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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 2388

s. XIII2.

Prov.:

Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490).

Parchment, I+56 f., a single hand copied the core of the MS (f. 8-52). F. I-6 and 55-56 (two hands, late 13th or 14th c.) form one unit which was added to the MS at a later stage.

Astrology, astronomy and medicine (f. 8-52): Ptolemaica (8r-22v); Alfraganus, De scientia astrorum, tr. John of Seville (23ra-40ra); ‘Tractatus quidam de regimine principum. Nota ad universalem notitiam hic de regimine principum…’ (40ra-52ra). The added parts contain the chapter index of a theological work (Iv-5r) and fragments of a biblical commentary (5r-6r and 55r-56v). Blank: Ir, 6v-7v, 52v-54v.

Lit.

Tabulae codicum manu scriptorum praeter Graecos et Orientales in Bibliotheca Palatina Vindobonensi asservatorum, II: Cod. 2001-3500, Wien, 1868, 66; C. Csapodi, The Corvinian Library. History and Stock, Budapest, 1973, 336 (no. 553); R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 387-388.

8r‑22r

‘Centiloquium Ptolomei. <M>undanorum ad hoc et ad illud mutatio corporum celestium… Scientia namque astrorum ex te et illis est… Scientia stellarum ex te et illis est. Astrologus non debet dicere rem specialiter sed universaliter… Quod dixit Ptholomeus, ex te et illis, significat quod que res futuras prenoscere desiderat — et quanto melius quivimus exposuimus. Explicit liber.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (version ‘Mundanorum’) (B.1.4)

, with proposition of v. 1 also given in Plato of Tivoli’s translation (B.1.2). Occasional short marginal notes by another hand.

22r‑22v

‘<P>tholomeus in hoc libro tricas et tricarum nomina ponit… Stelle cum caudis sunt IX que mundum movent — in regibus et princibus apparebit. Et hec de cometis breviter distinximus, sicut de conceptus et nativitatis hora dicendum.’

22v

‘<D>ixerunt Ptholomeus et Hermes quod Lune locus in hora — et hoc expertus fuit multotiens.’