Project icon: lavishly furnished initial letter with a painting of Ptolemy using an astrolab.

Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

Α Β Γ Δ Ε Ζ Η Θ Ι Κ Λ Μ Ν Ξ Ο Π Ρ Σ Τ Υ Φ Χ Ψ Ω α β γ δ ε ζ η θ ι κ λ μ ν ξ ο π ρ σ ς τ υ φ χ ψ ω
The following characters have a special meaning.
Put them next to a word without a space between.
" "encloses a sequence of words so that the sequence is searched as a whole.
+The following word must appear.
-The following word must not appear.
~The following word should not appear but may appear.
<The following word should appear but is not as relevant as other words.
>The following word should appear and is more relevant than other words.
( )groups words together so that one of the prefixes above can be applied to the whole group.
*is a wildcard behind a word, representing null, one or several arbitrary characters.

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 388

s. XVII1 (1643, cf. colophon). Or.: England, the MS was copied on Thomas Allen’s original, then in possession of Sir Thomas Alisbury. Prov.: William Lilly, then Elias Ashmole in 1652. The origin and early history of the MS is detailed in a note added by Elias Ashmole on f. Iv: ‘Mr. Allen gave the originall of this work to Sir Thomas Alisbury, from whence there was transcribed two coppies, the one Mr. Huniades the chimist had, the other was given to Mr Lilly, which (?) he bestowed on me this 30th of May 1652. E. Ashmole’.

Paper, I+117 f. (followed by about 50 blank and unnumbered folia), a single hand.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: Ir, 117v.

Lit. W. R. Black, A Descriptive, Analytical, and Critical Catalogue of the Manuscripts Bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole, Oxford, 1845, 294.

1r‑117r

Images

‘Claudii Ptolomaei Pelusiensis De astrorum iudiciis aut, ut vulgo vocant, Quadripartitae constructionis liber secundus cum expositione Thomae Alleyn Angli, Oxoniensis. Caput primum. Hactenus quidem percurrimis ea quorum cognitionem prognosticationes et predictiones rerum particularium — tute et occulte describit. Finis libri tertii. Maii 14° 1643.’

= Thomas Allen, Commentary on the Quadripartitum (C.2.27), Books II-III. II, 1r-35v; III, 36r-117r. No glosses. A few short marginal notes by the scribe and by another hand.