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Bernkastel-Kues, Cusanusstiftsbibiothek, 209

s. XIVmed (after 1339 for f. 1-82, and perhaps before 1354, see below). Or.: diocese of Trier? (on f. 8v, the scribe notes in the margin that he saw a certain astrological configuration in the Bishop of Trier, whom Krchňák, 147, identifies with Balduin of Lützelburg (1307-1354)); the star table dated 1339 (77v) was drawn in Paris. Prov.: Nicolaus Cusanus in 1444; St Nikolaus Hospital in Kues in 1464.

Parchment, I+113 f. Composite MS made of two parts, each copied by a single neat hand (f. 1-82 and 83-113).

Astrology: detailed table of contents of f. 1-75 (Ira-Ivb); Ptolemaica (1r-26r); ‘Collecta et extracta de libro dispositoris anni omni anno quem fecit Albumasar ad Darium regem Indie ante imperium Allexandri (!). Dixit Albumasar Dario regi Indie de domino anni…’ [=Albumasar (?), De significationibus planetarum in hora revolutionis anni] (26v-40r); ‘Oppinio (!) quorundam philosophorum huius artis de Capite Draconis et Cauda, ut Alkyndi, Zaelis, Alkabicii, Zapharis, et ceterum. Caput Draconis est unum magnum signum…’ (40v-44r); ‘Regula extracta ex libro Albumazar de meditatione cordis. Hee sunt partes quibus scitur…’ (44r-46r); Bartholomew of Parma, Libellus de electionibus horarum et ascendentium (46v-54v); ‘De ascendente anni omni anno et de significatione uniuscuiusque signi ascendentis. Ascendens anni omni anno…’ (54v-57r); ‘Verba collecta de libro Almansoris nota<bi>lia oblata magno regi Sarracenorum a Plathone Tiburis translata [=Capitula Almansoris]. Almansoris astrologi filii Abrahe…’ (57r-63v); ‘Campanus de signis (title added in the upper margin, probably by another hand). De 12 signis celestibus. Aries est bestia parva in terra, in celo magna…’ (64r-67r); ‘De qualitatibus planetarum. Saturnus est planeta naturaliter frigidus et siccus…’ (67r-68r); ‘Nota de propria significatione 12 signorum super partes regionum mundi. Provincie huius presenti mundi sunt numero 72…’ (68r-68v); astrological tables: essential dignities of the planets, degrees, frienships, etc. (68v-71r); elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets (71v-72r); ‘Utrum aliquis revertatur sanus de bello vel non. Aliquis iturus ad bellum si querat an sanus…’ (72v-75v); Wilhelmus Scotus, De coniunctionibus planetarum transitis et futuris (76v); tables: coordinates of cities, ascensions, fixed stars for 1339 in Paris, etc. (77r-77v); ‘Saturni sunt viles homines, populares, rustici…’ (79r-80r); table of contents of f. 84-113 (83v); Liber novem iudicum, excerpts (84r-102v); Messahallah, Epistola de rebus eclipsium (102v-104v); ‘Astronomia medicorum. Nota ex tractatu quodam iudiciali facto ad utilitatem medicorum…’ (copied twice, by a later hand f. 104v and by the scribe f. 105r); Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, Speculum astronomie (106r-113v). Blank: 76r, 78, 80v-83r, 105v.

Lit. J. Marx, Verzeichnis der Handschriften-Sammlung des Hospitals zu Cues, Trier, 1905 (reprinted Frankfurt/Main, 1966), 198-201; A. Krchňák, ‘Die Herkunft der astronomischen Handschriften und Instrumente des Nikolaus von Kues’, Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft 3 (1963), 109-181: 145-148; P. Zambelli, S. Caroti, M. Pereira, S. Zamponi, Alberto magno: Speculum astronomiae, Pisa, 1977, 144-145; C. Burnett, ‘Partim de suo et partim de alieno: Bartholomew of Parma, the Astrological Texts in MS Bernkastel-Kues, Hospitalsbibliothek 209, and Michael Scot’, in Seventh Centenary of the Teaching of Astronomy in Bologna, 1297-1997, eds P. Battistini, F. Bònoli et al., Bologna, 2001, 37-76; A. Paravicini Bagliani, Le Speculum Astronomiae, une énigme? Enquête sur les manuscrits, Turnhout, 2001, 27-28.


‘Incipiunt iudicia Ptholomei. De operatione planetarum in concepto per dies et menses — per modum constitute nature. Explicit liber iudiciorum Ptho<lomei> regis Egipti in arte stellarum.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Iudicia (B.12), reworking, possibly by Bartholomew of Parma. No glosses.