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Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

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Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Fondo antico lat. Z. 344 (1878)

s. XIII (the MS is dated to the 14th c. by Valentinelli and Pedersen 2002, and to the 15th c. by Lemay). Or.: Italy.

Parchment, 236 f. (with 31-50 and 115-116 missing and foliation skipping f. 102, 174 and 198), a single neat hand (except for f. 63rb-64vb), painted initials f. 1r, 79r, 103r, 117r, 155r, 175r and 199r, decorated initials.

Astrology and astronomy: Pseudo-John of Seville, Epitome totius astrologie (1ra-30va); Zael, De electionibus (51ra-58va); ‘Hoc est extractum de opere phylosophorum de Luna in signis omnibus. Luna in Ariete sive questio precedat…’ (59ra-63ra); ‘Hic est quidam deffectus libri Mesaela qui est in fine 4 particule ubi est una crux et est de ellectionibus et incipit 5 particula Aristotelis plenior artibus. Cum aliquid vis emere partem fortune…’ (63rb-64vb, added by another hand); table: elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets (67v); horoscopic diagram summarising the nature of the 12 signs (68r); table: elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets (68v); Messahallah, De significationibus planetarum in nativitate (69ra-76ra); ‘Incipit opus phylosophorum ad eligendum bonum a malo in inceptione operum per cursum Lune in duodecim signis…’ (76ra-78va); ‘De aeris mutatione vel pluvia. Indicabis autem particulariter de aeris mutatione sic…’ (78va-78vb); Alcabitius, Introductorius (79ra-102vb); Albumasar, Flores (103ra-114vb); Zael, Liber iudiciorum (117ra-154ra, Introductorium, Quinquaginta precepta and De interrogationibus); Ptolemaica (155ra-173va); Alfraganus, De scientia astrorum, tr. Gerard of Cremona (175ra-197rb); canons of Toledan tables (199ra-223a); Canones super tabulas Humeniz philosophi summi Egiptiorum (223ra-223va); ‘Theorica planetarum [title added by another hand]. Movetur Sol sub circulo signorum qui dicitur zodiacus…’ (224ra-228vb); Theorica planetarum Gerardi (229ra-233vb); ‘Si vis scire horas per pluras…’ (234ra). Blank: 65r-67r, 154v, 198v, 234v-236v (except for scattered notes f. 235v).

Lit. J. Valentinelli, Bibliotheca manuscripta ad S. Marci Venetiarum. Codices MSS. Latini, IV, Venezia, 1871, 278-280 (XI.104); R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 278-280; F. S. Pedersen, The Toledan Tables. A Review of the Manuscripts and the Textual Versions with an Edition, København, 2002, I, 182-183.

155ra‑173va

‘Centiloquium Ptolomaei [title added by another hand]. Dixit Ptolomeus et Hermes quod locus Lune in hora — (155rb) expertus fuit multotiens. Tolomeus dixit quod stelle cum caudis sunt novem — (155vb) in regibus et divitibus apparebit. Dixit Ptolomeus: Iam scripsi tibi, Iesure, libros de hoc quod operantur stelle in seculo hoc… Verbum primum. Scientia stellarum ex te et illis est… (156ra) Expositio. Quod dixit Ptolomeus, ex te et ex illis, significat quod qui res futuras prenoscere desiderat — et ego Deum precor ut te diligat. Et perfecta est huius libri translatio 17 die mensis Martii, 12 die mensis Gumedi secundi anno Arabum 5302 (!).’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (B.1.2), opening with Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Dixerunt Ptholomeus et Hermes quod locus Lune… (B.10), 155ra-155rb, and De cometis (B.4), 155rb-155vb. Substantial glosses by the scribe, sometimes introduced by ‘Sensus huius…’ or ‘Sensus huius littere…’.