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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Urb. lat. 267

s. XIV.

Or.:

copied by ‘Johannes de Olargiis civis Narbonensis’ (cf. colophon f. 21rb below and colophon f. 39vb: ‘quem hic scripsit magister Iohannes de Olargiis civis Narbonensis’).

Prov.:

Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino (1474-1482).

Parchment, 40 f., a single neat hand, deluxe MS richly decorated, painted initials at the beginning of each section, including of each book of the Quadripartitum.

Astrology: chapter index of Ptolemy’s Quadripartitum (1ra-1rb); table of contents of the whole MS in a decorated diagram (3r); Ptolemaica (4ra-21rb); Haly Embrani, De electionibus horarum (23ra-31rb); Aomar, De nativitatibus (33ra-39vb); ‘Ad inveniendum annos ab initio mundi secundum Hebraicam veritatem…’ (39va-40ra), with example for 1245 and a table. Blank: 1v-3r, 21v-22v, 31v-32v, 40v.

Lit.

C. Stornajolo, Codices Urbinates latini, I: Codices 1-500, Roma, 1902, 248-249.

4ra‑21rb

‘Incipit liber quotuor tractatuum Ptholomei Alfilluhdhi qui arabice Alarba, grece Tetrastin, latine Quadripartitus dicitur, in scientia iudiciorum astrorum. Capitulum primum in collectione intellectus scientie iudiciorum astrorum. Rerum, Yesure, in quibus est pronosticabilis scientie stellarum profectio magnas et precipuas duas esse deprehendimus — hoc in loco huic libro finem i<m>ponere non incongruum existimamus. Explicit. Explicit liber Alarba, id est quatuor tractatuum, Ptholomei Pheludensis in iudicandi distinctione per stellas de futuris et in hoc mundo constructionis et destructionis contingentibus, quem Iohannes de Olargiis Narbonensis scripsit.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (A.2.1). I, 4ra-8va; II, 8va-12vb; III, 12vb-18rb; IV, 18rb-21rb. No glosses.