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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 971

s. XV2 (c. 1468). Or.: Italy. Prov.: Cardinal Bessarion, who annotated the MS.

Paper, 129 f. two hands (I: f. 6r-124v; II: f. 2r-5v and 124v-126v).

Political texts: Ptolemaica (2r-4v); George of Trebizond, Comparatio philosophorum Aristotelis et Platonis, preface to Mehmed II (4v-5v and 124v-126v); Rodericus (Sánchez de Arévalo), Liber de sceleribus et infelicitate perfidi Turchi ac de spurcicia et feditate gentis et secte sue (6r-124v). Blank: 1 (except for Bessarion’s ex-libris f. 1v).

Lit.Inventarium librorum Latinorum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Vaticanae (handwritten catalogue), II, 240-241; A. Pelzer, Codices Vaticani Latini. Codices 679-1134, Vaticano, 1931, 430-431; J. Monfasani, Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond, Binghamton (NY), 1984, 62-63 and 285.


‘Ad excellentissimum inclitum optimumque imperatorem Romanorum sedem Constantini virtute sua et victoria divinitus sibi concessa obtinentem Georgii Trapenzuntii. Oratio quod natura omnibus qui fierunt imperatoribus praestantior est. Solent omnes qui aliquid excogitarunt — semper integro animo serviturum. Ex Gallata oppido Constantinopoli propinquo die XXV Februarii anno Christi 1465.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. George of Trebizond) (A.1.4), preface to Mehmed II only. No glosses.