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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania – Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Ms. Codex 826 (olim Lat. 3)

s. XIIIex-XIVin (c. 1300 acc. Zacour/Hirsch, ‘mid 13th c.’ acc. Faye/Bond).


‘Written in France’ (Faye/Bond), ‘Spain (?)’ (Zacour/Hirsch).


Antonio Cánovas del Castillo (1828-1897), cf. ex-libris on inner front cover.

Parchment, II+63+Ia f., a single hand (several hands acc. Faye/Bond and Zacour/Hirsch).

Ptolemaica (single text), expect for mathematical notes and diagrams in the hand of the glossator (IIv). Blank: Ir-IIr (except for ‘Geber de astronomia et motibus stellarum’ in a medieval hand, possibly that of the glossator, f. IIr), Ia.


C. U. Faye, W. H. Bond, Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, New York, 1962, 486 (‘Lat. 3’); N. P. Zacour, R. Hirsch, Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1965, 2 (‘Lat. 3’).


‘Incipit liber Geber. Scientia species habet quarum melior post scientiaminter duas lineas be et ge in duo media secundum quod est in figura.’

= Geber, Liber super Almagesti (C.1.2). Preface, 1r-1v; I, 1v-7r; II, 7r-14v; III, 15r-18r; IV, 18r-25r; V, 25r-36r; VI, 36r-55v; VII, 55v-63v (abrupt end in the middle of the page close to the end of Book VII). Substantial glosses by a late medieval hand, perhaps from c. 1440 (cf. faint note under the explicit: ‘Magi(stri?) …ii (?) de … (?) 1440’).