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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 24

s. XV2 (copy completed on 17 March 1467, cf. colophon).




János Vitéz (d. 1472); Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490); Georg Ratzenberger (d. 1537); Vienna, Stadtbibliothek, then (in 1780) Hofbibliothek. According to Unterkircher, Inventar…, the MS was decorated at a later date (c. 1489) for Matthias Corvinus; Roland only writes ‘Buchsehmuck später?’.

Parchment, 212 f., a single very neat hand, deluxe MS richly decorated f. 1r, numerous painted initials.

Ptolemaica (single text), except for the horoscope (added by another hand, perhaps Regiomontanus’s) of the foundation of the University of Pozsony for 6 June 1467 (212v).


Tabulae codicum manu scriptorum praeter Graecos et Orientales in Bibliotheca Palatina Vindobonensi asservatorum, I: Cod. 1-2000, Wien, 1864, 4; F. Unterkircher, Inventar der illuminierten Handschriften, Inkunabeln und Frühdrucke der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, I: Die abendländischen Handschriften, Wien, 1957, 2; C. Csapodi, K. Csapodi-Gárdonyi, Bibliotheca Corviniana. Die Bibliothek des Königs Matthias Corvinus von Ungarn, Budapest, 1967, 72; C. Csapodi, The Corvinian Library. History and Stock, Budapest, 1973, 338 (no. 558); Katalog der datierten Handschriften in lateinischer Schrift in Österreich, III: F. Unterkircher, Die datierten Handschriften der österreichischen Nationalbibliothek von 1451 bis 1500, I, Wien, 1974, 17; J. Monfasani, Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond, Binghamton (NY), 1984, 75; K. Barlai and Á. Bonronkai, ‘Astronomical Codices in the Corviniana Library’, Memorie della Società Astronomia Italiana 65 (1994), 533-546: 538 and Fig. 4; M. Roland, Die Handschriften der alten Wiener Stadtbibliothek in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Wien, 1999, 53; J.-P. Boudet and D. Hayton, ‘Mathias Corvin, János Vitéz et l’horoscope de fondation de l’Université de Pozsony en 1467’, in Actes du colloque «Mathias Corvin, les bibliothèques princières et la genèse de l’Etat moderne», Budapest, 2009, 187-195: 190-191.


‘Magne Claudii Ptolomei libri a Georgio Trapezuntio traducti incipiunt capitula primi libri feliciter. Prefatio autoris. De ordine huius doctrine… [chapter index of Book I]. Sequitur capitulum primum. Prefatio auctoris. Peroptime mihi videntur, o Syre, qui bene phylosophati sunt, speculativam philosophie partem ab activa seperasse (!). Nam etsi active accidat parti ydoneum hic modum ac finem hec est compositio consecuta. Finis 17 Marcii 1467.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. George of Trebizond) (A.1.4). Book I, 1r-15r; II, 15r-38v; III, 38v-52r; IV, 52v-69r; V, 69r-88v; VI, 88v-107v; VII, 107v-123v; VIII, 123v-137v; IX, 137v-156v; X, 156v-166r; XI, 166r-182v; XII, 183r-196r; XIII, 196r-212v. No glosses. Occasional marginal notes by the scribe.