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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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London, British Library, Sloane 332

s. XVin (probably around or soon after 1420, cf. added note f. 11r: ‘Nota quod anno domini 1420 erat aetas mundi 6629…’).

Or.:

England.

Prov.:

‘Edwardus Blomeville de Gountone’ (f. 58v and 91v); Francis Bernard (1627-1698) (f. 1r).

Paper, with a few parchment leaves, 93 f., several hands.

Astrology: medical recipes (1v-2r); table: elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets (2v); ‘12 domus. Prima domus: vite, corporis, animi…’ (3r-3v); Zael, Introductorium, end of c. 2 (3v); astrological tables (4r-4v); Robert Grosseteste, De impressionibus aeris, beginning only (5r); Bernard of Gordon (?), Tractatus ad faciendum sigilla et ymagines contra infirmitates diversas (6r-7v); astronomical diagrams with note (8r-8v); astrological tables (9r-9v); ‘Tractatus de coniunctionibus planetarum cum Luna . Nota quod duplex est coniunctio…’ (10r-11r); ‘De ympeditis et defectibus cum debilitatibus planetarum. Debilitas planetarum fit 10 modis…’ (11v); ‘Si vis scire que in quibus annis…’ (11v-13r); Messahallah, Epistola de rebus eclipsium (13v-15v); ‘Debilitarum stellarum est casus excitum…’ (15v); ‘Practica Campani de dispositione aeris. Cum ergo dispositionem aeris…’ (16r-16v); ‘Accidentia aeris scies ab ascendente coniunctionis vel preventionis…’ (16v); ‘De medicinis recipiendis. Dixit Abraham: Commedere medicinam…’ (17r); ‘De coloribus planetarum. Nota quod Saturnus est primus…’ (17v); ‘Stelle orientales et apparentes matutinales faciunt corpora magna…’ (18r-19r); Ptolemaica (19r and 19v); Hermes/Enoch, Tractatus de quindecim stellis, incomplete (20r-21r); ‘Aries est igneus et sic est calidus et siccus…’ (22r-27v); ‘Saturnus quid… (?) natura frigidus et siccus…’ (28r-31r); Zael, Liber iudiciorum (31v-57r); drawing of the sign of Aries with its three decans (57r); added table of topics dealt with in the present MS (57v); ‘Cum omnis scientia vel omni ars propter utilitatem suam naturaliter…’ (59r-70v); Abraham Avenezra, De questionibus, anonymous tr., incomplete (71v-72r); later additions, including horoscopes of the revolution of 1614 (73r-79v); Guillelmus Anglicus, De urina non visa (80r-82v); Messahallah, Liber receptionis, excerpt from c. 3 (83r-83v); Messahallah, Liber de intentionibus secretorum astronomie (84r-87v); ‘De meditatione cordis. Dixit Alkyndus: Quando vis scire cogitationem querentis…’ (88r-89r); ‘Domus prima est domus et angulus orientalis…’ (89r-90v); ‘Pro figure sequentis declaratione…’ (90v-91r, with diagram of planetary intervals); scattered notes (91v-93v); ‘Computa litteras nominum maritorum in unum et si inequales sint…’ (92r); horoscopic diagram summarising the 12 houses (92v). Blank: 1r, 5v-5bisv, 21v, 58 (except added notes f. 58v), 71r, 72v, 74r.

Lit.

Catalogus librorum manuscriptorum bibliothecae Sloananiae, I, s.l.n.d., 53-54; L. Thorndike, ‘Notes upon Some Less Familiar British Astronomical and Astrological Manuscripts’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 22 (1959), 157-171: 165.

19r

‘Hec super Centilogii Ptol<omei> propositione 16a [note in margin]. Nota: Si in nativitate alicuius fortune sint domini malarum domorum — eiusdem signi actionem sequetur.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (version ‘Mundanorum’) (B.1.4)

, excerpts from v. 16, 23, 40 and 45, mainly from the commentary. V. 53, 45 and 71 have also been used in the text that precedes in the MS, on f. 18r. No glosses.

19v

‘Dixerunt Ptolomeus et Hermes quod Lune locus in hora — fuit expertus multociens.’