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Ptolemaeus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barb. lat. 156

s. XVex.

Prov.:

Bartolomeo Vespucci, professor of astronomy at Padua and Amerigo Vespucci’s nephew, who sold the MS in 1512 (f. 1r: ‘Bartholomei Vespuccii quem emit anno 1512 Florentie libre 3’; f. 215r: ‘Bartholomei Vespuccii librum emi Florentie anno 1512 libre 3’).

Paper, 215 f., three hands: I. f. 1-149 and 198-215; II. f. 150-171; III. f. 172-197.

Astronomy: Ptolemaica (1r-145v); Andalo di Negro, Tractatus de compositione astrolabii (146r-147r, incomplete); Andalo di Negro, Theorica distantiarum omnium spherarum (150ra-153va, with tables 155ra-155v); Andalo di Negro, Theorica planetarum (162ra-171va); Alpetragius, De motibus celorum (172ra-194rb); Pseudo-Messahallah, De compositione astrolabii (198r-215r). Blank: 147v-149v, 154, 156-161, 194v-197.

Lit.

Inventarium codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Barberinae (handwritten catalogue), I, 212-213; T. Silverstein, Medieval Latin Scientific Writings in the Barberini Collection, Chicago, 1957, 32-34.

1r‑145v

‘<A>dmiranti michi saepe numero vel potius graviter vel inique serenti tam raros esse aetate nostra optimarum… (2v) Recte profecto meo iudicio nobiliores philosophi, o Sire, distinxerunt inter theoricam philosophie et practicam partem — quod postremo hoc in theoreumate explorare et coepto labori modum statuerit decrevimus.’

= Regiomontanus, Epitome Almagesti (C.1.21)

. Preface, 1r-2v; I, 2v-13v; II, 14r-24r; III, 24r-36v; IV, 36v-45v; V, 45v-60r; VI, 60r-74r; VII, 74r-80r; VIII, 80r-88r; IX, 88r-100r; X, 100r-111v; XI, 111v-122v; XII, 122v-130v; XIII, 130v-145v. No glosses.