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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 2378

s. XIV2 (c. 1375).

Or.:

Bohemia (Prague acc. Unterkircher).

Prov.:

‘Liber iste est Nicolai canonici ecclesie Pragensis’ (f. 1r, 14th- or 15th-c. hand); Vienna, Stadtbibliothek (15th c.).

Parchment, 63 f., two contemporary hands (f. 1-40 and 41-63).

Astrology, natural philosophy and medicine: Michael Scot, De noticia ordinum stellarum fixarum celi seu ymaginum 48 (1r-15r); ‘Consequenter videndum est de formis et figuris signorum et planetarum quas influunt nascentibus…’ (15r-21r); ‘Ffac (!) medium satiris quem post per singula demis…’ (21r-21v); ‘Amplius signa que infra domum continentur sic agnosces…’ (21v-22r); Bethen, Centiloquium (22r-23v); Bethen, De horis planetarum (23v-24v); ‘Luna quando fuerit in Ariete in die 18 Iulii erit anno illo ventus orientalis…’ (24v-25r); ‘De Lune proprietatibus quando est in aliquibus signis. Quando Luna est in Cancro, Scorpionem et Pisce, bonum est bibere potionem…’ (25r); ‘Dominus primi si est in tali, id est in primo, et bonus et perfectus suum forte…’ (25r-26r); Benedictum sit nomen domini…, c. 7 (26r-26v); ‘Regule ad inveniendum res absconditas vel furatas et earum complexionem vel naturam…’ (26v-27r); Benedictum sit nomen domini…, c. 7-12 (27r-28v); Michael Scot, Liber introductorius, excerpts ‘De noticia 12 domorum per quam scitur que fuit domus naturales et que accidentales…’ (28v-32r); ‘Et scias quod in prima facie Arietis ascendit forma hominis nigri…’ (32r-32v); alchemical glossary ‘Aspaltum id est brenno vel furfurum…’ (32v-33v); Pseudo-Thomas Aquinas, Liber de essentiis (34r-40v); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (41ra-43rb); Hermes/Belenus, Liber imaginum Lunae (43rb-44rb); Ptolemaica (44rb-46va); Thomas of Cantimpré, De natura rerum (46vb-63v).

Lit.

Tabulae codicum manu scriptorum praeter Graecos et Orientales in Bibliotheca Palatina Vindobonensi asservatorum, II: Cod. 2001-3500, Wien, 1868, 65; F. Saxl, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierte Handschriften des Mittelalters, II: Die Handschriften der National-Bibliothek in Wien, Heidelberg, 1927, 99-103; F. Unterkircher, Inventar der illuminierten Handschriften, Inkunabeln und Frühdrucke der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, I: Die abendländischen Handschriften, Wien, 1957, 69; M. Roland, Die Handschriften der alten Wiener Stadtbibliothek in der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Wien, 1999, 76; S. Ackermann, Sternstunden am Kaiserhof. Michael Scotus und sein Buch von den Bildern und Zeichen des Himmels, Frankfurt/Main, 2009, 539-542; D. Blume, M. Haffner, W. Metzger, Sternbilder des Mittelalters und der Renaissance. Der gemalte Himmel zwischen Wissenschaft und Phantasie, II: 1200-1500, Berlin, 2016, 2 vols, II.1: Text und Katalog der Handschriften, pp. 209-214.

44rb‑46va

‘Ymagines Ptholomei [title added in the margin, other hand]. <O>pus ymaginum Ptolomei et est omnibus modis verior et valencior in probatione quoniam omnis effectus constitutus est super facies 12 signorum. Dixit Alburabeth Benfelis quia omnes orientales operantur per has ymagines — et inpetrabis ea que animus tuus desiderat. Explicit liber Ptolomei super facies signorum.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, De imaginibus super facies signorum (B.5)

Topics noted by the scribe in the margins.