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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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London, British Library, Harley 2506

s. Xex-XIin (probably after 994).

Or.:

Fleury and/or England (Winchester?).

Parchment, 93 f., several hands.

Astronomy mainly: Abbo of Fleury, prayer ‘In patris natique sui sed flaminis…’ (1ra-1rb); Hyginus, De astronomia (1rb-30ra), with addition by Abbo of Fleury ‘Terminat Hyginus volumen doctus moderans…’ (30ra-30rb); astronomical verses ‘Ad boreae partes Arcti vertuntur et anguis…’ (30rb-30va); Abbo of Fleury, De ratione spere (30va-32rb); two prayers ‘Domine Deus omnipotens sancta trinitas…’ (33ra); ‘De XII signis. Primitus de Ariete. Regionem XII caeli in quam Sol cursum suum dirigit…’ (33ra-35rb); Cicero, Aratea, with illustrations (36ra-48v); astronomical excerpts by various authors, including Pliny, Macrobius and Martianus Capella ‘De concordia solaris cursus et lunaris. Novem horis in Luna pro quinque diebus…’ (49ra-55rb); ‘Incipit liber prognosticorum Arati. Prognostica Solis et Lune. Sol cum fuerit in Ariete…’ (55va); Ptolemaica (55va-73v); Martianus Capella, De nuptiis Mercurii et Philologiae, Book VIII (74ra-83vb); abacus ‘Numeri videntur ratione formari…’ (84vb-85vb); Remi of Auxerre, comm. on Book VIII of Martianus Capella’s De nuptiis Mercurii et Philologiae (86ra-93vb, incomplete). Blank: 32v, 35v, 69v, 84r, 84va.

Lit.

A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, London, 1808-1812, 4 vols, II, 697; A. Van de Vyver, ‘Les œuvres inédites d’Abbon de Fleury’, Revue Bénédictine 47 (1935), 125-169: 142-144; F. Saxl, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierte Handschriften des Mittelalters, III (with H. Meier): Handschriften in Englischen Bibliotheken, London, 1953, 2 vols, I, 157-160; C. Leonardi, ‘I codici di Marziano Capella’, Aevum 34 (1960), 1-99: 73-75 (no. 98); B. Munk Olsen, L’étude des auteurs classiques latins aux XIe et XIIe siècles, I, Paris, 1982, 334; M. Mostert, The Library of Fleury. A Provisional List of Manuscripts, Hilversum, 1989, 107 (no. 380); D. Pingree, Preceptum canonis Ptolomei, Louvain-la-Neuve, 1997, 7-9; A. Borst, Schriften zur Komputistik im Frankenreich von 721 bis 818, Hannover, 2006, I, 343-344; D. Blume, M. Haffner, W. Metzger, Sternbilder des Mittelalters. Der gemalte Himmel zwischen Wissenschaft und Phantasie, I: 800-1200, Berlin, 2012, 2 vols, I.1: Text und Katalog der Handschriften, 327-332.

55va‑73v

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‘Preceptum ingrediendi canonis Tholomei. Intellectus climatum polisepiseme requires si inveneris platos civitatis — (69ra) requires superiorem et inferiorem et addes aut deduces’ (followed by the tables f. 70r-73v).

= Ptolemy, Preceptum canonis Ptolomei (tr. before c. 1000) (A.7.1). No glosses.