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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz, lat. fol. 54 (964)

s. XV1 (f. 2-69 copied in 1440, cf. f. 69ra: ‘Et sic finis huius libri etc. anno 1440’, this date probably also applies to f. 74-137, copied by the same hand).

Prov.:

monastery of Maria Laach; acquired by the Royal Library in Berlin in 1819.

Paper, 215 f., several alternating hands.

Astrology: table: geographical coordinates of 33 cities (1r); Haly Abenragel, De iudiciis astrorum, Books I-III and VII-VIII (1v-69ra); notes on the great conjunctions ‘Cum secundum omnia (?) astronomus (?) ista coniunctio magna Saturni et Iovis…’ (69ra-73vb); Haly Embrani, De electionibus horarum (74ra-87rb); ‘Cavendum est ab inpedimento Lune sicut dixit Dorochius et ceteri sapientes in initio operum. Et sunt decem modi…’ (87rb); Roger of Hereford, De quatuor partibus iudiciorum astronomie (87va-95vb); Albumasar, Introductorium maius, tr. John of Seville, Books IV-VIII (96ra-137rb); prognostication for 1433, based on the lunar eclipse of 17 June (137rb-140ra); ‘Sicut dicit Aomar in fine libri sui de nativitatibus…’ (140ra-140vb), ‘Hec est sententia Aschenden. Frater qui se ipsum vocat Perscrutator in tractatu suo…’ (140vb-142vb); Albumasar, Flores (146ra-157rb); Messahallah, Liber receptionis (157va-168ra); Messahallah, De cogitatione (168ra-168vb); ‘Item modum ad faciendum lac virginis…’ (169ra); Abraham Avenezra, De mundo vel seculo, tr. Henri Bate of Mechelen (170ra-176vb); Messahallah, De revolutionibus annorum mundi, incomplete (177ra-179vb); ‘Ad inveniendum gradum ascendentem in nativitatibus per regulam conceptionis inspice exemplum hoc…’ (179va-181vb); Abraham Avenezra, Liber de nativitatibus (182ra-193rb); Abraham Avenezra, Liber nativitatum et revolutionum earum, tr. Pietro d’Abano, second part on revolutions (193rb-194rb); Ptolemaica (194va-207vb); ‘Debilitas planetarum fit 10 modis et inpedimentum eorum in nativitatibus et interrogationibus… Explicit liber Arpachelii introductorius ad librum iudiciorum Arabum’ (208ra-213ra); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (213ra-215rb); ‘Item de Guido de Cauliacho magister medicine preclarissimus capitulo de lapide…’ (215rb); Ptolemaica (215va-215vb); ‘Aries habet caput, faciem et pupillam…’ (215vb). Blank: 143-145, 169v.

Lit.

V. Rose, Verzeichniss der lateinischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin, II.3, Berlin, 1905, 1209-1213 (no. 964); R. Lemay, Abū Ma‘šar al-Balḫī [Albumasar]: Liber introductorii maioris ad scientiam judiciorum astrorum, Napoli, 1995-1996, IV, 138; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 329-331.

194va‑207vb

‘Mundanorum ad hoc et ad illud mutatio corporum celestium mutatione… Scientia stellarum ex te et illis est. Astrologus non debet dicere rem specialiter sed universaliter… Quod dixit (194vb) Ptho<lome>us, ex te et illis, significat quod qui futuras res prenoscere desiderat — (207rb) et quanto melius quivimus exposuimus. Ptholomeus in hoc loco tricas et tricarum nomina posuit… (207va) Stelle cum caudis sunt 9 — in regibus et divitibus apparebit. Explicit Centiloquium Ptolomei.’

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

, with proposition of v. 1 also given in Plato of Tivoli’s version (B.1.2). Verba numbers are given in the margin, with an error starting with v. 2 numbered ‘3’ and v. 99-100 numbered ‘100’. The text includes Pseudo-Ptolemy’s De cometis (B.4) as the last chapter on f. 207rb-207vb. No glosses.

215va‑215vb

‘Ptolomeus dicit: Si aspexerit significator ascendens erit genus rei occulte — et ita de reliquis domibus.’