Project icon: lavishly furnished initial letter with a painting of Ptolemy using an astrolab.

Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

Α Β Γ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ ς τ υ φ χ ψ ω
The following characters have a special meaning.
Put them next to a word without a space between.
" "encloses a sequence of words so that the sequence is searched as a whole.
+The following word must appear.
-The following word must not appear.
~The following word should not appear but may appear.
<The following word should appear but is not as relevant as other words.
>The following word should appear and is more relevant than other words.
( )groups words together so that one of the prefixes above can be applied to the whole group.
*is a wildcard behind a word, representing null, one or several arbitrary characters.

St Petersburg, Biblioteka Akademii Nauk, Q. 537

s. XVIin (copied in 1512, cf. f. 55r, 65r, 119r, 127v, 135v, 152v, 169r).

Paper, I+170 f., a single neat hand.

Astral magic, mostly rare or unidentified texts: table of contents (Ir); ‘Incipit liber occultus et preciosus Geberi philosophi in astronomia expertissimi de operatione figurarum admirabili septem planetarum quem transtulit Ioannes Hispalensis. Antiqui sapientes et philosophi in astronomia…’ (1r-24r); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus, variant version ‘Incipit liber prestigiorum Thebit Benchorat viri sapientis et in magicis expertissimi de imaginum compositione. Dixit Thebit filius Chorat…’ (25r-37v); Ptolemaica (38v-55r); ‘De compositione imaginum et experimento cum operatione excerptum de libro praestigiorum Nesbari expertissimi magi. Cum volueris aliquid operari in compositione imaginum…’ (56r-57v); Hermes, De imaginibus et horis (58r-65r); ‘Incipit liber Baleni de compositione imaginum septem planetarum. Opus profecto mirandum et multorum effectuum. Dixit Balenus sapiens: Magna est virtus imaginum…’ (66r-84r); ‘Incipit liber Balenii sapientis de sigillis planetarum. Quoniam necessarium est volentibus in compositione imaginum…’ (85r-106v); ‘Incipit libellus Behensatri viri sapientis et regis in India qui fuit in magicis expertissimus de sigillis planetarum. Saturnus habet in metallis plumbum…’ (107v-111v); ‘Incipit libellus de annulis planetarum quem fecit sapiens et in magicis expertissimus vir Beyelus omnium doctissimus. Septem sunt stellae erratiles…’ (112v-119r); Ptolemaica (120r-127v); ‘Incipiunt sigilla duodecim signorum Arnoldi de Villanova viri in mathematicis et magicis operationibus expertissimi. Antiquorum solertia coelum…’ (128v-135v); ‘Incipit secretum Hermetis de compositione imaginum secundum duodecim horas diei et noctis. Dixit Hermes: Quicumque voluerit in magicis operationibus…’ (136v-169r); ‘Nota quod Hermes ab gente Iudaeorum vixit in Aphrica…’ (169v); ‘Pro columbis capiendis. In die et hora Mercurii…’ (169v-170v). Blank: 38r, 55v, 65v, 84v, 107r, 112r, 119v, 128r, 136r.

Lit. I. N. Lebedeva, Rukopisi latinskogo alfavita XVI-XVII vv., Leningrad [St Petersburg], 1979, 105-108; P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, V, London-Leiden, 1990, 175.

38v‑55r

Images

‘Incipit libellus Ptolemaei, inter magos expertissimi, de compositione imaginum ad operationem mirabilium effectum. Ars imaginum est multiplex de qua multi multa scripserunt et varios modos tradiderunt faciendi et operandi in eis. Orientales autem et Indi… Imago ad ariendum furem sive latronem a domo tua — et habebit horribilia somnia, quod saepius probavi. Adest finis libelli imaginum quem ego non Ptolomaei sed potius Budasari, viri in magicis doctis, crediderim, ad Ptolemaeum quempiam, ita enim in vetustissimo exemplari legere me memini. Anno 1512, 3 Octob<ris>.’

120r‑127v

‘Incipit liber Ptolemaei de impressionibus imaginum annulorum sigillorum secundum facies duodecim signorum zodiaci. Incipiamus tractare de compositione et impressione sigillorum annulorum — vel ex argento vel mastice. Et sunt qui dicant tam aufferre et mitigare crudelitatem. Et est operatio eius in magicis experimentis et effectibus valde mirabilis. Finis libri Ptolemaei de sigillis et impressionibus imaginum secundum solum in duodecim signis. Anno 1512, die Ursulae.’