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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 275

s. XV2 (f. 2r-12v copied in 1469, cf. colophon).


MS assembled and partly copied by Hartmann Schedel in Nürnberg.


Munich, library of the dukes of Bavaria.

Paper, I+197 f., two hands (I [Hartmann Schedel]: f. I-61, 158r and 192r-197; II: f. 62-157), beautiful MS with painted initial on f. 2r. F. 159-191 contain a book printed in Augsburg in 1472.

Astrology and astronomy: table of contents (Ir); astrological notes (1r); Ptolemy’s biography excerpted from Walter Burley’s De vita et moribus philosophorum: ‘Ptolomeus philosophus tempore Adriani imperatoris claruit… in quadruvialibus valde doctissimus. Hec ex libro de vita et moribus philosophorum’; Ptolemaica (2r-13r); astrological notes (13v-14r); John of Gmunden, Kalendarium 1439-1514 (14v-29r); computus tables 1463-1501 for the meridian of Nürnberg (29v-31bisr); solar and lunar tables 1464-1527 (32r-34v); canons for an almanac, in German (35r-37v), including tables for Venus (36v-37r); astronomical and astrological notes (37v-38r); Prophatius Judeus, Almanach (38v-57v); tables of houses for the latitude 48° (58r-59v); ‘Tabula stationum et directionum planetarum’ (60r-60v); Leopold of Austria, De astrorum scientia (61v-132r); Albumasar (?), Liber similitudinum, beginning only (132r-132v); Pierre d’Ailly, Elucidarium astronomice concordie cum theologica et historica veritate excerpts (132v-138v); Pierre d’Ailly, Apologetica defensio astronomice veritatis, excerpts (139r-139v); Pseudo-Albumasar, Astronomia de diebus creticis (139v-144r); Perscrutator, De impressionibus aeris (144r-154v); Pierre d’Ailly, Vigintiloquium de concordia astronomice veritatis cum theologia, excerpts (154v-156r); Pierre d’Ailly, De concordantia astronomice veritatis et narrationis historice, excerpts (156r-157v); notes added by Hartmann Schedel: planetary positions for 10 February 1440 and horoscope for 23 February 1479 (?) (158r); Isidore of Seville, De natura rerum, printed (159r-178r); Thurecensis Phisicus, judgement on the comet of 1472, printed (180r-191v); Hartmann Schedel, notes on comets (192r); Bethen, Centiloquium (192v-195r); note of Hartmann Schedel (196v); Hartmann Schedel, notes of medicine and astronomy (197r-197v). Blank: Iv, 31bisv, 61r, 158v, 178v-179v, 195v-196r.


Hartmann Schedel copied both Ptolemaic sections from Munich, BSB, Clm 276 (see).


C. Halm, G. Laubmann, Catalogus Codicum Latinorum Bibliothecae Regiae Monacensis, I.1: Clm 1-2329, München, 1868, 69-70; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 252-253; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, I: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bayerische Staatsbibliothek de Munich, Paris, 2011, 63-64.


‘Dixit Ptolomeus: Iam scripsi tibi fore libros de hoc quid operantur stelle in hoc seculo… Scientia stellarum ex te et ex illis est et quanto melius quivimus exposuimus. Finit Centiloquium Ptolomei astrologi cum commento Halii. Scripsi Hartmannus Schedel anno domini MCCCC°LXIX° die undecima Aprilis in Nuremberga. Laus Deo optimo.’

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

, except for the preface and v. 1-9, given in Plato of Tivoli’s translation (B.1.2), and v. 10, missing altogether. The commentary is missing for v. 1-4. The propositions of v. 11-100 are given in ‘Mundanorum 2’ only. No glosses.


‘Ptolomeus dixit: Iste stelle cum caudis sunt novem in regibus et divitibus apparebit.’