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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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New York, Columbia University – Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Plimpton 202

s. XVIin.


University of Cracow.


George A. Plimpton (ex-libris, inner front cover).

Paper, 64 f., two hands (f. 1-48 and 49-64).

Astrology: notes ‘Pro diffinicionem astrologie…’ (1r-1v) and ‘De inventoribus astronomie et astrologie…’ (1v); Ptolemaica (2r-48v); text on nativities ‘Forma datur propter merita nature postquam de statura corporis ac eius complexione tractamus nunc de moribus nati et qualitate animi…’ (49r-64v). This text is also found in MS Cracow, BJ, 2620, s. XVI, pp. 145 and 164-176 (cf. G. Rosińska, Scientific Writings and Astronomical Tables in Cracow. A Census of Manuscripts Sources (xivth-xvith Centuries), Wrocław-Warszawa, no. 1812).


S. De Ricci, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada, II, New York, 1937, 1790; S. Ives, ‘Corrigenda and Addenda to the Descriptions of the Plimpton Manuscripts as Recorded in the De Ricci Census’, Speculum 17 (1942), 33-49: 43; P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, V, London-Leiden, 1990, 309.


‘[text] <R>es, o Mizori, quibus perficiuntur prenosticaciones accepte de astronomia maiores et nobiliores sunt due. Una quarum est qui (!) debet in ordinacione et virtute preponi et est hec ars qua duorum luminarium et quinque planetarum figure sciuntur secundum motum suum… [comm.] Iste liber totalis dividitur in quatuor partes. In prima Ptholomeus compilavit regulas generales — si ille natus erit Parsia et generaliter dico quod primo debemus res accipere ultimas (?) in quanto…’

= Cracow Commentary on the Quadripartitum (II) (C.2.13). Book I, 2r-15v; II, 16r-31r; III, 31v-41r; IV, 41v-48v. The text breaks off towards the end of c. IV.9, due to missing folia. Substantial glosses throughout, which form the body of the commentary. Many of these glosses give the opinion of other authors, mainly ‘Hali’, but also Albumasar, Leopold of Austria, John of Eschenden (‘autor summe Anglicane’), Hippocrates, Thebit, Alfraganus etc.