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Ptolemaeus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 2058

s. XVex. Or.: MS presented to Pope Sixtus IV by Andreas of Trebizond. Prov.: Sixtus IV.

Parchment, 242 f., a single neat hand, deluxe MS richly illuminated on f. 1r and 5r (Sixtus IV’s portrait and coat of arms), large painted initials at the beginning of each book and numerous painted initials.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: 242.

Lit.Inventarium librorum Latinorum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Vaticanae (handwritten catalogue), III, 293-294; B. Nogara, Codices Vaticani Latini. Codices 1401-2059, Roma, 1912, 435-436; W. Norlind, ‘Georgius Trapezuntius och hans Almagest-kommentar’, Nordisk Tidskrift för Bok-ich-Bibliothesväsen 53 (1966), 19-24: 22; J. Monfasani, Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond, Binghamton (NY), 1984, 64.

1r‑241v

‘Andreae Trapenzuntii, Georgii filii, ad divum Xystum pont<ificem> max<imum> in paternis ad Ptolemaeum commentariis praefatio. Cum anno superiore Ptolemaei Almaiestum ab eruditissimo et Christianissimo viro Georgio Trapezuntio, patre meo… (5r) Georgii Trapecuntii ad libros Magne Ptolomei compositionis introductio. Capitulum primum. De divisione omnis circuli et precipue zodiaci. Quoniam libros Ptolomei de motibus celestium, quibus nescio an quicquam altius ac rationis et scientie via certius inveniri aut fingi possit, ex Greca lingua in Latinam vertimus… (16v) Expositio Magne compositionis Ptolomei a Geogio (!) Trapezunda facta incipit. Codicis huius quem exposituri gratia salvatoris sumus volumina librique xiii sunt, in quibus Ptolomeus intendit erraticarum stellarum et fixarum motus invenire — (241r) maius inter observationes temporis spatium exigit quam vita hominis sit’ (followed by a diagram f. 241v).

= George of Trebizond, Commentary on the Almagest (C.1.19). Andreas of Trebizond’s preface to Sixtus IV, 1r-4v; Introduction, 5r-16r; I, 16v-39r; II, 39r-67r; III, 67r-78v; IV, 78v-90r; V, 90v-118v; VI, 118v-143r;VII, 143v-145r; VIII, 145r-150v; IX, 150v-170v; X, 171r-183v; XI, 184r-196v; XII, 197r-212r; XIII, 212r-241v. No glosses.