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Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Selden supra 76

s. XIII2.

Or.:

England.

Prov.:

probably Winchester by the early 16th c. (f. 46v: list of 38 monks of St Swithun, Winchester, added in an early-16th hand).

Parchment, 126 f., one main hand, decorated initials.

Astrology, astronomy, alchemy and various: Roger of Hereford, De quatuor partibus iudiciorum astronomie, incomplete (3r-7r); astrological tables: parts and essential dignities (7r-10r); Roger of Hereford, Liber de tribus generalibus iudiciis astronomie (10v-19v); Theorica planetarum ‘Liber de motibus planetarum. Investigantibus astronomie raciones…’ (20r-28r); Algorismi [al-Khwārizmī], astronomical tables, excerpts (28r-29v); canons of astronomical tables and astrolabe chapters ‘Doctrina equationis omnium planetarum. Primo sumantur anni collecti…’ (31r-40v), including Ptolemaica (39v-40v); political philosophy ‘Liber de institutione universitatis. Omni homo naturaliter desiderat…’ (41r-45v); Alkindi, De radiis (47r-60v); ‘Liber graduum. Quoniam omnis inequalitas…’ (61r-69v); ‘Liber de vulgari iudicio sermonis. Quoniam plurimi hominum vulgari rerum intellectu…’ (69r-72v); recipes of alchemy (74r-109r); Thetel, Liber sigillorum (109v-112v); nine verses on stones ‘Fert asinus lapidem precio …’ (112v-113r); notes of magic (?), faint or erased (113v-115r); alchemy ‘Michi videtur dicere quod annussadir dum sublevatur aceto…’ (116r-125r). Blank: 1-2, 30, 46r, 72v-73v, 115v, 125v-126v.

Lit.

F. Madan, H. H. E. Craster, A Summary Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, II.1, Oxford, 1922, 644-645 (no. 3464); M.-T. d’Alverny, F. Hudry, ‘Al-Kindi: De radiis’, Archives d’Histoire Doctrinale et Littéraire du Moyen Age 41 (1974), 139-260: 195-196; F. S. Pedersen, The Toledan Tables. A Review of the Manuscripts and the Textual Versions with an Edition, København, 2002, I, 150.

39v‑40v

‘Ptolomeus igitur incedens Mercurii vestigiis in libro suo qui vocatur Almagesti de motu sic ait: Ait enim omnis motus aut de puncto aut ad punctum — absque omni errore a docto artifice perpenditur.’