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Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, II.III.214

s. XV.

Paper, 84 f., a single neat hand. One or several folia are missing between f. 30 and 31.

Astral magic, magic and astrology: Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (1r-4r); ‘Acceptio ascendentis. Cum vis ascendens accipere in die ante meridem…’ (4v); Ptolemaica (4v-8v); ‘Sunt quidam qui maleficiis impediti cum uxoribus suis coire non possunt…’ (8r-8v); Hermes, De imaginibus et horis (8v-9v); Hermes/Belenus, Liber imaginum Lunae (9v-11r); Hermes/Belenus, De imaginibus diei et noctis (12v-14v); Hermes/Belenus, De quattuor imaginibus magnis (14v-15r); ‘Prima dies Iovis mensis Martii facias pingere Adam et Evam ad formam eorum…’ (15r); Hermes, Liber septem planetarum ex scientia Abel (15r-23v); ‘Incipit liber de ieiuniis et sacrificiis et suffumigationibus septem planetarum. Capitulum de Saturno. Capitulum de Saturno primum. Septem stelle ad omnia valentes habent sacrificia…’ (23v-24v); Hermes, Liber Mercurii (24v-26r); Hermes, De imaginibus sive annulis septem planetarum (26r-26v, excerpt); Salomon, De quatuor annulis (26v-29v, incomplete); last lines of a text ending ‘Explicit anulus’ (31r); ‘Incipit liber de locutione cum spiritibus planetarum. Dixit Abuelabec (?) Altanaram quidam philosophus astrologus…’ (31r-33r); Hermes, Liber planetarum (Liber Saturni) (33r-38r); Mahomet, Liber septem nominum (38r-41r); Mahomet, Liber quindecim nominum (41r-42r); Hermes, De imaginibus sive annulis septem planetarum (42v-43v); ‘Liber de secretis angelorum. Incipit liber quem dominus Deus misit per angelum suum Rachaelem…’ (43v-44v); various experimenta ‘Primum quidem mundum in hac arte homines vocat…’ (44v-49r); Ptolemaica (49v-54r); Ibn al-Jazzār, De proprietatibus (54r-57v); Liber vacce (57v-72r); Albertus Magnus, De mineralibus (72r-73r); Costa ben Luca, De physicis ligaturis (73r-74v); Salomon, De figura Almandal (74v-78v); ‘Incipit liber Bileth. Primum quidem sacratum sacravit me et in terra…’ (78v-84r). Blank: 30, 84v.

Lit. G. Mazzatinti, Inventari dei manoscritti delle biblioteche d’Italia, X, Forli, 1900, 7-8; D. Pingree, ‘Learned Magic in the Time of Frederick II’, in Le scienze alla corte di Federico II. Sciences at the Court of Frederick II [Micrologus II], Turnhout, 1994, 39-56: 43-54; S. Gentile, C. Gilly, Marsilio Ficino e il ritorno di Ermete Trismegisto. Marsilio Ficino and the Return of Hermes Trismegistus, Firenze, 1999, 238-240; J. Véronèse, L’Almandal et l’Almadel latins au Moyen Age. Introduction et éditions critique, Firenze, 2012, 69-72.

4v‑8r

‘Opus ymaginum secundum consilium Ptholomei et est omnibus modis proprior et veracior et in probatione quoniam eius effectus constitutus est super facies signorum XII. Dixit Albuthabelen felix quod omnes orientales operantur per has ymagines — Cumque hoc feceris pervenies ad quod volueris et impetrabis ab eo quod animus tuus desiderat. Explicit liber.’

49v‑54r

‘Incipit liber de iudiciis partium Ptolomei, et primo de parte fortune hic accipitur in die a Sole in Lunam, in nocte e contrario, et prohicitur ab ascendente. (50r) Quoniam et in primo libro partium terminos et loca posuimus, iudicia sub earundem ministrare curavimus. Pars fortune et eius dominus corpus — partis significationem aut eius domini hiis XII mensibus mutatur.’