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Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, lat. VIII.44 (3715)

s. XV1. Or.: probably Venice, where the MS was c. 1430 (cf. biographical notes added by another hand on f. 157v concerning a Nicholaus Augusto, born in Venice in 1391 and vicar of the monastery S. John and Paul of Venice since 1429; the last date given is 1430; a note added by the same hand on f. 63r also mentions the date 1429).

Paper, 157 f., a single hand, with additions by another hand f. 63, 99v-102v and 157v.

Astrology, geomancy and divination: Alcabitius, Introductorius (2r-28v); Table ‘Anni planetarum secundum Ptholomeum in Almagesti sunt Saturni maiores 47…’ (28v); ‘Cum fuerit Luna in Capite Draconis vel in Cauda in uno signo…’ (29r); table: elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets (29v-30r); Ptolemaica (31r-44v); ‘Nunc de Luna et eius aspectibus ad planetas videamus et primo ad Saturnum…’ (44v-45r); ‘Castigo te ne electionem facias ei cuius nativitatem ignoraveris…’ (45r-45v); Alfraganus, De scientia astrorum, excerpts on the fixed stars and the lunar mansions (46r-47r); Jafar, Liber imbrium, fragment (47r-47v); ‘De fortitudine planetarum est ut si planeta in bono loco ab ascendente…’ (48r-53r); ‘Cyromancia est ars demonstrans mores…’ (54r-61v); John of Murs (?), Compilatio in arte geomancie (64r-99r); added astrological notes ‘Et scias quod quando figura aspicit…’ (99v-102v, by the same hand that copied the biographical notes f. 157v); Si quis per artem geomanticam… (103r-157r); ‘Si vis scire sub quo planeta natus fuisti et quod signum erat ascendens in hora nativitatis tue…’ (157v). Blank: 1r-1v (except for ex-libris and modern notes), 30v, 53v, 62r-63v (except for added notes f. 63r).

Lit. J. Valentinelli, Bibliotheca manuscripta ad S. Marci Venetiarum. Codices MSS. Latini, IV, Venezia, 1871, 280-281 (XI.105).


‘Istam doctrinam dedit Ptholomeus filio suo. Signorum alia sunt masculini generis, alia feminini. Masculini sunt ista: Aries, Gemini, Leo— Si nec bene nec male se prospiciunt post bellum non erunt amici nec inimici.’