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Ptolemaeus

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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Digby 179

s. XIV1.

Or.:

England, probably Oxford.

Prov.:

Simon Bredon, who copied the glosses of f. 3r-166r and bequeathed the MS to Merton College, Oxford, in 1372; Thomas Allen.

Parchment, III+208 f., a single hand (except for the glosses of f. 3r-166r, in Simon Bredon’s hand), decorated initials.

Astrology: Ptolemaica (f. 1r-170v and 171r-208v); ‘Que sequntur in Greco exemplari sub iniuncta (?) reperi quo mense morietur quis in omni nativitate. Sole ad horoscopum…’ (208vb). Blank: Ir-IIv (except for added title f. Ir: ‘Ptolomaei Quadripartitum’, early modern hand). F. IIIra-IIIvb contains a fragment of John Chrysostom’s sermons in an earlier hand.

Lit.

G. D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae, IX: Codices a viro clarissimo Kenelm Digby, Oxford, 1883, 192; G. Vuillemin-Diem, C. Steel, Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos in the Translation of William of Moerbeke. Claudii Ptolemaei liber iudicialium, Leuven, 2015, 3-5.

1ra‑170vb

‘Dixit Egideus de Tebaldis Lonbardus de civitate Parmen<si>: Scire et intelligere gloriosum est opus quia omnis sapientia est a Deo… (1va) Tractatus primus glose Aly Abenridiani (!) super prima parte libri Quadripartiti Ptho<lome>i Pheuludiani. Verba que dixit sapientissimus Ptholomeus in arte iudiciorum… (3rb) Tholomeus, capitulum primum primi tractati (title in the margin). [text] Res, Mizori, quibus perficiuntur pronosticationes accepte de astronomia maiores et nobiliores sunt due. [comm.] Aly: Ptholomeus inspexit in omnibus maneriebus pronosticationum et illas phisicorum defectivas invenit — (166va) [text] Tholomeus loquitur: Et postquam in modo universali perfecimus iudicium nativitatum finem in hoc loco huic libro inponere conveniens extinuamus (!). [comm.] Aly: Quod dixit in modo universali vult dicere quod quicquid posuit in hoc libro sunt regule et radices quibus ars ista componitur. [appendix] Volo in hoc loco dare tibi exemplum trium nativitatum ut melius intendas quicquid locuti sumus in eis, et prima est nativitas mea — hec sunt que tibi glosavi in quibus studium et mentem apponas et Deus te dirigat in viam rectam. Explicit. Explicit.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Aegidius de Tebaldis) (A.2.5)

. Translator’s preface, 1ra-1va; Haly’s preface, 1va-3rb; I, 3rb-45ra; II, 45ra-83vb; III, 83vb-134ra; IV, 134ra-166va; Haly’s appendix, 166va-170vb. Substantial glosses by Simon Bredon, which mainly consist of Plato of Tivoli’s translation (see f. 3r-166r below), but also of glosses to Aegidius de Tebaldis’s translation.

(3r‑166r)

(Marginal glosses to the previous text by Simon Bredon) 'Incipit liber quadripartiti Ptholomei Pheludiensis de iudiciis astrorum secundum aliam translacionem. Prohemium (another hand added: Et apparet Bredon<is>). Pronosticacio per astronomiam fienda dependet a duobus, ab astrologia quadam universali… (3v) Capitulum I. Rerum, Sire, in quibus est pronosticabilis sciencie stellarum perfectio magnas et precipuas duas esse deprehendimus, quarum altera que precedit et est fortior — hoc in loco huic libro finem imponere non incongruum existimavimus. Explicit liber Alarba Ptholomei in distinccione iudicandi per stellas de futuris et in constitucionis et destruccionis contingentibus.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (A.2.1)

. Simon Bredon’s introduction, 3r; I, 3v-45r; II, 45v-82r; III, 84r-133v; IV, 134v-166r. No additional glosses.

171ra‑208vb

‘In primo libro iudicialium Claudii Tho<lome>i ad Sirum insunt ista capitula. Proemium est primum. Quod pronosticatio per astronomiam sit possibilis et usque ad quid… (chapter index). Prohemium. Capitulum primum. Hiis qui instituunt per astronomiam pronosticum finem, o Sire, cum duo insint maxima et principalissima: unum quidem quod et primum est ordine virtute — Consummata iam geneatici sermonis specie summatim, bene utique habebit huic tractatui convenientem inponere tempore [deleted] finem. Explicit liber Ptholomei.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. William of Moerbeke) (A.2.6)

. I, 171ra-179vb; II, 179vb-188vb; III, 188vb-201va; IV, 201va-208vb. Substantial glosses by Simon Bredon f. 193r-194v and 201v-202v.