PAL

Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, lat. fol. 753 (Görres 72)

s. XV1 (perhaps c. 1426, see below).

Or.:

the MS was copied by the same scribe who copied the Quadripartitum in Aachen in 1426 in MS Aberdeen, UL, 364.

Prov.:

St Maximin of Trier (ex-libris f. 1r and 2r).

Parchment, 237 f., a single neat hand, richly decorated initials.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: 1r-1v (except ex-libris f. 1r), 237.

Bibl.

F. Schillmann, Verzeichniss der lateinischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, III: Die Görreshandschriften, Berlin, 1919, 71-72; P. Kunitzsch, Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, II, Wiesbaden, 1990, 19; S. Georges, Sensus huius littere. Gerard of Cremona’s Translation of Ptolemy’s Almagest and How It Was Glossed in Space and Time (forthcoming).

2r‑236v

‘Quidam princeps nomine Albuguafe in libro suo quem scientiarum electionem et verborum nominavit… (3r) Capitulum primum de excellentia huius artis et fine eius utilitatis. Bonum quidem fecerunt in eo quod video illi qui perscrutati sunt… (4r) Iterum capitulum primum alterius translationis. Bonum domine fuit quod sapientibus non deviantibus visum est — et abbreviationem iam sequitur et honestum est ut ponamus hoc finem libri. Expleta est dictio 13 libri Ptholomei et completur Almagesti de disciplinalibus quem magister Gerardus Cremonensis transtulit ex Arabico in Latinum. Summa omnium conclusionum 217.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2), Class B. Preface, 2r-3r; I, 3r-17v; II, 17v-37r; III, 37r-51r; IV, 51r-69r; V, 69r-90r; VI, 90r-111v; VII, 111v-130r; VIII, 130r-147r; IX, 147r-170r; X, 170r-183r; XI, 183r-202v; XII, 202v-218r; XIII, 218r-236v. Chapter I.1 is given in two versions: Isḥāq’s version, 3r-4r, and the standard al-Ḥajjāj’s version, 4r-5r. Substantial glosses by the scribe throughout, at times more important than the text.