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Bernkastel-Kues, Cusanusstiftsbibiothek, 212

s. XVin (1416 for f. 326r-327r; 1418 for f. 297r-309r and 310r-322v; 1419 for f. 234va-237vb; notes for 1419-1421 f. 280v). Or.: perhaps northern Italy (see f. 127v). Prov.: Nicolaus Cusanus c. 1425, notes in his hand f. Iv, IIv and III; St Nikolaus Hospital in Kues in 1464.

Paper, III+407 f., numerous contemporary hands, one of which copied the Ptolemaic section (f. 323r-326r).

Astronomy, astrology, optics and arithmetic: representations of the seven planets in medallions with notes (Ir); Nicolaus Cusanus’s astronomical and astrological notes concerning the years 1424 and 1418 (Iv); representation of a pope, probably Martin V, with notes (IIr); Nicolaus Cusanus’s note mentioning the year 1425; Nicolaus Cusanus, astrological history for the year 1425 (IIIr-IIIv); Alfonsine tables with canons (1r-108r); Theorica planetarum Gerardi (108v-117v, with extensive glosses starting f. 108r); Pseudo-Messahallah, De compositione astrolabii (118ra-126vb); ‘Partem proportionalem alicuius vel aliquorum numerorum…’ (127ra); ‘Canon tabule longitudinis et latitudinis civitatum…’ (127rb); coordinates of cities, mainly northern Italian (127va-127vb); correspondences between zodiacal signs and cities (128ra-128rb); astronomical notes on the spheres, the Sun and the Moon (130r-130v); Campanus of Novara, Theorica planetarum (131r-141v, excerpts); astronomical notes on the planets (142r-145v); Sacrobosco, De sphera (146r-166r); astronomical notes on the planets (166va-166vb); beginning of an astronomical text ‘Feci quidem celum…’ (167ra-167vb); John of Stendal, comm. on Alcabitius’s Introductorius (170ra-204rb); ‘Nemo hanc scientiam plene laudare potest…’ (205ra-213rb); ‘Sequitur de Venere et Mercurio…’ (217ra-225vb); Alkindi, De mutatione temporum (227ra-234ra); Messahallah, Epistola de rebus eclipsium (234va-235va); Astronomia Ypocratis, anonymous tr. (235va-237vb); ‘Sequitur videre quod planete operentur in conceptione puerorum…’ (238ra-238vb); Johannes Peckham, Perspectiva communis (239r-250v); Hermann of Carinthia, Liber imbrium (251r-253v); ‘In nomine Patris… intendimus in hoc opusculo determinare quo anno, quo mense anni, quo die mensis, qua hora diei vel noctis eclipsis Solis vel Lune aliqua sit futura…’ (254r-257r, with tables 257v-280r); astronomical tables (281r-296r); John of Ligneres, Algorismus de minutiis (297r-309r); ‘Incipiunt dicta auctorum antiquorum in astronomia. Luna fuerit in Ariete 18a die Iulii, erit anno illo ventus orientalis…’ (310r); Messahallah, In pluviis et ventis epistola (310v-311v); Albumasar, Flores (311v-319r); Sem filius Haym, Capitulum in narratione Saturni quid accidat in mundo (319r-320r); Gergis, De significatione septem planetarum in domibus (320r-322r); ‘A prima facie Arietis ascendet forma hominis nigri…’ (322r-322v); Ptolemaica (323ra-326ra); ‘Aries est primum signum celi zodyaci… Explicit compendium de signis secundum eorum naturas et domuum planetarum in eis existentium et de stellis in eis positis in celo variis ad eorum cognitionem 1416’ (326rb-327rb); Alcabitius, Introductorius, Book III (328ra-329vb); astrological diagram with notes (331r); ‘Nota in aliquibus signis sunt aliqui gradus qui dicuntur azemena…’ (331v); Theorica planetarum Gerardi (332ra, beginning only); Thebit Bencora, De recta imaginatione spere et circulorum eius diversorum (332va-333va); Haly Abenragel, De iudiciis astrorum, Book I (335ra-349ra, beginning only); Alkindi (?), Saturnus in Ariete sub radiis… (350ra-350vb); Haly Abenragel, De iudiciis astrorum, Book VIII (353ra-364vb, incomplete); ‘Quando Iupiter applicuitur…’ (367ra-368rb); ‘Nota de quatuor temporibus caloris et frigoris…’ (368va-372rb); astrological notes on the signs and planets (372v); Boethius, De arithmetica (375ra-382vb); Alcabitius, Introductorius, Book I (387ra-391vb, abrupt end); notes on William of Saint-Cloud’s Almanach planetarum 1293-1311 (405r-406r). Blank: 22v, 23, 37v, 44v, 67-68, 71, 128v-129v, 168-169, 204v, 213v-216v, 226, 309v, 327v, 330, 334, 349v, 351-352, 365-366, 373-374, 383-386, 392-404, 406v-407v.

Lit.  J. Marx, Verzeichnis der Handschriften-Sammlung des Hospitals zu Cues, Trier, 1905 (reprinted Frankfurt/Main, 1966), 203-208; A. Krchňák, ‘Die Herkunft der astronomischen Handschriften und Instrumente des Nikolaus von Kues’, Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft 3 (1963), 109-181: 168-171; R. I. Harper, The Kalendarium Regine of Guillaume de St.-Cloud, PhD dissertation, Emory University, 1966, 21; F. S. Benjamin, G. J. Toomer, Campanus of Novara and Medieval Planetary Theory, Theorica planetarum, Madison-London, 1971, 120 n. 8; U. Roth, ‘Die astronomisch-astrologische ‘Weltgeschichte’ des Nikolaus von Kues im Codex Cusanus 212. Einleitung und Edition’, Mitteilungen und Forschungsbeiträge der Cusanus-Gesellschaft 27 (2001), 1-29.

323ra‑326ra

‘Signorum alia sunt masculini generis, alia feminini generis. Femini ut Thaurus, Cancer, Virgo — ab eo in Saturnum et proiciatur ab ascendente. Explicit Abbidazar liber introductorius ad honorem Alchabizi, id est Dei, Ry b. Hey (?).’