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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ashburnham 203 (129/135)

s. XVIin (computus tables 1512-1534 f. 57r).

Or.:

copied by one ‘Antonius Federicus de Gallis’ (f. 20r), probably in northern Italy (Mantua?).

Prov.:

‘Ad usum patris Anselmi de Mantua confessoris et concionatoris ordinis minorum observantium’ (f. 1v, apparently in another hand).

Paper, 78 f., a single hand, small painted initials at the beginning of each section.

Astrology: astrological tables, mainly on signs and planets (1v-6r); Hermes, Centiloquium (8r-20r); ‘Declaratio nominum astrologorum. Elevationes quatuor modis intelliguntur…’ (21r-24r); Ptolemaica (25r-31r and 59r-66v); Capitula Almansoris (32r-45v); Ptolemaica (46r-47v); Zael, Quinquaginta precepta (48r-54r); tables and notes of computus and astronomy (55r-58v); Bethen, Centiloquium (67r-72v); Bethen, De horis planetarum (72v-75v). Blank:1r, 6v-7v, 20v, 24v, 31v, 54v, 76-78.

Lit.

I codici Ashburnhamiani della R. Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana di Firenze, I.3, Roma, 1891 [Indici e cataloghi VIII], 207-208 (no. 129).

25r‑31r, 59r‑66v

‘Incipit liber centum verborum Ptholomei. Dixit Ptholomeus: Iam scripsi tibi, Iesure, libros de hoc quod operantur stelle in hoc seculo… Verbum primum in cognitione eorum qui verum iudicium perhybentur. Scientia stellarum ex te et illis est — ex aliqua civitate eiusdem climatis. Finis. Pro expositione huius verbi require a co 46.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (B.1.2)

, without the commentary. No glosses. The text breaks off after the list of conjunctions in v. 50 on f. 31r and f. 31v has been left blank. The text resumes on f. 59r with v. 51. The last sentence refers to the text below.

46r‑47v

‘De cometis Ptho<olome>i. Ptholomeus in loco isto dicit scynthillationes (!) stellarum etiam stelle cum caudis sunt. Ait Pthol<omeus> quod ille syntillationes significant bona et si fuerint ex una parte ventos significat ex ea parte venturo — (46v) faciunt istas sintillationes, et ideo significant siccitatem. Pth<olomeus>: Tricas et tricarum nomina posuit… Stelle cum caudis sunt 9 que mundum movent — ultra quantitatem eius competentem. Finis suus … (?). Τελεοσ.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, De cometis (B.4)

, in a longer version, whose first part is adapted from v. 100 of the Centiloquium (both the proposition and the beginning of the commentary) in the ‘Mundanorum’ version (B.1.4). No glosses.