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Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, W 108 III

s. XVex. Or.: Italy. Prov.: Alfonso, Duke of Calabria; Thomas Phillipps (no. 7084).

Parchment, 306 f., a very neat hand, deluxe MS with numerous painted initials.

Giovanni Pontano’s works: De principe (1v-10v); De obedentia (11v-60v); De fortitudine (61v-101v); Charon (102r-121v); Antonius (122r-157r); Ptolemaica (157v-261r); De aspiratione (261v-306v).

Lit. P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, III, London-Leiden, 1983, 197; G. Germano, Il De aspiratione del Pontano nel codice W 108 III della Ch. Beatty Library di Dublino in Nuovi studi in onore di Mario Santoro, eds M. C. Cafisse et al., Napoli, 1989, 43-58.


‘Ioannis Ioviani Pontani liber primus commentationum in centum sententiis Ptolomei ad ill<ustrem> principem Federicum ducem Urbini feliciter incipit. (158r) [preface] Tametsi publicarum rerum administratio, bellique gerendi cura deterrere me iure possent, Federice dux fortissime… (158v) [text] Textus Ptolemei. A te et a scientia, fieri enim nequit ut qui sciens est particulares rerum formas pronuntiet… [comm.] Commentario. Nec medici, nec moralis philosophi sola est cognitio, sed quaedam etiam operatio — (258r) [text] … sin non moventur provincialis hostis erit. [comm.] … tum stellarum radii vel trahentes eas, vel impellentes pro qualitate aspectus et virium efficatia. F<inis>.’