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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7471

s. XVI2 (copied in 1567, cf. colophons f. 6v, 11r (‘9° Maii 1567’), 22v (‘6 Maii 1567’) and 43v, with additions dated 1569, cf. f. 44v).


autograph of Francesco Maurolico.


Colbert; library of the kings of France in 1732.

Paper, 44 f., a single hand.

Astronomical works and notes by Francesco Maurolico: Ptolemaica (2v-6v); comm. on Sacrobosco’s De sphera ‘Maurolyci in sphaeram communem adnotationes’ (7r-11v); table for planets ‘Fulsio prima… Fulsio postrema…’ (13r); index of all sciences arranged in 13 categories ‘Prologus in indicem. Cum vacuus interdum praeteritis annis…’ (14r-23r, ed. S. Matton, ‘Note sur l’alchimie dans la classification des sciences et des arts de Francesco Maurolico. Suivie de l’édition de son Rerum tractandarum index’, Chrysopoeia 4 (1990-1991), 283-306); astrological notes on the twelve signs (23v-24v); Ptolemaica (25v-44v). Blank: 1, 12, 13v, 25r.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 363; R. Moscheo, ‘Manoscritti di Francesco Maurolico: catalogo topografico descrittivo’, online edition

2v‑6v and 25v‑44v


‘(2v-6v) In Magnae Ptolemaicae constructionis libros argumenta per Maurolycum. In primum. In prologo ait: Speculationem dividi in tria genera secundum Aristotelem, scilicet naturale, mathematicum ac theologicum — in oppositione superiores imitantur. Lector vale. 10 Maii 1567. (25v-44v) Sequitur breviarium sive epitome brevissimae in Almagestum Ptolemaei, sive idea Ptolemaica per Maurolycum diligentissime ordinata. (26r) Ptolemaicae traditiones ex singulis Magnae constructionis libris. Ex primo. Speculativa pars philosophiae cum in tria genera dividatur secundum Aritotelem, naturale scilicet, mathematicum ac theologicum — (43v) a Sole remotam videri posse negat. Fulsio prima… Fulsio postrema… [table, same as f. 13r above] Die June 16 Iunii dum Sol medium limen fenestrae occiduus percutit M.D.LX.VII. (44r) Differentias autem diversitatum in epicyclo propter inclinationem… In 4° ante observationem trium eclipsium. Si motus Lunae… (44v) In principio 12. Si planetis altioribus — postulat utrumque modum. 6 Iun<ii> 1569.’

= Francesco Maurolico, Breviarium sive epitome brevissimae in Almagestum Ptolemaei (C.1.29)

. No glosses in the first part (2v-6v), corrections by Maurolico in the second part (25v-44v), including three additions copied at the end (44r-44v).