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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Arras, Bibliothèque Municipale, 844 (47)

s. XIIIex-XIVin (c. 1300).

Prov.:

monastery St Vaast of Arras by 1628 (ex-libris f. 3r).

Parchment, 118 f., four contemporary hands (f. 2, 3-75, 76 and 77-118), decorated initials (reserved initials on f. 2r-2v and 76r). Numerous folia are missing throughout, something which affected all texts in this MS.

Astrology: Ptolemaica (2ra-2va); Albumasar, Introductorium maius, tr. John of Seville (3ra-53va); Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, Speculum astronomie (53vb-57ra); Ptolemaica (58ra-75ra); Albumasar, De magnis coniunctionibus (76ra-118ra). Blank: 1 (except for ‘Albumazar’ f. 1r), 57v, 75v, 76v, 118v (except for notes).

Bibl.

Catalogue des manuscrits de la bibliothèque de la ville d’Arras, Arras, 1860, 23 (no. 47); Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France. Départements, IV, Paris, 1872, 333-334; P. Zambelli, S. Caroti, M. Pereira, S. Zamponi, Alberto magno: Speculum astronomiae, Pisa, 1977, 95; R. Lemay, Abū Maʿšar al-Balḫī [Albumasar]: Liber introductorii maioris ad scientiam judiciorum astrorum, Napoli, 1995-1996, IV, 160-163; A. Paravicini Bagliani, Le Speculum Astronomiae, une énigme? Enquête sur les manuscrits, Turnhout, 2001, 9.

2ra–⁠2vb

‘<P>rimi libri capitula 34. <P>rimum in collectione scientie iudiciorum astrorum… [chapter index]. <R>erum, Iesuri, in quibus est pronosticabilis scientie stellarum perfectio magnas et precipuas duas esse deprehendimus — enim huius artis earum prognosticationes solis experimentis frequenter agno<scunt>…’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (A.2.1), I.1-2. Abrupt end towards the middle of c. 2 due to missing folia. No glosses.

58ra–⁠75ra

‘Primi libri capitula 34 [corr. in sunt XXIIIIor]. Primum in collectione scientie iudiciorum astrorum… [chapter index]. Rerum, Iesuri, in quibus est pronosticabilis scientie stellarum perfectio magnas et precipuas duas esse deprehendimus… (67va) Finit tractatus III libri IIII B’th’i [Batholomei?] feliciter. Tu autem domine misere Platoni. Deo gracias. — (74vb) in hoc loco huic libro Deo volente finem i<m>ponere non incongruum existimamus. Explicit liber IIII Ba [deleted] Ptholomei in iudicandi dis(75ra)cretione per stellas de futuris in hoc mundo constitutionis et destructionis contingentibus. Deo gratias. Et perfecta est eius translatio de Arabico in Latinum a Tiburtino Platone, cui Deus parcat, die Veneris, hora tercia XXa die mensis Octobris, anno domini MCXXXVIIIo, XV die mensis Saphar, anno Arabum DXXXIIIo, in civitate Barchinona. Et Deus nos custodiat et actus nostros dirigat. Tu autem, domine, misere nostri. Explicit.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (A.2.1). I, 58ra-62vb; III, 63ra-67va; IV, 67va-75ra, with major lacunae, including the whole of Book II and most of Book III, due to one or several missing folia between f. 58 and 59 (I.2-3), 60 and 61 (I.6-9), 62 and 63 (I.14-III.10, several missing folia), 63 and 64 (III.10), 64 and 65 (III.11-12), 65 and 66 (III.13), 66 and 67 (III.13-14) and 71 and 72 (IV.6-8). Occasional short marginal notes by one or two later hands.