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Ptolemaeus

Arabus et Latinus

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Seville, Biblioteca Capitular y Colombina, 7-7-30

s. XV (f. 1-109 appear to have been copied partly in 1424 and in 1448). Or.: Padua for f. 1-109, cf. f. 89r: ‘Gilbertus de Olandia studens in medicinis Pad<ue> scripsit et complevit die 5° Ianuarii 1424 Pad<ue>’ and f. 100r: ‘Expliciunt demonstrationes Blasii de Parma super theorica planetarum copulate (!) per ipsum Padue anno domini 1448 d… (?) ibidem legeret generaliter (?) etc.’. Prov.: the MS was bought in Rome in 1530 (cf. f. 169v: ‘Este libro costo en Roma 60 quatrines a 28 de setienbre de 1530 y el ducado d’oro vale 420 quatrines’); Ferdinand Columbus (d. 1539) (ex-libris f. 1r).

Paper, 169 f., two contemporary hands (f. 1-109 and 112-166), reserved initials.

Astrology and astronomy: Pietro d’Abano, Lucidator dubitabilium astronomie (1r-29r); Antonius de Monte Ulmi, De iudiciis nativitatum (32r-54r); ‘De forma nati. Difficile est ad iudicandum de forma nati propter causas alias…’ (60r-80v); ‘Quoniam secundum philosophum in principio medicine sue omnes homines natura scientie desiderant…’ (82r-89r); Blasius of Parma, Demonstrationes in theorica planetarum (92r-100r); John of Harelbeke (?), Tractatus de spera solida (100r-109v); Pietro d’Abano, De motu octave sphere (112r-118r); Ptolemaica (118v-144v, 144v-145r and 145r-145v); historical notes mentioning Padua, Rome and the year 1227 (146r); notes ‘Plures experti sunt sapientes hos tres dies anni in inceptionibus operum…’ (146r); Albumasar, De electionibus liber (146v-166r); table of contents (169v). Blank: 29v-31v, 54v-59v, 81, 89v-91v, 110-111, 166v-169r.

Lit. R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 272-274; J. F. Sáez Guillén, P. Jiménez de Cisneros Vencelá, Catálogo de manuscritos de la Biblioteca Colombina de Sevilla, Sevilla, 2002, I, 711-712.

118v‑144v

‘<C>ommentator libri centum verborum Ptolomei dicitur fuisse Haly philosophus. Ait: Dixit Ptolomeus: Iam scripsi tibi, Iesure, libros de hoc quod operantur stelle in hoc seculo… <S>ciencia stellarum ex te et illis est. Hic docetur quomodo astro<logus> iudicare debeat… Glosa. Scientia stellarum dividitur in duo, in astrologiam et astronomiam, quarum utraque habet suam theoricam et suam practicam…. <E>xpositio primi verbi. Quod dixit Ptolomeus, ex te et illis est, significat quod qui res futuras prenoscere dexiderat (!) — Et ego Deum deprecor ut te dilligat. Perfecta est huius libri translatio 17 die mensis Martii, … (?) mensis Gamedi secundi, anno Arabum 520 et Deo gracias. Amen. Explicit liber centum verborum Ptolomei sive Centiloquii cum commento Haly Deo dicamus gracias.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (B.1.2), except the proposition of v. 1, which has been replaced by an original commentary (‘Hic docetur quomodo… Glosa. Scientia stellarum dividitur…’). The same original commentary occurs in Dublin, TC, 397 (see). A few glosses by the scribe.

144v‑145r

‘<D>ixerunt Pto<lome>us et Hermes quod locus Lune, scilicet signum, gradus et minutum in quibus erat — expertus fuit multociens.’

145r‑145v

‘<P>tolomeus dixit quod stelle cum caudis sunt novem — et divitibus aparebit.’