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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Avignon, Bibliothèque Municipale, 1022 (341)

s. XV (Moulinier-Brogi dates the MS to the 13th c. by mistake, cf. John of Eschenden named twice f. 8v and Geoffrey of Meaux’s work f. 203v-206r).

Prov.:

Avignon, Dominican church (f. 1r).

Paper, 225 f., a single neat hand, painted initial and decoration f. 33r.

Astrology: Albumasar, Flores, incomplete (1ra-8va); ‘De pronosticatione futurorum secundum Iohannem Scenden. Pronosticatio per revolutiones annorum mundi sic poterit haberi. Dixit Iohannes Escenden quod omnes astrologi…’ (8va-11vb); ‘Et quoniam principalis intentio gloriosissimi Galieni in tertio Creticorum…’ (12ra-13ra); ‘Si volueris scire per instrumentum loca Solis et Lune et eorum coniunctiones et oppositiones…’ (13ra-13vb); Astronomia Ypocratis, anonymous tr. (13vb-17rb); astrological symbols for the signs and planets (17rb); ‘Florum astronomie ad medicinam tractatus incipit. Incipiunt flores astronomie valentes in opere medicine extracti per magistrum Geraldi Hyspani. Capitulum primum. Que sunt consideranda in qualibet egritudine. Et primo parem numerum volo…’ (17rb-21ra); ‘De floribus astrologie tractatus incipit. Ars artium est quarum que divine astrologie…’ (21ra-29vb); Guillelmus Anglicus, De urina non visa (29vb-32vb); Guido Bonatti, Liber introductorius ad iudicia stellarum (33ra-203va); Geoffrey of Meaux, Compendium astronomie iudicialis (203va-206rb); Ptolemaica (209ra-224vb and 224vb-225va); ‘Impedimentum vero Lune que huic ducatum…’ (225va-225vb). Blank: 206v-208v.

Lit.

Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France. Départements, XXVII, Paris, 1894, 478-480; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 328-329; L. Moulinier-Brogi, Guillaume l’Anglais, le frondeur de l’uroscopie médiévale (XIIIe siècle), Genève, 2011, 185.

209ra‑224vb

‘Incipit Centilogium Ptholomey cum expositione Heremani. Mundanorum ad hoc et ad illud mutatio corporum celestium… Scientia namque astrorum ex te etc. Dicit Ptholomeus astrologum non debet dicere rem specialiter sed universaliter… (209rb) Quod dixit Pth<olome>us, ex te et illis est, significat quod ille qui res futuras prenoscere desiderat — et quanto melius quivimus exposuimus.’

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

, with proposition of v. 1 also given in Plato of Tivoli’s translation (B.1.2). Glosses by the scribe, substantial on f. 216v, 218v and 224r-225r. These glosses include, in connection with v. 51, Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Dixerunt Ptholomeus et Hermes quod locus Lune… (B.10) on f. 216v: ‘Locus Lune etc. Dicit Ptho<lomeu>s et Hermes quod locus Lune in hora nativitatis — fuit expertus.’

224vb‑225va

‘Ptholomeus in hoc libro tricas et tricarum nomina posuit… Stelle cum caudis sunt novem que mundum movent — et per mortem, per gladium atque decollationem.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, De cometis (B.4)

. Substantial glosses by the scribe.