία έπιλογισμου της γενεσεως D.L.T.Z.T. etc. Cum thematis alicuius natalitii conformatio…’, incomplete (326r-356v). Blank: 58v-63v, 151v-171, 187-191, 289v-294, 307-314, 325 and numerous blank folia within each section.


V. Rose, Verzeichniss der lateinischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, II.3, Berlin, 1905, 1366-1367 (no. 82); P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, III, London-Leiden, 1983, 474.



‘In Ptolemaei Μεγαλω (!) σινταξιν. (172v) Caput XII libri quinti. (173r) De maxima Lunae latitudine. Alexandriae latitudo est graduum 30.58. Quando autem Luna versabatur in tropico aestivo et in maxima latitudine — canonem parallaxium (?) Solis et Lunae. Θεω δοξα. Calendis Ianuarii 1549.’