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Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

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Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Db. 87

s. XIIIex-XIVin (c. 1300).

Prov.:

‘Hic liber est fratris Bertholdi de Mosb<ur>ch [Bertholdus of Moosburg, d. after 1361], ordinis predicatorum de Theutonia’ (f. 268v); Cologne, library of the Dominicans (f. 1r); Mauritius Wilhelmus, Duke of Saxe-Zeitz (1664-1718).

Parchment, 268 f., one or similar neat hands, decorated blue and red initials throughout.

Astronomy: Ptolemaica (1r-71r); Geminus of Rhodes, Elementa astronomie (72r-102v, attr. Ptolemy in the table of contents f. 268v: ‘Introductiones Ptholomei in Almagesti’); ‘Propositio quadrati medietatis basis trianguli…’ (102v-103r); Ptolemaica (104r-161v and 162r-268r); added notes by two hands: owner’s note and table of contents partly faded (268v). Blank: 71v, 103v.

Lit.

Katalog der Handschriften der Sächsischen Landesbibliothek zu Dresden, I, Dresden, 1979, 305; D. Grupe, The Latin Reception of Arabic Astronomy and Cosmology in Mid-Twelfth-Century Antioch: The Liber Mamonis and the Dresden Almagest, PhD Dissertation, The Warburg Institute, 2013, 77-78; H. Zepeda, The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200), Turnhout, 2018, 65.

1r‑71r

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‘De prologo. De ordine eorum que sunt in hoc libro… [chapter index]. Preclare fecerunt qui corrigentes scienciam philosophie, o Syre, diviserunt theoricam partem philosophie a practica. Nam si pars practice antequam — et invenimus illas eclipses quas commemoravimus concordes fundamenti. Phylophonia Wuttoniensis Ebdelmessie explicit quartus sermo libri mathematice Ptholomei qui prenominatur Megali xintaxis sive astronomie translacione dictaminis.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. `Abd al-Masih of Winchester) (A.1.3)

. Book I, 1r-15v; II, 16r-31r; III, 31r-49v; IV, 49v-71r. All tables are missing. No glosses.

104r‑161v

‘Incipit Almagesti demonstratum de sex primis libris Ptolomei. Omnium recte philosophantium verisimilibus credibilibusque arcus autem orizontis inter gradum orientem vel grad<um> occidentem et circulum equinoctialem…’

= Almagesti minor (C.1.3)

, abrupt end in the middle of the last proposition (VI.25) at the bottom of the page. No glosses (except f. 104v). The table of contents f. 268v attributes the work to Campanus (‘Parvum Almagesti p… (?) demonstratum per Campanum’).

162r‑268r

‘Astronomia Gebri novem libri [added title]. Scientia species habet quarum melior post scientiam (267v) sunt digniores et evanescant et destruantur. Et illud est propositum. Finis noni et est ultimus librorum. [appendix] Nota in figura 13a primi libri Geber quod archus ag subtensus recto potest esse In eadem figura potest contingere (corr. ex contingente) quod uterque duorum archuum ag ab sit maior quarta circuli et quod uterque sit minor secundum Geber.’

= Geber, Liber super Almagesti (C.1.2)

. Preface, 162r-163r; I, 163r-171v; II, 171v-180r; III, 180r-188r (‘Corda ga est minor parte…’); IV, 188r-200v; V, 200v-222r; VI, 222v-239r; VII, 239r-253r; VIII, 253r-258v; IX, 258v-267v; Appendix, 267v-268r. Glosses by one hand, perhaps that of the scribe, up to f. 198r, rare thereafter.