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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Arras, Bibliothèque Municipale, 844 (47)

s. XIVin.

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).

Lit.

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 Ma‘šar 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 MCXXXVIII°, XV die mensis Saphar, anno Arabum DXXXIII°, 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.