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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, 955 (853)

s. XIV.

Prov.:

cathedral of Cambrai.

Parchment, 129 f., a single hand, painted initials at the beginning of each section, numerous richly decorated initials.

Astrology: Liber novem iudicum, attr. Ptolemy: ‘Incipit liber introductorius iudiciorum apotelesmaticon Tholomes’ (1ra-40vb, incomplete, ending in XI.8); Ptolemaica (41ra-128va and 128va-129rb); added table: planetary hours (129v).

Lit.

Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France. Départements, XVII, Paris, 1891, 394-395.

41ra‑128va

‘Incipit liber 4 tractatuum Ptolomei Alfilludhi in scientia iudiciorum astrorum. Et in primo tractatu sunt 24 capitula. Capitulum primum in collectione intellectus scientie iudiciorum astrorum. Rerum, Yesure, in quibus est prognosticabilis scientie stellarum profectio magnas et precipuas duas esse deprehendimus — hoc in loco huic libro finem imponere non incongruum existimamus. Explicit liber 4 Tholomei in iudicandi discretione per stellas de futuris et in hoc mundo constitutionis et destructionis contingentibus.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (A.2.1). I, 41ra-63ra; II, 63ra-83ra; III, 83ra-112va; IV, 112va-128va. Substantial glosses by the scribe, which often open ‘Sensus huius littere est…’, ‘In alio...’ or ‘Dicit Haly…’. On f. 96r the size of the main text has been reduced so as to leave more room for the glosses, which shows that the text and the glosses were meant to form one unit. Occasional glosses by a later hand.