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Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Fondo antico lat. Z. 328 (1760)

s. XV2. Or.: MS prepared for Cardinal Bessarion probably under Regiomontanus’s supervision. Prov.: Cardinal Bessarion (cf. inner front cover, f. Iv and title added in his hand f. 1r); Hieronymus Venerius in 1722 (ex-libris f. Iv).

Parchment, I+157 f., a single neat hand, painted initials f. 1r and 2v, decorated initials.

Astronomy: table of contents, Regiomontanus’s hand (Iv); Ptolemaica (1r-117v); Menelaus, Spherica (120r-157r); ‘Extra. Omnis trianguli arcubus circulorum magnorum in superfitie spherae…’ (157r-157v). Blank: 118r-119v.

Lit. J. Valentinelli, Bibliotheca manuscripta ad S. Marci Venetiarum. Codices MSS. Latini, IV, Venezia, 1871, 249-251 (XI.63); E. Zinner, Regiomontanus: His Life and Work, Amsterdam-New York-Oxford-Tokyo, 1990 (tr. from Leben und Wirken des Joh. Müller von Köningsberg, genannt Regiomontanus, Osnabrück, 1968, with supplements), 213 (no. 51); P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, II, London-Leiden, 1977, 213; A. Rigo, ‘Bessarione, Giovanni, Regiomontano e i loro studi su Tolomeo a Venezia e Roma (1462-1464)’, Studi Veneziani, N. S. 21 (1991), 49-110: 80.



‘Magistri Ioannis de Kunigsperg prohemium in epitomam Almagesti sive Magne constructionis Ptolemaei, factam partim per eum, partim per magistrum Georgium de Peurbach et dedicatam reverendissimo domino cardinali Nicaeno [title added by Bessarion in upper margin]. Admiranti michi saepenumero vel potius graviter et inique serenti tam raros esse etate nostra optimarum… (2v) Epitoma primi libri Ptolemaei. Recte profecto meo iudicio nobiliores philosophi, o Syre, distinxerunt inter theoricam philosophie et practicam partem — quod postremo hoc in theoreumate explorare et coepto labori modum statuere decrevimus. Finis terciidecimi.’

= Regiomontanus, Epitome Almagesti (C.1.21). Preface, 1r-2r; I, 2v-12r; II, 12r-20v; III, 21r-31r; IV, 31v-38v; V, 39r-50r; VI, 50v-61r; VII, 61v-66r; VIII, 66v-72v; IX, 73r-82v; X, 83r-91v; XI, 92r-100r; XII, 100v-105r; XIII, 105v-117r. No glosses.